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S4 E2 Establishing Herself as an Architect, Managing Multiple Businesses, and Using Insecurity as a Strength with Tosin Oshinowo

In this episode, I chat with architect and product designer Tosin Oshinowo. Tosin is an architect with her own architectural practice called C M Design Atelier. She is also a product designer designing furniture using local fabrics under the brand Ilé Ilà. In our conversation, we talk about establishing her name as an architect, cultivating the confidence needed to win contracts and the business support essentials that have enabled her to start and managing multiple businesses.

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Striking Macrame Fibre Art Textiles by Studio Nom

Fibre art has risen in popularity in the past few years. There is something about the soft tactile textures that have a way of soothing the soul and bringing character into a home or work space. One textile designer who is creating striking fibre art pieces is Nom. Characterised by bold geometric patterns Nom’s pieces are handcrafted from 100% cotton fibres woven onto beech wood frames.

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Traditional and Artisanal African Metalwork Give Rokus Jewellery a Vintage Vibe

While visiting Niger, Ivorian/French jewellery designer Marie-Paule Tano came across some antique bronze Akan beads and amethyst gemstones at a local market, that so captivated her ideas began to fly and she found herself filling a sketchbook with design after design. Already a lover of accessories Marie-Paule’s passion for creating jewellery was ignited and her fine jewellery brand Rokus was the result. Marie-Paule’s use of traditional and artisanal African metalwork give Rokus jewellery a vintage vibe.

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S4 Welcome to Season 4 of Behind the Design

A warm welcome to Season 4 of Behind the Design. Introducing another stellar line up my guests this season come from the worlds of textiles, architecture, product, and fashion design. Not to mention delving into academia, science and technology and their influences on design practice and the future of design.

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Opulent Vibrant Patterned Prints Inspired by the Congo Forest

The flora and fauna of the Congolese rainforest are the inspiration behind an opulent collection of vibrant patterned prints designed for contemporary interiors. The collection is designed by Barbeline a London-based textile design studio which embraces maximalism. Each print tells a story inviting you into a magical world teeming with wildlife such as giraffes, leopards, flamingos, makaku and ostriches brought to life with intense colour rich palettes.

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The Seductive, Mystical Jewellery Designs by La Falaise Dion, The Queen of Cowries

Seductive and mystical are two words that immediately come to mind when you see the elaborate jewellery and body adornment pieces by Ivorian artist and designer La Falaise Dion. Based in Abidjan La Falaise Dion uses her work to reconnect with her ancestral power by embracing the cowrie shell which has been used by the Dan people of Western Cote d’Ivoire as a means of communication with the spirit world. In doing so she is challenging the stigmas that surround it. The dramatic appearance of her Lagbaja, headpiece in Beyonce’s Spirit video has taken her brand to new heights, giving […]

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Maison Intègre Objects Paying Homage to the Ancestral Heritage of Burkina Faso’s Bronze Lost Wax Techniques

Lost wax is a technique of producing metal objects that dates back thousands of years and is a skill used by artisans in different cultures around the world. The technique has been used in West Africa for centuries contributing to the creation of elaborate bronze, gold, and brass objects for royalty and ceremonial occasions. Inspired by this rich heritage Maison Intègre pays homage to the ancestral heritage of bronze lost wax techniques in Burkina Faso.

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S3 Ep 7: Behind The Design Season 3 Wrap Up and Reflections

You are listening to Behind the Design episode #7 the Studio Lessons. Which brings us to the end of season 3. I want to thank all of my guests for taking the time to chat especially during the circumstances we currently find ourselves in to give us a behind the scenes look into their design journeys. They like most of us have experienced the upheaval and uncertainty of navigating their way through a pandemic and having to continually adapt as the world finds its way towards some sense of stability. And while we can never be sure about what tomorrow […]

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S3 Ep 6 Using Fashion to Heal, Empower Women to be Bold and the Importance of Telling Our Own Stories with Mariatu Turay-Akar

In this episode, I chat with Mariatu Turay-Akar. Mariatu is the founder of Gitas Portal a London-based mid-luxury fashion brand that uses vibrant African wax cloth textiles to celebrate diversity in culture. For Mariatu wearing colour is all about having the freedom to express yourself, and her company has a particular focus on inspiring and empowering women to make bold, winning choices in their lives, and to not be afraid to tell their stories. We go all out to inspire and empower women. – Mariatu Turay-Akar Starting Gitas Portal was an organic process. Born in the UK Mariatu grew up […]

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Handmade Terracotta Pottery by Osa

The instability of life on the road led former punk rock musician Osa Atoe to seek an alternative creative outlet. Pottery was something that had always been at the back of her mind so one day she signed up for classes and was hooked setting up her business Pottery by Osa in 2015 from her kitchen. Initially running her business part-time while working as an after-school art teacher Osa has since transitioned into working in it full-time from her dedicated studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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