The Watershed , Africa’s new home for craft and design held its grand opening last night at the Waterfront. Although it has been open for a few weeks now and already had a soft opening, the grand event was the finale complete with dancing entertainment, food stall trucks, craft beer on tap and wine bars where one could buy not only a glass but could take home an entire case of South African wine if preferred.
With over 150 exhibitors of design and craft from furniture to jewelry, kids clothing to african chic vintage, there is no doubt that one can find the finest on offer in Cape Town. Some of my favorite designers now exhibiting here are Missibaba, Moonbasket, Ithalomso, Puchulik and Skermunkil. Some favorite new discoveries included wallpaper from Robin Sprong, benches by Vogel, rope baskets by Aliza Sholk and chairs by James Mudge among many others. Open 364 days a year from 9am to 9pm with a contemporary market feel, the Watershed is like a permanent Design Indaba, making it the perfect place for anyone interested in export to source designs.
The exhibiting stalls on the first floor gave way to creatively designed spaces put together on the second floor of various designs to be found at the Watershed. This allowed a potential interior designer or connoisseur to envision how one design fit with another. It gave the entire project a mass thread that pulled South African craft onto a stage that is of the best design to be seen in the world.