In Docks table, Imiso Ceramics’ co-founder and designer Andile Dyalvane reflects on the fast-paced structural changes currently affecting the neighbourhood of Woodstock, Cape Town, where his workshop is located.
In a combination of glass, steel and ceramic elements, the table reflects the fractured and chequered urban fabric of this lively area, which is gradually falling prey to gentrification. Just as in the computer game Tetris, moving ceramic parts form a colourful mosaic that mimics to the close-knit rows of houses in the neighbourhood, alongside the ships and containers in Woodstock harbour. “I’ve been based in Woodstock since 2006 and have seen this particular area change in the hustle of everyday dealings,” Dylavane says. “Those who remain: the Rainbow Tavern next door with weatherworn, crutch-armed street roamers attracted to its blearing drunken outbursts; those who sell ‘desired’ commodities like Nik Naks, smokes, factory-reject socks and dish cloths. Those who come and go: the daily branded delivery vehicles; the sightings of trendy, eclectic 20-somethings armed with lattes.”