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HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates

  HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates is an award-winning architectural practice based in Yaounde, Cameroon. The practice was founded by Hermann Kamte, a rising star in architecture who seeks to bring a new dynamic to African architecture and introducing it to the international community. HKA is defining future living as it explores sustainable architecture with social impact, devising solutions that enable people and communities to live without negatively impacting their environment. An issue that is of increasing global concern.

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BEAUTIFUL: Portraits of Black Beauty By Mario Epanya

If you are follower of African fashion, style and beauty, then you are probably familiar with the images of Paris-based photographer Mario Epanya. The Mario Epanya who divided online opinion with his super-stylish series of fictional Vogue Africa covers, a concept that was turned down by Condé Nast giving rise to the debate of whether or not Africa needed Vogue. Fast forward seven years and the Cameroonian-born photographer is once again setting the digital world alight this time with his debut book BEAUTIFUL: Portraits of Black Beauty. And what a treat it is.

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Events: Support Textile Brand Kouamo To Kickstarter Success

Kouamo [Image credit: Bangou Collection – Kouamo] London-based textiles brand, Koumao recently launched a Kickstarter campaign and needs your support to help launch their third collection, which is inspired by Indonesia. The campaign, which ends on May 24th, 2016, entitled ‘Let your home accessories reflect your travels‘ draws on the stories, places, and cultures that influence French-Cameroonian founder, Julie Kouamo, and is an ethos that forms an integral part of the brand’s DNA. Kouamo’s design aesthetic is highly evocative combining traditional print techniques such as batik with modern digital processes, and layering photography, illustrations, and rich, vibrant colour. Kouamo’s previous […]

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Textiles: Julie Kouamo, Swoon Editions Juliette Bench Collaboration

Julie Kouamo for Swoon Editions [Cameroon] [Image credit: Juliette Bench in Nkunti Fabric, Julie Kouamo for Swoon Editions] London-based textile designer Julie Kouamo has become the latest designer to collaborate with luxury online furniture and interiors retailer Swoon Editions. The collaboration sees Swoon Editions oak Gustavian-style Juliette Bench upholstered with Julie’s uplifting Nkunti fabric.

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Textiles: The Optic Collection by Julie Kouamo

Julie Kouamo [Cameroon] Inspired by the city she now calls home, textile designer Julie Kouamo’s latest collection; entitled Optic pays homage to London’s striking architecture viewed from behind the lens. The exclusive collection of scatter cushions produced in collaboration with Made.com features photographic, digitally printed images highlighting the often-unseen corners of the city. Optic follows on from her first photographic collection, ‘Brooklyn Bridge’.

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Textile: Julie Kouamo Pop Up 

JULIE KOUAMO [Cameroon] [Image credits: Julie Kouamo Pop Up – taken by Tapiwa] Textile and interior accessories designer Julie Kouamo launched her first-ever pop-up store last night in London’s Camden, with a private view. Located at the Camden Collective, the pop up is open to the public from today 2nd October until Sunday 6th October. On display are Julie’s signature collections across a range of soft furnishings, lampshades, wallpaper, wrapping paper, notebooks, and furniture, with products available to purchase or place orders. Throughout the duration of the pop-up, Julie is on hand to discuss her collections and any requirements you may […]

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Textiles: Evocative Prints from Julie Kouamo

Julie Kouamo [Cameroon] Julie Kouamo is a French/Cameroonian print textile designer whose bold, evocative fabric and wallpaper designs feature multi-layered patterns, textures, and images in a collage-like effect. UK-based. Establishing her eponymous label, Julie launched her debut collection in 2008 creating a stylish, contemporary collection of colourful fabrics with a multitude uses, from; sofa coverings, curtains, cushions, hanging panels more. The fabric designs are complemented by a range of wallpaper. Produced in the UK where Julie is based, all fabrics are hand printed and some hand-dyed.

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Design: Ebotan Interiors Dinnerware

Ebotan Interiors [Cameroon] [Image credit: Okavango Dinnerware Collection – Ebotan] Dress the table with exquisite dinnerware from Ebotan Interiors; that aspires to communicate and preserve African oral traditions through symbolism, colour, and texture. Designed by Josiane Raphael based in Maryland, USA, Ebotan tableware cherishes the dining experience of bringing families and friends together to share a meal and tell stories around a beautifully laid table whether elaborate or simple in its decoration. In a combination of African and European artistry the beautiful, timeless collections are produced in Limoges porcelain.

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Design: Snob, Contemporary Furniture and Interior Accessories Made In Africa

Snob – African Furniture and Interior Accessories [Cameroon / Egypt /Burkina Faso] I stumbled upon the Green Tea Design’s blog arriving on a page displaying some stunning bulbous Egyptian pendant lights adorned with intricate patterns and followed the link through to Toronto based interiors boutique, Snob who have a whole range of gorgeous furniture and interior accessories to covet. Sourced from across the African continent Snob’s products are personally selected by owner Denise Zidel who brings away with her the story each craftsman and designer has to tell in the form of a beautifully crafted object. The philosophy of Snob is to convey one of […]

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Fashion: Pyromaniac by mp Be Wear Collection

Pyromaniac by mp [Cameroon] [Image credits: Kay Trench Coat – Pyromaniac by mp] The legendary unpredictability of the British weather calls for the need to be prepared at all times when venturing outdoors and gives rise to a spring/summer staple; the trench coat, a wardrobe must-have in classic beige but mix it up with some colourful options for head-turning style. Fusing timeless and with a touch of African glamour and designed to give a flattering chic silhouette, Pyromaniac by mp have a couple of bold, graphic print knee-length trench’s that would look good whether dressed up or down. Hailing from Yaoundé, Cameroon, […]

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