DESIGNERS: ROBYN SYMES & PIERRE CROCQUET
The post-gold rush era in Johannesburg saw landowners transforming Doornfontein into subdivided living quarters for miners, making it a slum filled with corrugated iron shacks. Furniture designer, Robyn Symes, and photographer Pierre Crocquet, have chosen to focus the room on the Marabi Dance movement that was born of the crowded and dirty, yet vibrant and richly communal lifestyle. After dark, the working class, rural immigrants, the unemployed and the unemployable congregated in the shebeens drinking lethal home-brews and moving to the rhythm of endlessly repetitive, but infectious music that came to be known as Marabi.
R908.50 per night