Table Mountain – Icon of Natural Style

Table MountainAs anyone who lives in Cape Town will tell you, Table Mountain is the ultimate style icon, presiding protectively over the city, its unforgettable silhouette visible from many miles away up the West Coast. So we are all thrilled that Table Mountain has made it into the final list of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World.

While the New 7 Wonders is a private initiative, criticised by many as unscientific in its voting processes, it has certainly caught the popular imagination here in South Africa, where a chance to get recognition for our most recognisable landmark was seized with enthusiasm.

It’s not that Cape Town needs any publicity. Already a popular destination for travellers on all budgets, from luxury to backpacking, it has also been a top favourite location for film productions for many years. It has also been named design capital for 2014, so there is no shortage of headlines or visitors.

But we have yet to see Table Mountain featuring as itself in a blockbuster movie. Too often our beaches stand-in for other countries, our versatile landscape locations of mountain, rolling wheatfields, wine estates, even desert, double for other places, other times.

We’re hoping to see Table Mountain feature prominently in a movie some time soon – who knows maybe the next James Bond will do the trick – Carte Blanche is rumoured to be considering Cape Town as a possible location, seeing as the book is set here. Just imagine 007 on a mission dangling from the cable car ascending the side of the Mountain in a shoot out with the latest villain…!

And if you have seen a movie that features Table Mountain as a location, please do let me know in the comments – I’d be thrilled to be wrong!

Cape Town Design Capital 2014

Cape Town is celebrating its win today – winner of its bid to become World Design Capital 2014, against the other two capitals shortlisted, Bilbao and Dublin.

Our first reaction – a big rousing cheer for Cape Town. Yay!!!!

Our second, but what does this actually mean in real life terms? A great answer has already been provided by Fred Roed, explaining what we can expect for Cape Town over the next few years in the design and creative field.

Cape Town is already a prime destination for film productions, foodies, wine enthusiasts and holiday-makers, but this announcement gives it a new gravitas in the global creative community and we can expect a whole lot more attention coming our way. So here’s looking forward to a whole lot more great design concepts coming out of Cape Town over the next few years!