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16/16 an Arty Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Lagos

16/16 is a dynamic space for exchanging ideas. Offering a creative incubator and a boutique hotel, the Lagos-based platform brings together creatives from Nigeria and beyond to share and explore their creativity. The hotel offers 10 individually styled en-suite rooms including the Iamisigo Room, a deluxe king suite designed by the Nigerian creative director and artist Bubu Ogisi.

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Exceptional Art and Design From Africa’s Finest Designers and Makers on Show in Paris

Art and design from some of Africa’s finest designers and makers are on show at the French auction house, Artcurial. Art Exception / Exceptions d’Afrique brings together 45 exceptional craft, design and artworks from 25 artists representing 15 African countries. Curated by Nelly Wandji Exceptions d’Afrique explores and celebrates the heritage and traditions of know-how through timeless materials translated into a contemporary avant-garde look.

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A Showcase of African Design at Somerset House

Postponed from September 2020 The London Design Biennale is now taking place in June 2021 at London’s Somerset House. The Biennale promotes international collaboration and the global role of design with exhibitions and installations that “demonstrate the ambition to create universal solutions to problems which concern us all.” The theme for this showcase is Resonance exploring the ripple effect of ground-breaking design concepts on the way we live, and the choices we make.

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Five | Six Textiles Collaborating to Create Modern Textiles from Traditional Ivorian Patterns

Five | Six Textiles is a collaborative project that creates modern textiles from traditional patterns woven by a collective of masters weavers in Cote d’Ivoire. The idea for the collaboration came about when Dyula weavers from Waraniéné, a popular tourist village located at the base of Mt Korhogo, met textile art specialist, Emma Wingfield who was travelling in the area. 

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Seku Bi A Charming Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Dakar

Seku Bi is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of Senegal’s capital city, Dakar. As you step through its doors Seku Bi invites you to leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and turn your gaze towards the Atlantic Ocean. The calming, blue waters provide a mesmerising backdrop to the white-walled property. Seku Bi takes its name from the Wolof word for ‘parrot’ in a nod to the flamboyant birds that inhabit the fragrant Frangipani plants surrounding the buildings. 

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Refixit Crafting Natural Eco-Friendly Sisal Fibre Art Decor

Passing the rich creative knowledge from one generation to another is the mission behind Refixit, a social enterprise crafting natural eco-friendly sisal fibre art decor products. Based in Tanzania Refixit was founded by Leandra Lyimo who pivoted from a career in architecture to focus on her love of design and help provide youth skills development, training, and employment.

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Spreading the Word About Africa’s Architectural Wealth

Sub-Saharan Africa Architectural Guide is a 7-volume box set that takes readers on a visual journey through Africa’s built environment. Edited by Philipp Meuser and Adil Dalbai Sub-Saharan Africa Architectural Guide brings together over 350 authors from Africa and the world who share the building culture of their countries. The series aims to spread the word about Africa’s architectural wealth to the wider world.

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Orishirishi Cookbook A Journey Into the Diverse Flavours of Nigerian Cuisine

On a mission to take Nigerian cuisine into the mainstream Orishirishi Cookbook is a journey into the diverse flavours of Nigerian cuisine. The visually rich publication is by serial entrepreneur and interior designer Tola Akerele. Tola is the founder of IDesign an interior design studio and workshop, the boutique art inspired hotel Bogibori House in Lagos and its restaurant Orishirishi Kitchen. Orishirishi Kitchen is the inspiration behind the book. 

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Ghana’s Timeless Craft Traditions Meet Contemporary Design in Lighting and Textiles

Ghana is a country known for its rich craft heritage in weaving and textiles. Highlighting this heritage has been a long-held dream for designer Sara Efia Reddin. Sara grew up surrounded by the crafts collected by her Ghanaian mother to display in their home. On the foundations of this inspiration and heritage, Sara founded her homeware label Golden Editions, blending Ghana’s timeless craft traditions with contemporary design aesthetics.

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Obsidian House Taps into Africa’s Ancestral History and Creativity for Inspired Contemporary Living

The Obsidian House is a pioneering virtual concept home created with the needs of the African American family in mind. Conceived pre-lockdown and developed during the pandemic by the Black Artists + Designers Guild, led by Malene Barnett, Obsidian House is a carefully thought through space that taps into Africa’s ancestral history and creativity for an inspired take on future contemporary living. Obsidian House takes into consideration the physical, health, well-being, emotional, spiritual needs of its occupants and explores the different definitions of what it means to be a family in today’s society.

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nmbello Studio’s Award-Winning Design for the Community by the Community

Challenging the way we live the global pandemic has given rise to the need for design solutions that serve the health and well-being needs of our communities. Particularly those areas where hygiene standards can be difficult to maintain in difficult circumstances. In a big to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria product designer Nifemi Marcus Mbello came up with a modular portable handwashing station. The design which is currently a work in progress has won Nifemi the 2021 Wallpaper* Design Award “Life Enhancer of the Year”.

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A Holistic Well-Being Brand Inspired by Wisdom and Ancestral African Traditions

While doing some research for a magazine article I came across Maison Dassam, a holistic well-being brand inspired by wisdom and ancestral African traditions. The company was founded by Wend-Kuuni BONCOUNGOU, a French-born marketer turned entrepreneur of Burkinabé heritage. Having visited Burkina Faso many times Wend-Kuuni’s wanted to focus her attention on a project that would enable her to share the beauty and riches of her African roots.

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Christmas Wishes

It’s been a year, right? One we will never forget. 2020 has brought with it extreme ups and downs as we were forced to navigate a new reality. Looking back on the things that have happened in 2020 has been a milestone year for atelier 55 in more ways than one. I have drawn a lot from your support and in giving thanks for the good I look forward to building on them in the coming year. I am tired, and am taking a break for a few weeks. Thank you for letting me into your inbox and I look […]

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