Sophisticated interior objects.
Discarded suitcases, broken scales, flaking and chipped enamel dishes – taken by themselves, these might be considered worthless fragments and bric-a-brac of our quotidian lives, unfit even for a second outing and new beginning at a flea market or yard sale. Cape Town’s Katie Thompson, however, finds herself drawn to these well-worn everyday helpers, objects battered by the world and drifting through society in their broken or incomplete state. Taking an abstract view and approach, the young designer tries to identify new and novel uses for these neglected remnants and delights in giving them a new lease of life: Under her capable hands, a basic bucket lid is transformed into a timeless wall clock, an opened suitcase becomes inviting upholstery furniture or a 1950s vacuum cleaner morphs into an elegant floor lamp.
On display at Thompson’s 100-square-metre studio shop Recreate in the south of Cape Town, these modern treasures have found a new home in the city’s former industrial district of Woodstock – Cape Town’s new creative epicentre hosting plenty of innovative artist and design studios in the area’s unused warehouses and brewery buildings.