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The Design Process
The Daddy Group have always made creativity the cornerstone of their character. With as much talent as Cape Town has to offer, it makes perfect sense to create a platform for the rich and interesting insight that artists bring us – and what better way than to sleep in a living art gallery.Old Mac Daddy began as a search for a getaway place that would give the Airstreams a nostalgic fifties caravan holiday feel and it needed to happen somewhere really beautiful. Elgin was always ideal and – after much negotiation – a site was found and the project began to unfold. A call was put out to the creative community to come up with ideas for the trailers. Concept, theme, attention to detail and command of materials were essential elements in the selection process and a public viewing day helped the Old Mac Daddy select its dream team.That’s where the hard work began. The Airstreams were hand-picked in the USA by owners Jody Aufrichtig and Nicholas Ferguson. Of course, they had to be shipped to SA and some unforeseen delays in their path to Cape Town made the time line more urgent than anticipated.
In the meantime, the Old Mac Daddy artists were doing what they do best; sourcing must-have finds, comparing fabric swatches and evolving their themes.
At the end of April 2010, Old Mac Daddy unveiled the newly arrived Airstreams - in the early stages of their revamp - at a cheery Open Day celebration at the Old Mac Daddy build site in Gardens, Cape Town.
Beyond the creation of the individual trailers, the look of the lodge was created by Tracy Lynch, who adopted a neutral palette to detox the riot of colour and ideas within the trailers and to marry the experience with the natural beauty all around. The spectacular Barn and communal area was imagined by architect, Greg Scott, and the furnishings were chosen largely from a collection by local designer/producers Pedersen + Lennard.
With the framework in place, the designers braved the extremes of wind and rain, to follow their trailers to Elgin to complete the project in situ. The result is yours to enjoy. Get inside the creative mind (and bedrooms) of Cape Town’s finest at Old Mac Daddy.
In September 2011, the Old Mac Daddy project won a Gold Loerie Award in the Three Dimensional and Environmental Design Category – Interior Design Temporary Structures. These are the artists and their design stories.
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