DESIGNER TRUNK SHOW – The Memphis Edition! Featuring Cape Town’s Best Independent Designers for One Night Only.
After the incredible success of the previous Designer Trunk Show’s earlier this year in Cape Town; Anna Raimondo, the designer behind SMITH Jewellery, presents her third Designer Trunk Show – The Memphis Edition. Inspired by the Memphis Group that was headed by Ettore Sottsas in the 1980’s which was defined by it’s colourful geometric style. Each designer at the Trunk Show offers products that tie in with this theme.
Taking place at 6 Spin St, Cape Town on 14th December 2016, shoppers can expect to see beautiful handmade items from the likes of Angels & Earth, Feat Sock Co, Keri Muller, Ash Ceramics, Edition1, Henriette Botha, Lorne, Clementine Ceramics, Temple of Reason, I Speak Gayle and SMITH Jewellery.
Each designer is known for creating unique and quality work by hand and as a group will offer a variety of products for purchase including woven baskets, children’s swimwear, beauty products, lingerie, sculpture, art, home accessories, fashion, gin, ceramics and jewellery.
“We’ve themed this show the Memphis Edition to reflect the popular and dynamic movement founded by the Memphis Group in the 80’s and have selected designers that have products that tie into this theme.” said the event curator, Anna Raimondo.
Shoppers will be treated to welcome drinks sponsored by Grand Provence as well as some canapé’s as they peruse the different items on offer in this beautiful and intimate venue. They will also get a unusual opportunity to engage with the designers themselves directly.
Designer Trunk Show – The Spring Edition, 14th December 2016 at 6 Spin St 6.00pm-9.00pm. Free entry.
About the brands participating:
Angels & Earth
Angels & Earth Terrariums are fascinating, educating and help you understand the principles to sustaining life. Their geometric glass containers that are not only visually appealing but also functional. The glass containers ensure a consistent balance of temperature and humidity. It also protects the internal environment from external elements. The built-in air vents promote healthy air movement and they’ve pioneered their own drainage and self watering systems.
FEAT. sock co
FEAT. sock co. is a bespoke sock company started in October 2012 by two best friends who decided to turn their love of gifting socks into a business. All of FEAT. sock co.’s socks are made in Cape Town, with a focus on high quality, a commitment to supporting local industry and a desire to make socks that tell stories and make fun gifts.
Keri is primarily an artist that works in a wide range of mediums. She started her business ‘Simple Intrigue’ in 2010 as a home for her diverse range of products and art pieces. Her most well known work is with salvaged books from recycling, exploring the reuse of these dumped items and giving them the chance to tell another story. Her work extends into commissioned projects that include building installations for events, shop windows and film sets, all working with various mediums.
The natural world has always been Keri’s greatest source of inspiration and nourishment. This has led to many temporary and private outdoor installations and an ongoing fascination with the various talismans the earth turns up. It’s this personal connection with nature that is being explored through her series of totems and objects incorporating significant semi-precious stones.
Facets is a collaboration between Anna Raimondo (SMITH Jewellery) and Keri Muller (Simple Intrigue). Designed as part of an exhibition the two did earlier this year, these mobiles incorporate locally sourced materials, such as brass and semi-precious stones, and explore the concept of the modern day totem in our multi faceted lives cuanto cuesta la viagra.
Ash Ceramics focuses on high quality homeware with a contemporary edge. Designs are inspired by modern city living in the colourful city of Cape Town and forms are influenced by minimalist Scandinavia. Each ceramic piece brings together the age old tradition of pottery and contemporary design. Every product, small or large, should be able to stand by itself as a beautiful object regardless of functionality. Nevertheless, all tableware and vessels are food and water safe, designed to be enjoyed with beautiful food, flowers and people. Each Ash Ceramic piece is unique, as every piece is carefully hand made and hand painted by Catherine Ash in Woodstock, Cape Town.
Apotments are a collaboration between Fabrica Creative Consultancy and Ash Ceramics, because every plant needs an apartment to call home.
The pot stands mimic high rise buildings in which we live, while the designs on the pots replicate the windows and façades of the cityscape. The pots are ceramic and stands steel. Both are handmade in South Africa.
Edition 1 is a new accessories business whose focus is on unusual and unexpected pattern design. Designs begin with photographs, which are cut out, manipulated and composed before being printed onto cotton and silk pocket squares and scarves. Car Culture, the first line, is inspired by the city Johannesburg better known as Jozi. It is vibrant, bold and full of traffic just like Jozi. The Edition 1 perspective is one that promotes fashion as something that should be fun and that merges a sense of exuberance and an unconstrained attitude with elegance and grace. All can exist together. Edition 1 is focused on bringing clients high quality cotton and silk pieces and going forward will make experimentation with fabric and design a priority.
Henriette Botha accessories and jewels are influenced by a woman who is empowered, a freethinker who is confident, ambitious and inspired, not lead by fashion but creates it in her own stride. The brand was established in 2012 and is 100% handmade in Johannesburg, and have taken a new and modern approach to traditional craft in order to make high quality pieces of an international standard.
They use local artisans in order to maintain the craft indigenous to our country whilst at the same time developing skill and creating jobs; stringing together tribal beauty through a community driven project.
Clementina van der Walt is a well-known South African studio potter, based in Cape Town, who has in the past four decades lectured, run a production studio and held many one-person shows.
Her work is represented in several international and South African national collections. She has participated in major shows abroad.
The work Clementina is displaying at this Designer Trunk Show is inspired by design group, Memphis, founded by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. Her love for the irregular use of bright colours and quirky off-centre geometric shapes and patterns is evident. Which in turn remind us of the paintings of the Russian Constructivist, Malevich, and also the mark making of Kandinsky and Miro.
Lorne jewellery is in a way serious about not taking itself too seriously, combining abstract designs with everyday functionality. It’s a mixture of whimsical design and spontaneity. The process of making is of great importance. Gillian Lawrence, the designer behind Lorne, has a need to enjoy manufacture and design as much as the wearer will enjoy their new accessory, therefore sustaining a certain level of freedom which she hope’s is portrayed through her many collections.
Temple of Reason
Temple of reason is a Cape Town based design label launched in the Summer of 2015. Inspired to bring artists and ready-to-wear together, Temple of Reason collaborates with artists to transform their talent into a different medium – men’s swimwear. Each collection is created as a limited edition and a percentage of the profit goes to a charity of the artist’s choice.
I Speak Gayle
Cape Town based brand inspired by the Gayle language of our Queens of the 60’s – whose dictionary they thought too fab not to wear. Everything about the brand supports South Africa’s local textile industry, from the fabric to the make-up.
SMITH Jewellery is a Cape Town-based brand owned by Anna Raimondo. Anna’s designs are inspired by her travels, the people she meets and the natural world around her. She creates jewels that tell a story, that are unique and that she would like to wear herself. Each piece is made by hand, in her Cape Town studio, which ensures that no two items are the same. Anna’s jewels are made out of gold plated brass, rose gold plated copper, bronze, sterling silver, yellow/white gold, platinum and semi-precious stones.