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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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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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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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IKEA’S Modern Rituals In Collaboration With African Designers

In a preview of its forthcoming collaboration with African designers IKEA introduces ÖVERALLT a limited edition collection of tableware, textiles, and seating inspired by the modern rituals across all cultures that punctuate everyday life, what we do and use to make us feel at home. The collection was developed by ten designers from seven African countries partnered with IKEA’s team of designers.

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Africa.Now – Exploring Africa’s Creative Community With Design Indaba

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPkwUBfKyhA] Having spent the last seven years bringing you some of the names, designs, and services that have shaped the emergence and development of the creative industries across Africa one cannot help but be inspired by the energy surrounding what is happening; that feeling that anything is possible. Something that can at times be hard to articulate in a post when experiencing it in person can be so much more impactful. And this is the premise of Design Indaba’s Africa.Now initiative and video series, which brings you closer to the action through on-screen interviews with those who are an […]

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Food & Drink: YSWARA, Precious African Teas

Yswara [South Africa] [Image credit: Yswara Tea] Working for many years in the design industry, I have always been fascinated with the way brands develop, the stories behind them, and so have delighted in watching innovative luxury tea brand, Yswara blossom into something truly special. When I was first introduced to Yswara about a year and a half ago, the brand was still in its infancy, developing its visual face so to speak, and whilst their current website was being created, their blog had some insightful information on the evolution of their logo and icon, which if I remember correctly is based […]

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Travel: Hotel Particulier A Chic Boutique Hotel

Hotel Particulier [Côte d’Ivoire] [Image credit: Hotel Particulier] Hotel Particulier is French word denoting an elegant private residence or townhouse; and is the name given to a chic boutique hotel in the city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The owners of Hotel Particulier, have sought to create a stylish space, with a peaceful, intimate atmosphere that allows guests to escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city. The healing soothing effects of nature is a key feature of the Hotel, which sees rooms located on the ground level to take advantage of a luscious, well-tended garden.

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Jewellery: Mickaël Kra Lavish Jewelry and Adornment

Mickaël Kra [Cote D’Ivoire] [Image credit: Mickaël Kra Jewellery featured in Ghubar Magazine] Whilst on my MA course, in-between perusing the university library shelves for reading material I would often find myself wandering down isles that did not directly relate to my subject area but proved too irresistible to bypass and during one of my wanders stumbled across the book, ‘Mickaël Kra: Jewellery Between Paris Glamour and African Tradition‘; and was introduced to a jewellery designer who has been hailed as one of the most important jewellery designers in the world today Mickaël Kra was born in France and raised first in […]

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Architecture: Koffi & Diabaté Contemporary African Architect Agency

Koffi & Diabaté Architect Agency [Cote d’Ivoire] Villa Mercury: Dakar, Senegal 2003   I don’t know whose houses these are but they are a fine example of contemporary African architecture and design from Koffi & Diabaté; a leading architectural firm based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Koffi & Diabaté Architect Agency is primarily a partnership between founder and manager, Guillaume Koffi and Issa Diabaté who initially started at the firm as an intern, then became an employee before eventually being made partner. The partners work alongside a team of 18, all sharing ideas to bring the concepts to life. Koffi & Diabaté’s […]

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Fashion: Buntu Chic, Colourful Swimwear Made In Africa

Bantu [Côte d’Ivoire / Ethiopia] It was so cold last night one would think we were in the middle of winter! I had rather high hopes for the British summer given the glorious start we had; however lately it’s been a bit hit and miss leaving me to look forward to a holiday in the sun instead. This brings the dilemma of what to wear and trying to pack light, something I’m still trying to master, especially when the ‘just in case I need it’ thought reigns supreme. When it comes to swimwear, Bantu’s chic and colourful pieces would definitely make their […]

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Accessories: Classic Handbag Style Meets African elegance

Atelier Annick [Cote d’Ivoire] [Image credit: Atelier Annick] Born and raised in Paris to parents from Cote d’Ivoire, Annick Adjo’s African heritage has a strong influence over her statement handbag designs. Handmade by specialists in London and France, the Atelier Annick silhouettes are of classic shapes enhanced by a touch of African elegance. Buttery soft leathers and ‘run your hand over them’ skins add to the luxury feel. The Waneh patent leather bags include strips of kente hand-woven by artisans in Cote d’Ivoire, which add to the range’s distinctive style and finished of with handmade African cast-iron beads. Handbag linings include suede […]

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