Cape Town Furniture Week 2024: What To See

Cape Town Furniture Week

COMPILED BY Gina Dionisio PHOTOS Courtesy of Cape Town Furniture Week


We highlight the showrooms, exhibitions, and product launches to see at Cape Town Furniture Week taking place around the City Bowl from 14 to 17 February.

Now in its second year, Cape Town Furniture Week (CTFW) is once again set to be a celebration of hyper-local design. This year’s event, taking place between 14 and 17 February, will centre around a curated, publicly-accessible programme of showrooms, must-see exhibitions, talks and tours, new products, and the launch of the CTFW Awards.

The four-day event is free to access, creating an opportunity for the public to discover great designs by some of Cape Town’s best contemporary furniture brands, meet the designers and entrepreneurs behind them, and enjoy the festivities in the city while exploring the programme on foot.

The programme takes place across over 25 venues in 4 different districts within Cape Town’s city centre. Cape Town Furniture Week kicks off with an evening of openings on Wednesday 14 February from 5pm to 8pm, with the public encouraged to walk from venue to venue much like with the First Thursdays open gallery programme. Participating spaces will then be open from 10am to 5pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturday, with an active programme of scheduled talks, walkabouts and events happening each day. 

Participating Brands

This year there are over 40 Cape Town-based brands participating in CTFW ’24: African Jacquard, Always Welcome, Anatomy Design, ARRANGE Studio, Ben Kennedy design, BENNY DOMESTIC, Bupa Studios, CLOUT, ESTABLISHMENT, FRYSTARK, HAN, HALDANE MARTIN, hoop, Hoi P’loy, Inova Concept Store, James Mudge Furniture Studio, Kevin Fellingham Architects, KRAMER, Lemon, Louw Roets, Mansfield-Scaddan studio, Matthew Dasneves, MEUBLE Fine Furniture, MŪVEK, Nicolene van der Walt, N I S H, OKHA Design Studio, Pedersen + Lennard, Popstrukt, RYA, Studio Bailiff, Studio KÁJA, STUDIO LLOYD, Tonic, Vitalli., Vorster & Braye, Weylandts, Wiid Design, Woodbender and more.

You’ll be able to see the full list of participating designers, brands and spaces at capetownfurnitureweek.co.za, but we’ve collated 12 highlights to look forward to at CTFW ’24:

Opening Night

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Cape Town Furniture Week once again kicks off with the festive ‘Opening Night’ on Wednesday 14 February (5pm to 8pm). The public is invited to explore showrooms and exhibitions after hours, as exhibitors reveal new products and special displays.


New Design Exhibition

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MŪVEK MU192B Chair

The New Design Exhibition is the official CTFW festival hub, located in the Habitus Building (61 Loop Street). The exhibition features new pieces by South African brands and designers, with an adjacent exhibition called PROTO showcasing conceptual and collectible design pieces. It’s a convenient place to start your journey before visiting other showrooms and exhibitions around the City Bowl. Exhibiting brands and designers include Arrange Studio, Ben Kennedy design, Bupa Studios, Curación Collection, Frystark, Greg Marshall Design, Hoi P’loy, kfa, KRAMER, MEUBLE Fine Furniture, MŪVEK, Pedersen + Lennard, RYA, Studio Lloyd, Wiid Design, and other exhibitors.


Pop-up Displays

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James Mudge Furniture Studio

A number of brands will be hosting special pop-up displays around town for CTFW, including James Mudge Furniture Studio at EBONY/CURATED (67 Loop Street), Studio KÀJA at Rosetta Roastery café (101 Bree Street), N I S H at HAN (31 Loop Street), Woodbender at the Habitus Building (61 Loop Street), Popstrukt at Ballo (66 Wale Street), HALDANE at the new Pauline’s cafê (37a Somerset Road), and Wiid Design at KLûK CGDT (43 Bree Street).


Talks and Tours

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Pedersen + Lennard’s factory in Maitland

This year’s programme sees the addition of talks organised by individual exhibitors, as well as official CTFW talks, including ‘Making, Here, Now’, a panel discussion on local production (Thu 15 Feb, 11am at Weylandts), and ‘Designing the Future’, a panel discussion on sustainability and the circular economy (Fri 16 Feb, 11am at Gorgeous George). There are also factory and studio tours taking place outside of the City Bowl on Thursday and Friday, allowing you to see behind the scenes at the likes of Pedersen + Lennard, James Mudge Furniture Studio, Hoi P’loy, Wiid Design, and Weylandts.

See capetownfurnitureweek.co.za for details and booking info.


New Showrooms

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Tonic Cape Town Showroom at 87 Kloof Street, Gardens

There are a number of new showrooms that have opened in the past year that are worth visiting, along with soft launches of new spaces taking place over Furniture Week. New spaces include Tonic’s new Cape Town showroom (87 Kloof Street), HAN (31 Loop Street), African Jacquard (53 Church Street), and ESTABLISHMENT (81 St John’s Street).


Vote for Best in Show

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Always Welcome Heritage House

This year sees the introduction of the CTFW Awards, which includes an award for Best in Show, decided by public vote. You can show your appreciation for your favourite exhibitor at Cape Town Furniture Week by voting for them.

Voting opens from 5pm on Wednesday 14 February via capetownfurnitureweek.co.za or @furnitureweek.capetown on Instagram.


Clout/SA Display at Sisonke Gallery

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Clout/SA

Clout/SA is showcasing a recently launched collaboration between the Kieskamma Arts Project and David Krynauw Design at Sisonke Gallery (90 Bree Street). The voyeuristic and exquisite display includes a curated collection of lighting and accessories by South African designer-makers along with art from the Spier Arts Trust. Cara Saven Wall Design has produced the wallcovering for the showcase, and is also launching the Kieskamma table cloth.


See Behind the Scenes at Weylandts

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Weylandts De Waterkant store

Weylandts is hosting an active programme over CTFW, with a focus on their recent investment in local production capacity. Highlights include an Opening Night walkabout of the De Waterkant store with Chris Weyland, the CTFW panel discussion ‘Making, Here, Now’, and a behind the scenes tour of the impressive new Weylandts factory in Epping.


Convergence of Creativity at OKHA

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OKHA

OKHA is exhibiting new, never-before-seen designs at their Gardens showroom (109 Hatfield Street). Alongside OKHA’s new pieces, visitors can also see works by Jan Ernst, Water Dixon, Willowlamp, Vitalli., and Zander Blom.


Collectible design at ‘Moho

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Multicolor Flash Cabinet by Gisbert Weiss

‘Moho is a multi-disciplinary studio based in Cape Town, with roots in Berlin. For CTFW, ‘Moho is exhibiting pieces from their collection at Barnhuis (20 Wembley Road), including iconic designs by Gisbert Weiss from 1991.


Sustainable Design Showcase at Inova Concept Store

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Inova Concept Store

Inova Concept Store (76 Harrington Street) is showcasing a new sustainable collection, including innovative pieces by international brands including Magis and HAY, alongside featured collections by Mansfield-Scaddan Studio and Frystark. 


New Chairs by kfa

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Chairs by Kevin Fellingham Architects

For CTFW, Kevin Fellingham Architects is launching two new chairs in a pop-up display at their Bo-Kaap studio (212a Buitengracht Street), with the Linea Chair also featured in the official CTFW New Design Exhibition.


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