Four friends, each with a passion for mid-century Scandinavian design, launched Space for Life in February with a container load of pieces collected from travels to Denmark. “Within the first month I had sold 70% of the container, and that was just from people passing by,” says co-owner and manager Stefan Frylinck.
He attributes the success of the furniture to its inherent quality and personality, something increasingly hard to find in contemporary showrooms.
The airy showroom on Cape Town’s Foreshore contains exquisitely crafted chairs, tables, desks and more from the 1950s and ’60s. Many pieces have been reupholstered with gorgeous South African-flavoured fabrics from Pretoria’s Design Team.
“The whole philosophy is to use what we import to create opportunity for local artists and crafters,” says Frylinck. With the work of Cape-based artists being displayed on a two-month rotational basis “the idea for the space is to use it as a multipurpose venue to promote products and people so it’s not just a furniture and show room gallery – it’s a venue”.
Space for Life, Shop 4 The Spearhead, 42 Hans Strijdom Avenue, Foreshore, Cape Town, +27 21 801 6069
BY ALEXANDER MATTHEWS