An update on 2014 FOOD #WDC222

Las Madurasinghe had the opportunity to give an update on 2014 FOOD, our recognised World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 project #WDC222 at #PKCT26.

With some remarkable help from the Cape Town Design team and a small band of volunteers, the project is moving on from concept to execution. The presentation shows some projects which are underway and building up to launch 2014 FOOD.


IN SIGHT Furniture Exhibition, featuring Fast & Remarkable pop up


The Western Cape Furniture Initiative is showcasing some of the most talented furniture designers including Haldane Martin and Cameron Barnes during the Open Design Festival this week.

Fast & Remarkable is showing at the exhibition, featuring Falling Man, The Artisan,  Amoq, and Sorted.





shop image1_squareThe exhibition runs until 31 August at Wembley Square. Entrance is free so head down any day this week and see new ranges from a wide range of furniture and lighting designers.

The Western Cape Furniture Initiative is a non-profit organisation, representing the local furniture industry.

The Joinery at Fast & Remarkable


We stock The Joinery clothing for men and women.

The clothes are beautifully handcrafted, organic, environmentally friendly and locally created. The Joinery makes a stand for change within its community and is creating a new fashion movement within the industry.

Come and show your love for local, artisan-made clothing.

For more information on The Joinery visit their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @TheJoinerySA.

Photography: Lyall Coburn
Styling: Leanie van der Vyver

World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 and our food design project

Last night, Las Madurasinghe spoke at the Cape Town Design Network #DesignDialogues at The Assembly about our shortlisted World Design Capital 2014 project focusing on food design.

The talk was pecha kucha style and gave a high level overview of the different initiatives planned for food markets, street food, urban gardening, social enterprise, food waste and an international food indaba.

Here’s the presentation:

Get in touch via if you have a food design project that you think should be featured in the programme.

Watch some inspiration from the successful Dodo project from Helsinki, the last World Design Capital host city:

Meet our first Graduate – Intern, Megan Grobler

21798_561531053866544_1087586647_n (313x313)Megan studied a diploma in Public Relations at Varsity College and continued her B.Tech at CPUT. Before Fast & Remarkable, she was at Younique Concepts, a Public Relations Agency specialising in music, entertainment and fashion.

Megan says “Digital is the way forward. The lines of Public Relations and digital are becoming more blurred every day and getting as much experience in digital is essential. I have become so attracted to Fast & Remarkable’s unique business model and I have no doubt that the experience I will gain here, will serve me well in my career”.

Meet Associate, Jess Kuppan


Jess was one of our first Jozi specialists and was so attracted to the synergy of the company, she decided to become an Associate. She has a long history of digital marketing, starting out at Ananzi and also working at Amorphous, Aquaonline and Ogilvy as a digital copywriter, always with a strong focus on concept and social media. She has worked on diverse brands including Miller Genuine Draft, MTN, DStv and BMW.

Jess says, “Digital provides something real in that it’s a means of interaction, a way of exploring a product and gaining insight from it on your own so it holds more meaning. We’re not telling you what to think about a product anymore. We’re giving you the means to figure it out for yourself, to dive in and explore it.“

Launch of The Test Kitchen website and the one to watch

The Test Kitchen Yesterday, we relaunched Luke Dale-Roberts’ The Test Kitchen website, in time for the World’s Best 50 Restaurants award ceremony. The Test Kitchen was singled out as the winner of the “One to Watch” award.

The concept, design and build was completed within one week. Whilst many restaurant websites obsess about the finished plate, the concept was to showcase the full experience of dining at The Test Kitchen.

What makes The Test Kitchen special is the distinctive industrial space and that the chefs perform in the open kitchen. Luke Dale Roberts The old website was white and minimal, but in truth The Test Kitchen is dark, rich and earthy.

The responsive website design uses a background incorporating the oxidised mild steel table tops used in the dining room with a restaurant ‘watermark’.

The warmth in both the dining room and the website is created by the felt pendant lighting that features strongly.

There are obviously beautiful pictures of award-winning dishes created in The Test Kitchen, but also – and especially in the video gallery – a focus on the process and work that goes in to getting the ingredients onto the plate.
The Test Kitchen Gallery

Facebook upgrade excitement

TechCrunch video

Why the excitement?

  • The interface is less cluttered.
  • Larger images make it more visually rich.
  • The experience is more consistent across devices.
  • There’s more opportunity for contextually relevant content with a variety of feeds available.
  • There are better ways to promote engaging content.

We are excited about how brands can feature in the new types of feeds (including interests, photo and video feeds).

Brands and individuals should care more about high quality images and video and should more consciously optimise content for graph search.

More commentary from the 2 Joshs…

Josh Constine – sneak peak video included –
Josh Halliday –

10 Tech Trends for 2013 from Deloitte SA: Elements of postdigital

Tech trends 2013, CIO, IPv6, mobile, social reengineering, hacker-proof, pace layer, ERP, big data, gamificationHere are the trends and key elements we took away from the presentation:

#1 The CIO as the postdigital catalyst
The challenge of the CIO is to work closely with the COO, HR Director and CMO to be an effective change agent. There is greater scope for experimentation with technology than ever before. Large corporates as well as small enterprises have the opportunity to test small before implementing on a large scale.

#2 Mobile only (and beyond)
There is already greater focus on  developing mobile only solutions. Beyond this, we will see mobile increasingly integrating with real world sensors to optimise functionality and logistics.

#3 Social reengineering by design
Social needs to be meaningful for both business and its relevant audiences and can provide ROI that you can forecast and manage.

#4 Design as a discipline
We’ve seen design thinking (from industrial design) influence technology development already. Elements from other design disciplines can help the development cycle, for example, a pace layer approach from architecture bases design on need stages.

#5 IPv6 (and this time we mean it)
IPv6 will address the scarce resource of IP addresses but we need people trained to scale to the opportunity of extra capacity.

#6 Finding the face of your data
With the advent of big data, corporates now have to mine the data effectively, applying the “so what?”

#7 Gamification goes to to work
It can encourage engagement and change customer, supplier and employee behaviour, gamification is enhancing call centre performance already.*

#8 Reinventing the ERP engine
Infrastructure costs reduced by cloud solutions give businesses more opportunity to invest in what they do on the platform available, allowing them to achieve better business insights from the platform.

#9 No such thing as hacker-proof
Security will be a rising cost in business.

#10 The business of IT
It’s time for an update… the cobbler’s children need new shoes.

The principal speaker was Deloitte Consulting’s CTO, Mark White.

Read the full report. 

*There was a leader board at the presentation showing the top 5 tweets, gamifying the  participation in the earned media of the launch of the report.

Meet Associate, Las Madurasinghe

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Las worked as an investment banker in the City of London before moving to Cape Town 6 years ago and moved into digital marketing with Fast & Remarkable as a new challenge.

Las describes digital marketing as mandatory for a business. He believes that the Fast & Remarkable model is the next evolution of the industry – where clients demand the agility and creativity that digital marketing agencies have somewhat lost in transition from niche to mainstream.

According to Las, “You have to create a way of doing things differently that both you and the client believe in.”

Las is also a product designer and his man brand ‘Falling Man’ creates clothing and accessories which can be purchased, along with other selected local designers’ products, at Fast & Remarkable.