Annemarie a WDC2014 curator

VISI’s very own deputy editor, Annemarie Meintjes, has been selected to be a curator for the year-long World Design Capital 2014 programme. We’re excited and so is she – here’s what she has to say.

The list of 38 curators for the World Design Capital 2014 has been announced with widespread enthusiasm – there’s someone for everyone represented on the broad-ranging list. Other VISI friends include architects Ilze Wolff and Mokena Makeka, furniture designers Luke Pedersen and Gregor Jenkin, street art activist Ricky Lee Gordon and environmental designer Stephen Lamb. Heading up the dynamic group of curators is the experienced Paul Duncan, who is currently head of design for homeware at Woolworths.

It will be the job of the curators to sift through all the project proposals and decide which are worthy of the official World Design Capital 2014 stamp. With just a few days to go before the first deadline for project proposals – Friday 5 April 2013 – we asked Annemarie what she’d be looking for.

How do you feel about being selected as a World Design Capital 2014 curator?

Honoured and energised.

What does it mean and entail?

For me it is an opportunity to make the rest of the world aware of local talent.

What type of project proposals will appeal to you the most?

Projects that promote architecture – especially in terms of public spaces and tourism – and the talent of young designers and artists.

What sort of challenges do you foresee?

We need time and peace on our side.

What does “good design” mean to you?

Beauty that works.

How do you think the success of Cape Town as World Design Capital will be measured?

How? Mega successful by just being Cape Town! We just need to pray that the wind behaves and the strikes don’t spoil our show!

Will you accept bribes and in what form?

Never! Not even for an apartment in Paris or a job in Tokyo!

Enter your project for consideration before Friday 5 April 2013. More details on the World Design Capital 2014 website: