Studio Visit: MARK

i’ve been so excited to share this studio visit with you. MARK is a graphic design studio based in Cape Town whose office is actually in the same building as my own office. well, it’s thanks to MARK that i’m even here in the first place. Fred and i studied together many years ago, and as we kept touch over the years – thanks Facebook – i saw that he and Craig were working in a pretty nifty building, so i bugged him for the details and long story short, here we are.

Fred and Craig founded MARK in 2010 and moved into their space in Hout St in central Cape Town in the same year. looking for office space in Cape Town is tough, it’s hard to find a place that’s not too huge or too expensive or filled with ugly wall-to-wall carpeting… it’s just tough and rough. and when you’re a two man operation you don’t need anything TOO huge. so when they saw this space in the Mercantile Building, they immediately signed on the dotted line.

Originally we came to look at another office in the building but the space wasn’t for us. We walked down the stairs and caught a glimpse of light through some boarded shut windows. It was a storage space with beige walls and a grey carpet peeling in the one corner.Some hand sanding, varnishing and a couple of licks of paint later…

the space really looks amazing – so cool, and actually embarrassing for me when i compare it to my still practically empty office. i especially love the hints of yellow.

photographs by Russell Smith.

Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss
Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss

it boggles my MIND that people carpet over wooden floors! their work area is in the center of the space, three large white desks that form a square – plenty of space for mocking up designs.

Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss
Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss

the guys had this storage unit made especially for the space – on the right is their kitchen (fridge, kettle etc) which is cleverly hidden behind the graphic doors. this is an extra work space, which actually plays XFM all day long. it’s sounds like London up in here.

Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss
Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss
Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss
Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss

a lot of the knick knacks you see around the studio and on the shelves are completed product designs.

Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss
Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss
Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss

the couch was made and upholstered by Space for Life. perfect for clients and people like me who wander in off the street with their coffee and hang around for too long, overstaying their welcome.

Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss
Studio Visit: MARK | Miss Moss

if you want to know where anything is from just ask in the comments and i’ll get MARK to answer you! be sure to check out their new website, which they designed and was coded by Richard Smith. photos by Russell Smith.

27 Comments

  1. Ah it’s so lovely!

    I think it takes time (and money) to create a beautiful space.

    We all want these instantly cool studios and workspaces but we’ll get there! ;)

  2. Korin Virgona Reply

    Beautiful and inspiring space. I’d love to know where they found the yellow angle brackets… or were they spray painted?

  3. Hi Korin, we got the brackets from a local hardware store and spray painted them. So yip, spray painted.

  4. so fresh! i love all the white and the floors. i also really want to do a long shelf on the upper wall — i have so much stuff to display and had no idea how to do it! thanks for sharing! these guys seem really fun :)

  5. Lovely space! so much light. Has he actually designed the Kraken label? We are crazy about the bottles!

  6. What a cheery workspace! Love the yellow shelf brackets… Could you please tell me where is the tall guy from: the one in yellow and red next to the couch? Adorable.

  7. Erin Turchetti Reply

    Please please where are the white desks from? Tres mooi.

    • i believe those were bought at Tafelberg furniture in Green Point, but they are not available anymore.

  8. Love this for my room inspiration! The bold yellow hints really make the place look so warm and homey ^.^

  9. Love how airy and clean with the pops of color…
    And that obscure Simpsons reference (Purple is a fruit), lol. My husband is a huge Simpsons nerd.

  10. Stunning. Could you or Mark share where I could find the Pressure Makes Diamonds print?

  11. Hi Mark,

    Where did you get the wood planter beside the sofa on legs?

    You might have made it by just in case i can buy one i thought it would ask, it’s lovely

    Thank you

    • Hi Flik – the studio is called MARK (there is no guy called Mark) and i believe the planter is from Space for Life in Cape Town.

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