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Decor: Anthropologie’s Wax Cloth and Kanga Inspiration

Anthropologie Habari Collection Anthropologie’s latest season Dining and Entertaining collections see the Habari Collection. A range of bright hand-painted dinnerware, serve ware, and printed table linens that appear to have been inspired by wax cloth and East African Kanga’s. [Image credits: Habari Collection, Dinnerware, Serveware and Cocktail Napkins and Napkins – Anthropologie] Additional details: The Habari Collection priced between: £4-£98For further information about Anthropologie and to purchase visit: www.anthropologie.eu[ Image credits: All images belong to Anthropologie. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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Decor: Introducing Otago, Sophisticated Design-Led Craft Collections Made in Africa

Otago [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Kipapu Platters & Shanga Ya Ngozi Bottles – Otago] High-quality craftsmanship and artisanal skills lie at the heart of Otago, a UK-based luxury interiors accessories brand that collaborates mainly with artisans in East and Southern Africa, combining their skills with cutting-edge contemporary design aesthetics to produce their sophisticated design-led craft collections.

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Textiles: African Textiles Reimagined

Toghal [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Table Napkins – Toghal] Yesterday I visited Clerkenwell Design Week and spent a few leisurely hours absorbed in the world of cutting-edge contemporary design. There I met Toghal, a new textile brand inspired by Africa’s rich textile heritage. Toghal was started in December 2013 by friends Dayo and Marta. Dayo, who is originally from the Gambia, and Marta, from the Czech Republic, first met whilst both living in Kenya and now both reside in the UK, bringing with them a love for Africa’s traditional design and craft cultures. [Image credit: Kitchen – Toghal] Toghal means ‘to […]

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Fashion: Obakki, Fashion for Fundraising 

Obakki [Africa Inspired] In a beautifully shot campaign featuring South Sudanese model Ajak Deng, the rare culture and pastoral society of South Sudan is portrayed through a sophisticated clothing collection by Obakki; a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Drilling water wells in South Sudan provided the inspiration for Obakki’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection, which uses colour, pattern, and texture in the clothes and fabrics as a timeline to telling the country’s dramatic journey to independence. The story begins with the tension and unrest, seen in flashes of bold crimson and dark shadows, running through clashing, fractured patterns; then moving on […]

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Decor: Woven Telephone Wire Lamp Finials

Hillary Thomas [Africa Inspired] [Image credits: Zulu Love Train Lamp Finials Collection – Hillary Thomas Designs] Give your lamps and light fittings a touch of contemporary African design with a range of colourful lamp finials from US-based interior design company, Hillary Thomas. I must admit it took me a while to figure out how a lamp finial works; more common in older style lamps and light fittings, finials are the metal bit that attaches the shade to the light socket element, and for a personalised touch can have decorative elements added to the top part, which when placed in the lamp peek […]

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Beauty: Planet Botanicals Natural Skincare

Planet Botanicals [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Planet Botanicals Natural Skincare Range] As the seasons change from cold to warm, colds and flu become all too common, and unfortunately for me I have been bedridden, trying to shake off a particularly nasty cold, and generally feeling sorry for myself! As one to shun medication for as long as I possibly can, I tend to prefer natural goodness and remedies in essential oils and soothing herbal teas to get me well, as well as aiding overall day-to-day wellbeing, so it always good to get to know new products. I recently came across Planet […]

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Design: Hand Decorated Cabinets Inspired by African Design Elements

Lucas Risé [Africa Inspired] I stumbled upon these amazingly decorated, hand-painted cabinets by Argentinean artist, Lucas Risé. Visually stimulating, the cabinets are a riot of colour, pattern, and texture, with several of the designs drawing inspiration from elements of African design and culture; from basketry to motifs. ‘Somewhere in Africa’, brings together elements of the different countries and regions visited during Lucas’ travels to the Continent; whilst ‘African Whimsical’ pays homage to the traditional neck ornaments worn by women in the Continent’s mid-western regions.

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Design: Updating Design Classics

Wegner Shell Chair I have seen this chair pop up on many a Pinterest board channelling ‘African Style’, and whilst I cannot say whether the upholstery of the chair was inspired by Africa, the use of cowhide is obviously what has made it a favourite selection for many gathering ‘African’ style inspiration.

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Decor: AphroChic’s Juju Wallpaper Collection

AphroChic – Juju Wallpaper Collection [Africa Inspired] The US-based textile company, AphroChic recently launched a new wallpaper collection entitled ‘Juju’. Named for the feathered ceremonial headdress traditionally worn by the royal dancers of Cameroon’s Bamileke Tribe, Juju features a striking organic starburst pattern, reminiscent of the shape of the headdress, which is known as the Juju hat, hence the title of the collection.

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Design: Tucker Robbins Africa Bed 

Tucker Robbins – Africa bed [Africa Inspired] Recognisable by the slightly raised pillow at one end, and supported by chunky tapered feet, elegant simplicity defines the iconic hardwood beds of the Senufo, of Côte d’Ivoire. Traditionally used for resting throughout the day, the beds are carved from a single plank giving them a solid and sturdy appearance. Inspired by the design, New York-based Tucker Robbins have produced a more contemporary version of the bed, which features a recess to insert a mattress and comes in a single size that is ideal as a daybed, and a double.

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Design: Chic Camping Stools

Global Views – Camp Stools [Africa Inspired] [Image credits: Camp Stools – Global Views] For those who prefer ‘glamping’ to camping, these beautifully crafted camp stools, from US-based home decor wholesaler Global Views, are just the thing to bring a touch of colourful contemporary glamour to the Safari Chic style. Safari Chic is a long-standing classic style that tends to represent African interior style, and whilst I am not against ebony and ivory palettes per se, and not forgetting the must-have staples zebra and leopard prints, I do find the style often needs a bit of a shake-up to bring some […]

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Decor: African Craft and Design Interior Design Inspiration

House & Garden [Africa Inspired]   Flipping through the latest issue of House & Garden UK (February 2013) I came across a design editorial inspired by African craft and design. Co-ordinated by decoration editor, Gaby Deeming, bold bright colours, graphic prints, textures, and handicrafts are combined for a modern take on African interior style. Products used to pull the looks together include leading African designers and producers; beaded cushions from Soboye; Eva Sonaike’s distinctive, signature fabrics in the form of pouffes, cushions, notebooks, upholstered armchairs, as well as lining walls; woven telephone wire bowls in contrasting graphic swirling patterns from Zenzulu; striped black and white beaded animals […]

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Lifestyle: Decléor Madagascar Scented Candle 

Decléor Voyage – Madagascar Scented Candle [Africa Inspired] [Image credit:  Decléor Voyage – Madagascar Scented Candle] Premium aromatherapy skincare specialists Decléor introduces a relaxing candle infused with 100% natural essential oils, whose scent and packaging evoke the rich and diverse eco-system found in Madagascar. Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, and Grapefruit are combined to create a blissful luxurious fragrance that naturally perfumes your living space whilst contributing to your wellbeing.

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Art: World Cup South Africa 2010 Posters

World Cup 2010 Posters [Africa Inspired]   Granted the World Cup 2010 held in South Africa has long since come and gone, but while searching online for African patterns for a project I am working on I followed a link to some amazing digital artwork posters, showcased on the website Specky Boy, that were created to celebrate the event and pay homage to elements of African cultures and traditions. Although I am not a footie fan, I did catch some of the action on the pitch, especially when it came to charting the progress of African teams. The series of posters […]

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Textiles: Serena & Lily Africa Inspired Fabrics

Serena & Lily [Africa inspired] [Image credits: clockwise from top left, Kuba Pillow Cover in Orchid; Kuba Fabric Swatch in Navy; Lattice Pillow Cover in Flame; and Lattice Fabric Swatch in Navy – Serena & Lily] Having spotted some distinctive African inspired fabrics featuring bold graphic patterns, on many a pinterest board, I was wondering where exactly they came from, so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across them on Serena & Lily, a US interiors decor company. I adore the prints, they are so chic in some gorgeous colourways that are perfect for interior styling. As I thought when I first saw […]

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Reflecting on Two Years of Blogging

Storage: Trunks, Chests, Boxes and Blogs Storage trunks will always remind me of school. Although I was not a boarder the beginning and end of term would always bring the flurry of activity associated with arrivals and departures, and signalling a beginning or an end. Large storage trunks and chests, whether shiny and new, or battered and bruised, and filled with the owner’s belongings would be stacked to one side waiting to be taken away and unpacked of their practical items and treasured memories.

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Design: Adriana Hoyos Africa Collection

Adriana Hoyos [Africa Inspired]   The majestic Serengeti Plains have inspired a contemporary classic range of furniture by US-based designer Adriana Hoyos. Using rich hardwood grains available in a selection of finishes, the aptly titled Africa Collection features the distinctive markings of the giraffe moulded in a striking cutout pattern that is used in chair backrests, headboards, sideboards and table bases. The patterns are accentuated with upholstery materials like leather in neutral or contrasting shades. 

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Textiles: Moroccan Kilim Fabrics

Kilim Cushions [Africa Inspired] Plümo [Image credit: Kelim Cushions – Plümo] Doing some research for a client I keeping spotting beautifully textured cushions made with Moroccan Kilim fabrics. Kilim fabrics are traditionally hand-woven to create carpets and rugs and have now been used to produce smaller items such as cushions and bags. Whether a single continuous design is used or a patchwork of contrasting fabrics; the warm rich colours and plush tactile textures bring and added warmth and cosiness to interiors.

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Design: India Hicks Indigo Dyed Linens

India Hicks [Image credit: Indigo Napkin Set – India Hicks] Just spotted these indigo dyed napkins currently retailing on the India Hick’s website. Whilst I cannot say if they were actually inspired by African indigo’s (they could just as easily be Japanese Shibori), I am instantly reminded of the centuries-old dyeing tradition that can be attributed to countries like Mali and Nigeria. Made with linen, the napkins come as a set of four each; with its own individual pattern.

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Design: Iman Deco Woven Patio Furniture

Iman Deco [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Iman Deco Hoop Chair via MeubleSoLoft] I recently received a request asking for help with finding African or African inspired furniture and interior accessories, in particular, patio furniture and during my research came across the designs of French-based company Iman Deco, whose colourful and skillfully woven product ranges include casual tables, chairs, benches, runners, trays, and handbags. Handcrafted in Togo in partnership with local artisans, Iman Deco was launched in 2000 by Parisian designer Michèle Nexer, who sought to combine contemporary and retro style inspiration with traditional West African weaving techniques. The result was a lightweight range of […]

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