Babylonstoren Farm Hotel, Cape Winelands

A stay at the ethereal vineyard is the ultimate indulgence in food, wine and thoughtful design

Babylonstoren is so idyllic, it’s almost unfathomable. A working farm that dates back to 1692, the beauty of this vineyard is two-fold: nature and natural talent. The former is thanks to its location in the Cape Winelands, where bucolic landscapes are met by stunning mountain vistas and all is illuminated by rays of gold South Africa sun. The latter is due to Babylonstoren’s owner, Karen …

Interview: Designer Es Devlin

Design Indaba 2018's keynote speaker on the process of creating a visual voice

Es Devlin played the violin while growing up in East Sussex. But, the British designer told the crowd at Design Indaba’s recent conference, she also drew pictures of her violin. With instruments, she was always curious about “what went into it visually to make it sound like that.” After her career designing sets for experimental theaters in London took off, she returned to thinking pictorially …

Design Indaba 2018: More Than A Soundbite

Seven speakers whose insights transcended a character limit at Cape Town's annual festival of creativity

Anyone following along on Twitter during the three-day Design Indaba conference last week would have seen no shortage of inspiring soundbites dropped by the 31 speakers who graced the stage in Cape Town. And while perfectly packaged words of wisdom from an industry heavyweight like Tom Dixon are a major draw, one of the best things about DI is that it asks everyone to open …

Design Indaba 2018: Humans Helping Humans

Five designers show us how the world can be a better place thanks to their benevolent brilliance

Each year Design Indaba gathers together an anomalous group of creative people, from typographers to architects to ceramicists and more, to discuss their projects, process and passions. While each speaker is as different as the next, at times there are similarities in their work. This year we noticed a handful of designers particularly concerned with creating products that help humankind. Renata Souza Luque As a …