Her heart’s design: the dynamo delivering SA’s goods to the world

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Her heart’s design: the dynamo delivering SA’s goods to the world

Collectable design pioneer Trevyn McGowan has some (bespoke) couch time with Times Select

Sarah Buitendach

Mid the riot of high-end furniture on show at Design Miami in 2019 – the chaises from Caracas, the mirrors from Manila – an SA stand got a lot of buzz. At it, the world’s creative cabal oohed over Cape Town-based Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane’s ceramics, aahed over the crazy cabinetry of Joburg’s Dokter and Misses, and climbed into Porky Hefer’s primary-coloured hanging pods. Actually, the latter had to be nixed – too many people wanted to disappear inside them.

Last month, in a booth at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, there were similar goings-on. Like moths to a curated flame, the who’s who of SA’s art set – plus all those with money, style and sense (that elusive trifecta) – gathered.

At the centre of both gatherings was Trevyn McGowan, the CEO and co-founder of Southern Guild. In both instances, the effortlessly cool blonde with the big smile was there to display the collectable design and art her brand represents...

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