What was over a century old historical highway shed on the square of Joburg’s Newtown Junction, has been transformed into a design market that emphasizes locally made products. Work Shop New Town blends high-end fashion with enterprising design and delicious dining experiences. Located nearby the Market Theatre and Klippies jazz club, it’s a complimentary addition to Newtown’s entertainment hub. With over 45 stalls, underground parking, artist studios, restaurants and bars, the market is set to, like Braamfontein and Maboneng, become a buzzing inner-city neighbourhood.
The Potato Shed, a heritage restaurant and craft brewery, serves appetising artisan dishes and in February, Town, an Afro-Asian eatery will open, as well as Life’s molecular mixology bar in the Edwardian men’s room. Work Shop New Town is open seven days a week and family orientated with enough space to host weekend festivals and interactive events for all ages. Hosting a mix of designers from all over SA provides a nuanced selection of fashion and design products. Love Jozi, Joburg’s Black Coffee, Kisua, Wolf and Maiden, Pichulik, MaXhosa by Laduma, Kat van Duinen and Unknown Union are some well-known brands stocked between traditional African design and art from Assemblage.
We’re enthused that the same company, SOURCE, who curated the the V&A’s successful Watershed project, are making local design products accessible to different parts of the city.
Photos by Chris Saunders