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CPUT’s Design Garage to launch during Open Design

Friday, 29 July 2016   (0 Comments)
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An initiative of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT) design department, the Design Garage will have its launch on 17 August, during the Open Design Festival this year.


The Design Garage is a business and retail space where emerging designers can showcase and sell their products. The showroom will display products from fashion, textiles, jewellery, graphics and industrial design disciplines, and the space has also been created to allow multi-disciplinary products and projects to be shown.


The Design Garage originated to provide a platform for design students to bridge the challenge they face between final prototyping and small-scale production, and entering the market. During the start-up phase, CPUT alumni and other emerging designers are encouraged to use the space to commercialise their products.


Located on busy Roeland Street, the Design Garage falls within Cape Town’s design precinct and will serve as a nodal point to bring young designers and potential clients, retailers and mass product producers together. Products will be for sale during the day, while the in-house coffee shop facing Roeland Street will provide a dynamic space where the public and students can interact.


In addition to its retail function, the space has been designed to accommodate shows, exhibitions and special events such as seminars, mini-conferences and film screenings. This supports the goal of the Design Garage in becoming a flexible multi-disciplinary design space.


Planning is also underway for a second stage to the project, which may include business incubation spaces for emerging designers, and a clean production lab for short-run manufacturing.


The Design Garage will be officially opened on Wednesday, 17 August at 18h00, at 80 Roeland Street.

Any queries or expressions of interest in renting the space or selling product can be directed to the Design Garage manager, Pieter Cilliers, on

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