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November 7, 2013
Cape Town, South Africa, will be the World Design Capital 2014, which is perfect timing, since the country's design scene is booming. Here is a look at some modern homes, destinations, events, and designers who have piqued Dwell's interest.
Katz residence stairs concrete portrait

Three times is a charm for this concrete home in Johannesburg. The freestanding staircase was built three times before architect Gregory Katz deemed it structurally sound. The high-tech end result was achieved using small custom-made plastic reinforcing fibers. The galley-style kitchen with its bold use of color was his wife’s choice. Caryn fell in love with the name of a paint swatch called Canary Yellow and then left it to Gregory to fine-tune the exact hue. Photo by Elsa Young.

Originally appeared in Prepare to be Floored
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Georg van gass finishing touch

A floating wall on a Johannesburg cottage draws inspiration from local mining moguls and Mies van der Rohe. Here, architect Georg van Gass adds a delicately poised cantilevered exterior wall that appears to slice the deck in half. Photo by Elsa Young.

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Elsa Young
Originally appeared in A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg
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Clad striped exterior

Eight years after construction began, this lakeside weekend home 80 miles outside Johannesburg, South Africa, received the long-awaited finishing touch that makes it an eye-catching thermal wonder: the red-and-gray Vermont cladding from Everite’s Nutec line that makes it an instant landmark. 

Originally appeared in Colored In
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into africa prefab housing exterior

It took 11 years of traversing through three different countries for Eric Bigot to develop his Zenkaya prefab housing concept. Designed to bring peace of mind to impoverished South Africans, the ready-made structures aim to provide affordable housing and stimulate the economy by creating construction jobs, something the French-born architect has ample experience doing.

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Originally appeared in A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa
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Africa Reinvented by Keri Muller for Simple Intrigue

Each year, Southern African designers showcase their wares at Cape Town's annual Design Indaba Expo. Here's what Dwell scouted at the 2013 expo.

Originally appeared in Design Indaba Expo 2013
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Dokter Misses shop Johannesburg industrial graphic design travel
Dokter and Misses, a husband and wife design team based in Johannesburg, was included in Dwell's New Guard round-up for 2012. This year, they opened a new home goods shop at 44 Stanley where visitors can buy their colorful, accessible pieces that merge industrial and graphic design.
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Shadders
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Diana Moss of Miss Moss

In our September 2013 issue, we asked some of our favorite online design writers to introduce their latest local discoveries. Diana Moss, who created design blog Miss Moss, writes from her home in Cape Town, South Africa.

Originally appeared in Diana Moss's Local Discoveries from South Africa
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Artisan handmade bracelets necklace jewelry Fab x South Africa

Last but not least, online retailer Fab.com collaborated with 25 South African designers and artists for a new collection; here are Dwell's top picks, from lamps to textiles to patterned bowls.

Originally appeared in Preview Fab x South Africa
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Katz residence stairs concrete portrait

Three times is a charm for this concrete home in Johannesburg. The freestanding staircase was built three times before architect Gregory Katz deemed it structurally sound. The high-tech end result was achieved using small custom-made plastic reinforcing fibers. The galley-style kitchen with its bold use of color was his wife’s choice. Caryn fell in love with the name of a paint swatch called Canary Yellow and then left it to Gregory to fine-tune the exact hue. Photo by Elsa Young.

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