“What stands out to me is how much people are in harmony with nature and also their ability to appreciate its beauty.”
This week we meet Fred Viljoen, a Cape Town based designer and the co-owner of Kinsmen Collective.
I think what stands out to me is how much people are in harmony with nature and also their ability to appreciate its beauty. It’s a very seasonal city where every season is so distinctly defined and it reflects in people’s interactions with their surroundings, the places they go, the food they prepare or eat and even the drinks they drink. I love how Capetonians really make use of every moment to utilise a beautiful day and use the moods and nuances of the seasons and days to guide their interactions. I also love how this appreciation for beauty translates into an entrepreneural realm where we have so many creatives in the city who are really passionate about their work, there’s a contagious innovative energy in Cape Town.
I don’t think it’s a secret really, but I do enjoy running on the Pipe Track around Table Mountain, or anywhere around the mountain actually. It’s one of my favourite places where I can go to get some air and perspective, see the world for how small it actually is and just really appreciate the fact that I live 5 minutes away from untouched nature which means that while Cape Town is a hustling and bustling city full of people, I never feel claustrophic…
Hear more voices of the city:
- Voices of the city: Funke Makinwa
- Voices of the city: Boeta Phyf
- Voices of the city: Zahira Asmal
- Voices of the city: Lapido Eso
- Voices of the city: Thozama Mputa
- Voices of the city: Darren Blair
- Voices of the city: Medina Dugger
- Voices of the city: Misha Teasdale
- All images supplied by Fred Viljoen