Stable is the new collaborative exhibition space in Loop Street, making local design, art and artisan items easily accessible. Aidan Bennetts Design opened the shop in August 2013, and it’s already a one-stop shop for innovative designer furniture, accessories and prints.
The space hosts products from 42 household names. Featured designers include furniture and accessories from Dark Horse, lighting & decor pieces from Mr Fox as well as Maiden Name’s functional and decorative hand-painted ceramics. Items from Kraftisan, JesseJames Design, Wolf and Maiden and Hout Couture are also sold here.
We caught up with Aidan to chat about Stable:
How did the concept of Stable come about?
I wear a few caps, one of these is as an interior designer, when we do commissions for our clients it is rather cumbersome to introduce South African designed items, as the designers themselves are widespread. This lead me to develop the stable concept in order to have a showcase of innovative South African design under one roof in order to make it accessible to the public and thereby promote the burgeoning design industry. Furthermore the website aims to establish itself as a comprehensive catalogue of South African design.
What’s the story behind the name?
Traditionally a stable refers to a space in which horses or other animals are kept, for me the word has great resonance as it provides a catchy description of a locality in which one would find a grouping of designers.
How did you choose which designers, artists and artisans to exhibit?
The selection process came about initially from designers/makers who I had built up relationships with over the past few years, others I had never met but had followed closely over the years. The two main ingredients in the selection process were that they had to be South African and their work needing to be cutting edge in terms of innovation.
Any other plans for the near future?
Stable is investigating potential sites in Johannesburg. We are also in discussion with Wesgro and the DTI to take a selection of the stable designers to two international trade fares next year.