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The Watershed


We’re all familiar with the iconic Red Shed and Blue Shed Craft Markets at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Most of us have meandered through it over the many years it’s been in operation, admiring the wide range of African crafts and souvenirs on offer. Now, these long-standing structures will be renovated (to the tune of R50 million) into a fresh, new space known as The Watershed.

Currently under construction, the new space is being designed by Wolff architects. Trevyn McGowan of Source and Southern Guild will be curating the project. ‘Southern African design has a unique place in the global market,’ Trevyn explains.

‘Our designers follow a path with provenance, exploring their own identity and cultural history and their products carry a fertile and complex narrative. It is this point of difference that makes South African products so appealing and for over 10 years, we have been dedicated to growing an international footprint for many of our designers through the most respected retailers in the world.

Our aim for this space is to bring this focus home, to present the very best of the continent under one roof, and to build our artisans and designers reputations for a local audience.’ The new space will uphold the tradition of promoting local crafts, but under Trevyn's curatorship will also make a shift towards incorporating more local design, especially in the year of Cape Town as World Design Capital.