Cape Town Design Trail 2021

Cape Town Design Trail
Norval Foundation

Explore the Mother City’s world-renowned and ever-dynamic creative community this June when you step out on the inaugural Cape Town Design Trail.

Over 100 participating designers, studios and brands are set to bring the entire month to life with a stimulating array of launches, exhibitions, presentations, talks and displays. The new trail gives participants one-on-one access to incredible showrooms and private maker spaces while raising the bar for the industry and involving the city as a whole.

The trail is presented by the Decorex Africa portfolio and is the first of its kind for the city. The array of stimulating sights and sounds allows Cape Town to cement its reputation as a creative capital, and a former World Design Capital. Cape Town is also the first city in Africa to be named a UNESCO City of Design – and the accolade is rightly deserved when you look at the exceptional calibre of its creative citizens.

The trail has been divided into a series of curated routes, each with its own theme. Those interested in art, will be able to clearly follow the art route. Similarly, those interested in the process of renovating, will be able to follow the route that clusters together suppliers such as fittings, tiles, mirrors, frameless glass, etc. And so on…

Some of the routes you’ll be able to cover on foot, others will require motorised transport to reach all the designated stops. You can drive, take an Uber, or hop on a specially commissioned Cape Town Design Trail Red Bus. These public transport buses are usually dedicated to tourism, but have come on board for June to support the event, with tickets to ride at specially reduced trail rates. All the curated routes will be available online.

The event extends over four weekends to help visitors discover exhibitions and installations located at 200 participating sites.

Design Trail Attractions

Here’s a quick look at some of the brands and locations that form part of the Design Trail (find the full list here):

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The Cape Town Design Trail runs from 1-30 June 2021.

But the best thing about the new Cape Town Design Trail? It’s absolutely free to participate and all are welcome, all you need to do is register!

Register and you will receive the full map with all highlighted and curated ‘design trails’ as well as unique promotions and launches throughout the month of June at dedicated participating sites.