GUILD Design Fair

Southern Guild


GUILD, the inaugural Design Fair by Southern Guild kicks off next week in Cape Town as part of World Design Capital 2014.


The fair will bring together into one carefully curated space hand made, limited edition collectable design from Africa, the US, South America, Britain and Europe. GUILD will explore the theme of ‘making’ at a very elevated, collectible level, where the word ‘guild’ implies a group of individuals sharing the same interests and goals, formed for mutual aid and to maintain standards of excellence.


Trevyn McGowan, founder and director of Southern Guild, explains some of the thinking behind this exhibition-cum-fair:


The inaugural GUILD will see pioneering, hand crafted design pieces return to the birthplace of the ‘man made object’, Africa, exhibited alongside the earliest artefacts produced a hundred thousand years ago. From man’s involvement with ‘making’ at its most basic, instinctive and original form, to objects created using leading edge technological processes, GUILD will explore inspired work, at the intersection between design, craft and art. Rather than just a commercial platform, this is also an academic and institution led examination of what is important to us as a society and understanding the most essential forms of human expression on a functional level.


The fair’s featured designer is Spanish-born, Dutch-based Nacho Carbonell. Global galleries showing are R 20th Century NY, Milan’s Rossana Orlandi and Brazilian-Colombian collective Coletivo Amor de Madre. African design will be represented by Design Network Africa and Southern Guild, as well as through the Origins Centre’s exhibit, ‘Design Origins Africa South’.


The V&A Museum and British Council will also launch their Makers Library project at GUILD, and the exciting Agents of the 3D Revolution collective will show how the best international 3D print designers and artists are shaping new technology to serve their creative needs.


GUILD Design Fair will take place between  February 28 and March 9 2014 at the The Lookout in Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront.


Southern Guild
R & Company
Haas Brothers Hex Stool
Design Network Africa – Cheick Diallo Dibi char and Dokter and Misses Sweat lamp
Southern Guild – Daniella Mooney’s Parguetry
Agents of the 3D Revolution – Keith Brown: Dive View
R & Company
Coletivo Amore De Madre – Studio Swine Cactus light
Southern Guild – Gregor Jenkins and William Kentridge Corner chair and pedestal
Design Network Africa – Studio Session: Andile
Design Network Africa – Hamed Design
Rossana Orlandi – WonMin Park: Haze Series
Southern Guild
Nacho Carbonell




We’ve got two to give away!

Like the GUILD Facebook page, and leave us a comment below saying which designer or piece of design you’re most excited to see at the fair and why. (Be sure to leave a legit email address so that we can contact you if you’re a winner)



Opening times:

Friday 28 Feb: 11am – 3pm (opening day)

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm

Sunday 2 Mar: 11am – 6pm

Sunday 9 Mar: 11am – 4pm (closing day)



Guided Talks:

There will be a series of different talks given free of charge with entry during the duration of the fair.

  • The Southern Guild directors
  • Samsung Talks by different designers and academics who are participating in the fair
  • School and student tours

Check here for dates and times for each of the talks.



Tickets are available at Computicket and at the door.

Entrance is R75 Per person
R50 Students & pensioners
R120 GUILD & Cape Town Art Fair Pass
R200 10-day pass
Free Children under 12


Click here for all the info and to purchase tickets. 



  1. Hi Trace…we are going to be in capetown…will make a plan to see thia………….

  2. I am looking forward to seeing the Gregor Jenkins X William Kentridge stuff. So inspired by collaborations.

  3. Daniella Mooney’s Parguetry looks amazing in pictures and I’d love to see in real life.

  4. I’d love to see the Haas Brothers work! They’re whimsical stools and lounge chairs are amazing. Would love to sit on one 😉

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