Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City, is regarded as South Africa’s design capital, and has been chosen as the World Design Capital for 2014. Perhaps it’s the scenic beauty of the city that inspires creatives to express their craft in unique and award-winning ways.

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Contemporary South African furniture designer, Haldane Martin, won the prestigious SABS DISA award for his innovative Zulu Mama Chair in 2007.

Design in Cape Town is varied and widespread. From advertising to the arts, some of the country's most creative people, including a number of influential furniture designers, choose to live and work in Cape Town.

Adjoining the Cape Town city centre, the narrow streets and Victorian buildings of the De Waterkant is where it all started. Many designers still have their studios in this picturesque old part of the city. The Cape Quarter, an open-air shopping mall where visitors can enjoy a snapshot of the best in local and international design, is another place not to be missed.

In Cape Town, design styles fall into several different 'schools'. On the Atlantic seaboard, architect Stefan Antoni and his firm Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, have captured the elegant and opulent lifestyles of the rich and famous who live and holiday in Clifton and Fresnaye. The sophisticated Stefan Antoni look is now available to anyone at his shop Okha in the Gardens suburb.

In recent years, Cape Town designers have set up shop in unlikely locations. Woodstock, a former warehousing and low-cost housing district, is now home to Cape Town's most innovative designers and gallery owners.

Cape Town has also seen a massive revival of modern designs as well as the 'upcycling' of vintage furniture, with a touch of contemporary glitz.

Certain Cape Town designers have seen their work recognised internationally. Heath Nash's recycled plastic pendant light, Gregor Jenkin's mild-steel Cape Table, and Haldane Martin's Zulu Mama chair are just some of the city's noted designs that are sold in design emporiums around the world.

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