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Sunday, 04 September 2016

Design Garage open for business

Creating: Graeme Lategan and Jean Booysens of Crib Creations in front of their Staghead and Bird Hangar designs Creating: Graeme Lategan and Jean Booysens of Crib Creations in front of their Staghead and Bird Hangar designs

CPUT’s latest showcase of student and alumni talent, the Design Garage, is now officially open for business.

The hip and happening space on the corner of De Villiers and Roeland Street lies in the heart of Cape Town’s emerging design precinct. Here you’ll find the creations of CPUT’s Informatics and Design students as well as designers from elsewhere, offering stunning fashion, furniture, jewelry, textile, graphic and industrial design products on sale to the public.

img-Design-Garage-open-for-business-3The shop front

Seed funding for the store to the tune of R100 000 was raised by CPUT’s Advancement Department. Design Garage manager, Pieter Cilliers, says since the launch, there’s been lots of interest, especially from neighbours and people that pass the building on a daily basis.

“Good publicity in the form of blog posts and newspaper articles have also brought in people. Alumni have been very excited to get their products into the shop, with many commenting that they wished something like this existed when they were studying,” says Cilliers.

“Those that managed to get their products in have been very motivated and it’s been great to get high quality products from junior students and not just from B- and M-Tech’s.”

Design Garage is staffed by shop manager, Tracey-Lee Schwartz and is open Monday to Friday from 8am-4pm.

img-Design-Garage-open-for-business-2Jaya van den Berg and her X-Opener, specially designed to pop the caps off craft beer bottles

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img-Design-Garage-open-for-business-8A selection of products on sale to the public

Written by Janyce Weintrob

Tel: +27 21 460 3514
Email: weintrobj@cput.ac.za