Inside Cape Town's Mojo Market

The urban industrial interior of Sea Point’s trendy food and lifestyle hub Mojo Market is a feast for the eyes, thanks in large part to interior designer Yvonne Kramer’s choice of a punchy palette of Plascon hues.


Occupying an entire block on Sea Point’s buzzing Regent Road, Mojo Market is an exciting new addition to the Atlantic Seaboard. The 2 000m2 market was developed by the trio who own the adjoining Mojo Hotel, Graeme Robinson, Robbie Lessem and Tara Lerner, who wanted to create a vibrant, engaging space for visitors. The market, which comprises 80 stalls, certainly lives up to the hype. It offers everything from fresh local and imported foods to designer clothing, accessories and homeware.

Inside Cape Town's Mojo Market

The Mojo Market facade on Regent Road.


Architect Anton van Zyl realised the concept, and Megan Grauso of Indigo Fusion was responsible for the interior architectural layout. But when it came to designing and harmonising the interiors, Yvonne Kramer of interior design and décor company Jade & Ginja rose to the challenge.

Inside Cape Town's Mojo Market

An early-morning customer sits in one of the Mojo Market booths, custom-made from formica and spruce slats. The metal dome light fittings are by La Grange Interiors and the blue ceramica lights by Illumina.

In keeping with the brief, Yvonne created an urban industrial feel by incorporating metallics with timbers, and brought in elements of nature. “The structural footprint of the market was in place,” says Yvonne. “I had to envisage and specify the finishes and colour schemes, and decide on furniture and lighting to inject personality into and unify the space.”

Inside Cape Town's Mojo Market

Stephanie A Sonde at a stall designed by SoBeit Studio.


Inside Cape Town's Mojo Market

Vendor BeetBox’s wall is painted in Plascon hues by paint specialist Anri Barris – the base colour is Plascon Creamy Fantasy (O2-C2-3), and the paint effect is a blend of Harvest Oat (O5-C2-2) and Baked Coconut (O7-C2-2) in a Cashmere finish. To add texture, Anri applied amixture of Polvin, sea sand and plaster of Paris. The neon signage was conceptualised by Kira Jacobs and made by Robin Nathan.

One of Yvonne’s final tasks was to embellish four unsightly freestanding columns. “They are at the centre of the market, so we dressed them as a focal point to frame the bar,” she says. To execute this, she commissioned Cape Town-based artist Gabi Lee. Taking her cue from Art Nouveau decorative motifs, Gabi Lee painted illustrations that have “an urban tropical jungle effect rich in birdlife, plants and foliage in a stylised graphic rendition,” Yvonne says. A mix of muted tones and warm colours were chosen to achieve this look, which ties in with the copper and brass metallic cladding on the bar. The columns were painted in a trendy ombre effect, from lighter to darker shades, such as Plascon Petite and Perfect (O4-B2-2).

Inside Cape Town's Mojo Market

In the booth area, the ceiling is painted in Plascon Wave Crest (G7-C1-2) and the walls in Island Breeze (G5-A2-2).

For the beautiful African birdlife and foliage illustrations, craft gold and copper paints as well as a number of Plascon shades were used, including Deep Abyss (B1-D1-1), Dark Jade (B1-D1-3), Perennial (G3-C1-4), Ground Cover (G3-C1-2), Serene Oasis (G3-C2-2), Walnut Spice (02-C2-2) and Petite and Perfect (O4-B2-2).

“The idea here, along with the abstract tree lights on the mezzanine level made of spruce timber, was to counteract all the hard concrete by introducing nature into the building. This is in response to the fast disappearing greenery and nature from the Atlantic Seaboard in favour of concrete.”

Inside Cape Town's Mojo Market

The owners of Mojo Market commissioned Mac1 to create this mural.

The walls in the booth areas feature an aquatic shade of green, Plascon Island Breeze (G5-A2-2), a nod to the seaside location, and the band across the top of the market is painted in a soft neutral grey, Plascon Bantry Cream (GR-Y02).

FEATURED IMAGE: Thabani Nyembe and Adiel Khan behind the bar counter. The copper and gunmetal dome light fittings are from Arabesque and the Art Deco LED pillar fittings were custom-made by Jade & Ginja.



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