Design Dialogues

Openings This Week: CT | Pecha Kucha, Young Painters and Design Dialogues

This week Open Design Cape Town hosts three free talk sessions around the theme of creativity while a group show of work by Alexia Vogel and Swain Hoogervorst is opening at Salon91. Don’t miss the last week of Common Methods, an open exhibition of international design collaboration between South Africa and The Netherlands. Here are all the details:


Tuesday, 19 August


Pecha Kucha Volume 30 takes place as part of Open Design


Pecha Kucha


9 inspiring speakers. 20 slides X 20 seconds per slide each.


Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street from 7pm – 9:15pm.


No RSVP required. See the Facebook event page for more information.



Wednesday, 20 August


/SCAPE, an exhibition by Alexia Vogel and Swain Hoogervorst is opening at Salon91





A collection of oil paintings by two exceptionally promising young South African painters, Alexia Vogel and Swain Hoogervorst.


Salon91, 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town at 6pm. RSVP to




Thursday, 21 August


Design Dialogues V6.0. takes place as part of Open Design.


Design Dialogues


Can collaboration make creative sparks fly, or simply start a fire? Could your competitor be a collaborator? Discover how collaboration can push you from your comfort zone and generate fresh ideas. Leading creatives tell of connections made – when they worked and when they didn’t.


Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street from 6pm. Please RSVP.



Friday, 22 August


Creative Mornings Cape Town takes place as part of Open Design.




About the Speaker: Jens Herf

Together with his team Jens founded Shopstar, a user-friendly eCommerce platform that allows anyone to easily create and manage their own online shop without having to write a single line of code. From music merchandise to artisan retail goods, Shopstar has helped grow a strong repertoire of emerging South African markets on a global scale.


City Hall from 8:30am to 10am. Entry is free. More informationReserve a seat.


Read our Self Starters interview with Jens.



Current Exhibitions


Common Methods





Common Methods presents The First Edition, an open exhibition of international design collaboration between South Africa and The Netherlands. Common Methods is launching on the African continent for the first time. A combination of South African and Dutch designers and local manufacturers along with international designers presents a dynamic and innovative collaborative collection of bronze and leather products. Each designer’s sketch book, tests and prototypes will be displayed among the final pieces, documenting their journey as a collaborative team. Common Methods makes a point to celebrate the failures of design as much as the success.


Read more about Common Methods. Follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram or check out their website.


Exhibition runs until 24 August at 75 on Harrington in the East City, Cape Town.



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