About Montebello

Montebello Design Centre is located in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest by Cecil Michaelis.

The Project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic site of Montebello. These buildings and land have a colourful history, being the birth place of Ohlssons Brewery and Continental China. Today, Montebello Design Centre is home to a broad spectrum of designers, innovators, artists and crafters.

Montebello, in association with the D (design) School at the University of Cape Town, hosts collaborative design spaces – D Desks - for young innovators who are developing a design idea, or working in the design field and could benefit from working in a collaborative space.

An outreach project runs as part of Montebello Design Centre's mission to promote craft and design.


Mr Tony Davenport, Ms Delecia Forbes, Mrs Claire Graaff, Ms Tessa Graaff, Mr Stephen Granger, Ms Mel Hagen, Mrs Gaby Michaelis, Mrs Irene Menell, Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa, Mr Richard Perex, Mr Bruce Snaddon, Mr Philip Todres.