Researchers May Have Found the Earliest Drawing

In South Africa’s Blombos Cave, researchers have discovered what is believed to be the world’s earliest drawing. The drawing—a crosshatch made on one rock using another—predates other uncovered art by a whopping 30,000 years. Researchers claim, though, that this by no means makes the Blombos Cave people artists, rather it identifies their interest in “graphical designs,” says Chantal Tribolo from Bordeaux Montaigne University. The team admits …

South Africa’s Bosman Family Vineyards Releases a Coveted Orange Wine

From the eighth-generation family of winemakers comes a new skin-contact Grenache Blanc

An amber hue, unfamiliar and alluring in a wine glass, defines the sensory appeal to Bosman Family Vineyard‘s Fides. The color of this wine hints at a unique production and an even more curious taste profile—funky but finessed. Orange wines (not derived from the citrus fruit, but wine kept in contact with grape skins) represent an important, ever-emerging category. Few, however, can be approached with such ease. …

Farewell, Anti-Apartheid Campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Activist and icon of the anti-apartheid movement, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passed away at 81 years old. Married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years (and separated for 30 years because of his imprisonment), Madikizela-Mandela became an “international symbol of resistance to apartheid and a rallying point for poor, black township residents who demanded their freedom.” Later, however, her reputation was somewhat marred, thanks to rumors about …

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 …

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 …