It’s that time of year again – the best time – when the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner gets transformed into a glorious atelier showcasing the best artisanal products and produce South Africa has to offer. Now in its fifth year, the fair has been boldly renamed the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, and this year’s event, which takes place this weekend from Friday the 7th to Sunday the 9th of November, will see an assortment of special curatorial projects that will bring this concept to life.
The special projects will include the Handmade Contemporary Showcase, which will be a dedicated space for artisans to display their craft – from leather workers, to jewellery makers to hand-pulled noodle experts – to give visitors an exclusive glimpse into the studio life of artisans and a visual understanding of what Handmade Contemporary really means. Chefs in the City and Journey Through Franschhoek are two culinary special projects that visitors will literally savour.
Central to the concept of this event, and which the new name speaks to, is the notion of quality rather than quantity. Fair curator, Roberta Thatcher, explains that the “new name encompasses all the curatorial work that goes into this event to bring together true artisans immersed in their craft.” This year’s Handmade Contemporary Fair will feature 117 exhibitors from the lifestyle categories of design, food and wine. We are also told that there will be a good balance between returning favourites and exciting newcomers.
Every year, Artlogic works with a celebrated local designer to devise a new aesthetic for the event. The 2014 Featured Designer is Joe Paine, whose focus on planters and outdoor furniture is an obvious choice for this year’s event, thanks to the exploding botanical trend. Joe says that he hopes to “create an interesting space with plants and products that has elements of the Victorian conservatory,” which visitors will encounter as they enter the fair.
- Friday 7 November: 12h00 – 22h00
- Saturday 8 November: 10h00 – 22h00
- Sunday 9 November: 10h00 – 16h00
Check back early next week to see our roundup of who was there and what we loved most.