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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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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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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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Raya’s Bold Fun Statement Gemstone Jewellery

While directing the home of Eva Sonaike for a magazine photoshoot the textile designer wore some fabulous statement earrings by Raya, a Nigerian contemporary jewellery brand. Drawn to the colours and style I headed online to find out more. Raya was founded in 2014 by fashion manufacturing graduate Ivie Omenai who spotted a gap for affordable high-quality jewellery made in Nigeria. 

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Evoke London Curates and Nurtures the Rich Heritage of Global Craft

There is something deeply reverent about the Evoke London website. Its design speaks of a platform committed to upholding and nurturing the rich heritage of global craft. Sourcing one of kind rare cultural pieces Evoke London’s collections are thoughtfully curated and as its name suggests is a space that recalls and brings forth the precious craft traditions of cultures past and present.

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S4 Ep 6Behind The Design Season 4 Wrap Up and Reflections

You are listening to Behind the Design the Studio Lessons. Which brings us to the end of season 4. I want to thank all of my guests for taking the time to chat and give us a behind the scenes look into their design journeys. We’ve had some truly insightful conversations. And despite the uncertainty that continues to surround us at the time of recording there is a lot of hope and optimism and just getting on with things because we cannot and will not let a pandemic stop us from expressing ourselves and achieving our potential.

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S4 E5 Exploring Design at the Intersection of Technology, Science, Nature and Society with Natsai Audrey Chieza

In this episode, I chat with Natsai Audrey Chieza. Natsai is a designer working at the intersection of technology science and nature and society. She is the founder of Faber Futures an R & D agency that is creating new spaces and strategies that relate to climate change and biodiversity loss, and the social structures that underpin our human survival. In our conversation, Natsai explains bio-design talking us through this exciting emerging technology and the implications it has on devising and creating better sustainable design solutions for our world.

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S4 E4 Exploring the Impact Designers Working with Artisans Have on Their Lives and Bringing True Sustainable Value to Artisanal Communities with Dr Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri

In this episode, I chat with Dr Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri. Pam is a multi-award-winning accessories designer, educator, and author, with her own label called Vanhu Vamwe. Her experiences of working with artisans and feeling personally part of the problem of exploiting vulnerable communities led Pam to study a PhD where she could explore the impact designers working with artisans have on their lives and how to make the process better by bringing true, sustainable value to these communities.

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S4 E3 Finding Clarity, Brand Focus and Managing a Business During a Global Health Crisis with Audrey Migot-Adholla

In this episode, I chat with Audrey Migot-Adholla. Audrey is the founder of Yala Jewellery an award-winning made in Kenya jewellery brand. In our conversation we talk about the meaning of sustainable luxury, collaborating with her artisan producers across continents, managing a business during a global health crisis, her thoughts on the spotlight being shone on black creatives as a result of Black Lives Matter.

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