Archive for: MARCH 31, 2009

31.03.2009
13:24

After traveling east again we arrived in Cape Town sunday morning but actually have never arrived! What a tired limbo state, we dont seem to get out of.

the airport of Cape Town

the airport of Cape Town

getting into the city

getting into the city

on the way to the waterfront the evening of the 29th of March

on the way to the waterfront the evening of the 29th of March

We spent the last two days in the office of Haldane Martin, a beautiful space, a former church in the area of Woodstock. 

Haldanes church

Haldanes church

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the neighbourhood in Woodstock

the neighbourhood in Woodstock

the space is also used as showroom

the space is also used as showroom

Haldane is not only a designer, but he is manager of his furniture company as well. That does change the spirit of the place in some ways, even so the Campanas produce too and their craft people work in the same building. Some of the people working for Haldane have a craft background, but might be in charge for the quality control of the furniture, that is being assembled and packed in the back of the office.

Haldane discussing with Germaine and Andy production details

Haldane discussing with Germaine and Andy production details

Once in a while people come by, like today a woman from Norway buying some pieces. The Zulu Mama Chair seems to be a best seller here in Cape Town and abroad, we have seen the chair at many places like in the airport and city. Actually according to numbers the Weightless diningchair is the best selling product. Haldane is very well known in South Africa, but is getting to get known in Europe as well, I recently tripped over his work published in a book by Gestalten, called Desire. 

left you see the Zulu Mama chair, Eva and I are working on one of Haldanes tables

left you see the Zulu Mama chair, Eva and I are working on one of Haldanes tables

What can I say about time? Since there are other things which surprise us more, like the fact, that you don’t ever seem to walk, walking is simply no good idea, even the shortest distance - at least that is our impression. The light is superb and there is a lot of wind. The cloud hovering on top of table mountain is spectacular in the morning.

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The office of Haldane consists of two worlds in a way, there is the admin staff in the front of the bulding and the workers in the back. The two places do have a different atmospheres, in speed and noise, still all people are really nice and the pace is easy and relaxed all over. People like to stop and chat with each other. They seem to chat more and have more fun, when the boss is out ;-)

Haldane pointed out, that this country has two time zones, two different rhythms and economys, first and third world in one country. Maybe that is why it is so difficult to sense a special pace, as it seems to be caught in between. But the multitude of culture and backgrounds give this place a special feeling too - actually this multitude is very well represented in Haldanes office, as you will see. It is funny to listen to the different languages and different accents, rhythms of english and other dialects.

Also we feel very welcome and the people here at Haldane’s are open and curious about what we do and why we are here, the place and even more the city of Cape Town seems very reserved. It is tempting to come up with speculations and comparisons now, but the research isn’t over yet. Next stop is the office of Konstantin Gcic in Munich the coming week.