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Decor: Adele Dejak Launches Luxury Lifestyle Interior Accessories Collection

The Adele Dejak Lifestyle brand was launched in 2014 and brings the modern elegance and luxury Africa aesthetic of Adele Dejak jewellery designs to interior decor accessories and bespoke home products. The Adele Dejak Lifestyle collection includes stylish bowls, spoons, and candle holders all handcrafted from Ankole cow horn, which is sourced from Uganda and is a by-product of the beef industry.

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Design: Hand-Woven Lighting Inspired by Traditional Ethiopian Basket Weaving

The Abyssinia Lamp by PET LAMP and Salem’s Ethiopia [Ethiopia] [Image credit: Abyssinia Single Lamps – PET Lamp] The Abyssinia Lamp is a collection of colourful handwoven lighting inspired by the techniques and visual languages of traditional Ethiopian basket weaving. The collection was designed and produced by PET Lamp in a joint venture with a local craft workshop and retailer, Salem’s Ethiopia. Produced by highly skilled artisans in Addis Abba the main feature of the lighting collection are the striking woven lampshades, which draw on a diverse range of local cultural patterns, infused with bold colour palettes rendered in heavy, […]

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Decor: Tinja Reinterpreting Classical Tunisian Crafts To Create A Handcrafted Modern Aesthetic

Handcrafted modern is the philosophy of Tinja, an interior design concept developed by a family passionate about the heritage of their Tunisian craft. Tinja was founded by Salah Sfar, who wanted to find a way to reinterpret and preserve Tunisia’s handicraft traditions and those of other cultures that have had an impact, by creating a new contemporary vision developing products that would reflect the techniques, and time and care that had gone into making them.   [Main image credit: Fokhar collection, Large Yellow Tray – Tinja]

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Decor: Safari Fusion’s Woven & Stitched 2015-16 Collection

Safari Fusion [Africa Inspired] Loving Safari Fusion’s beautifully styled 2015-16 Lookbook entitled, Woven & Stitched. The colourful, unique and functional collection presents the best in contemporary basketry made in Africa. Woven & Stitched is inspired by Africa’s basket weavers and has brought together a range of grass and fibre baskets that showcase the way classical techniques and ancient traditions have been rejuvenated through the use of modern colour palettes and forms.

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Basketry: Gone Rural’s One of a Kind Hand Painted Baskets at Maud Interiors

Gone Rural Hand Painted Baskets at Maud Interiors [Eswatini / Swaziland] [Image credit: Gone Rural Hand Painted Baskets – Maud Interiors] Just spotted on Maud Interiors, via Pinterest these one-of-a-kind handwoven baskets from Gone Rural sporting colourful hand-painted splashes of paint in a stylistic nod to abstract expressionism. I have previously featured the work of Swazi-based social enterprise, Gone Rural on the site, and the organisation continues to shake up the industry with their innovative approach to contemporary African basketry. Purchases  of the baskets will go towards helping support Gone Rural Bomake (meaning women) a not for profit organization which […]

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Decor: Interiors Boutique KuDu Home Redefining the Way We View African Design

KuDu Home [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: KuDu Home] ‘Africa is Beautiful. Africa is Home.’ Two concise, yet perfectly self explanatory statements that define the ethos of KuDu Home, a stylish online interiors boutique that presents covetable curated collections of rare artifacts, luxurious contemporary furnishings, homeware, and decorative and lifestyle accessories made in Africa. Taking its name from a species of African antelope, renowned for its grace, beauty and stature, KuDu Home is the latest in a new wave of interior retailers redefining the way we view design and creativity from Africa, avoiding the stereotypes, and instead seeking to introduce a […]

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Design: Otago Chandeliers Inspired by Dinka Corsets for Nandos Harrogate

Otago and The Light Corporation for Nandos [Image credit: Maridadi Pendants for Nandos, Harrogate – Otago ©David Lindsay] The intricate corsets worn by the Dinka of South Sudan have been the inspiration for a bespoke range of lighting for a Nandos restaurant in Harrogate, UK. Worn by men, the bright colour coded Dinka corset indicates age, status and wealth within the community, whilst women wear a colourful beaded shawl type collar that also indicates age, status and wealth, read a previous feature I did on the corsets here. The lighting designs were based on the colour and the drape of […]

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Design: Surilight Inspired by the Adornment of the Suri Tribe of Ethiopia

Surilight by Egg Designs [South Africa] [Image credit: Brass Surilght] The Surilight is a cascading chandelier that is inspired by classical African craft and adornment, in particular paying homage to the decorative earlobe discs worn by the women of the Suri Tribe in Ethiopia. Choosing from four silhouette frames as a base, the Surilight is a self-assembly system based on a series of interlocking circles and other optional components that allow you to configure and customise the chandelier to suit your style. The components are available in a range of finishes that include, metallics, acrylics, and coated steel. In addition […]

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Decor: Silversmith Ndidi Nkubia at London Craft Week 2015

Ndidi Ekubia [Image credits: Ndidi Ekubia, Silver Vase – Ndidi Ekubia] Since I started my blogging journey I have come to appreciate the true and lasting value that exceptional craftsmanship brings to design. Craftsmanship is a hallmark of the world’s leading heritage and couture brands and in upholding this view, today sees the start of London Craft Week 2015, an inaugural five-day event whose ethos is ‘Putting craftsmanship centre stage of the world’s creative capital’. London Craft Week celebrates the best luxury brands and artisans from the UK and the around the world who will be: opening the doors of their studios; exhibiting […]

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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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Contemporary Design Africa Book Modern African Home Decor And Design

Back in September 2014 I hinted at some news I was looking forward to sharing a few months into the future; well that time has now come and I am so thrilled to finally be able to introduce my forthcoming first book on modern African home decor and design entitled- Contemporary Design Africa. Contemporary Design Africa will be published by Thames & Hudson in May 2015 in the UK, and in early June in the US. [Image credit: Contemporary Design Africa, Cover – Thames & Hudson]

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Decor: Myriam Mourabit Contemporary Moroccan Ceramics

Myriam Mourabit [Morocco] [Image credit: Tagine Ceramics – Myriam Mourabit] Award-winning Moroccan ceramicist Myriam Mourabit creates exquisite ceramic products inspired by Morocco’s rich ceramic heritage. The designer who is based in Rabat, Morocco trained in Paris at the Duperré School of Applied Arts and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. She founded her company in 1998 and from her studio skillfully produces collections that include: bowls, vases, tableware, furniture, and interior fittings.

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Decor: Keteme’s Monochrome Interior Inspiration

Keteme [Ethiopia] [Image credit: Cushions and Textile Collections – Keteme] Keteme is a lifestyle home décor brand that offers an inspirational collection of one-of-a-kind designs handcrafted in Africa, namely Ethiopia. Keteme exudes soothing understated elegance and reveres the exclusivity that comes with handmade luxury. Keteme, meaning ‘urban dweller’ in Amharic, draws inspiration from Africa’s rising cities, exploring the ever-evolving notion of contemporary urban living. The company is a celebration of a continent on the rise and through its thoughtfully sourced and designed collections seeks to take its audience on a journey of transforming their living spaces with beautiful products conceived and made in […]

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Exhibition: Contemporary Design at GUILD Design Fair 2015

GUILD Design Fair 2015 [South Africa] [Image credit: GUILD Design Fair, Artisan by Watershed – Southern Guild] Following a successful debut in 2014, 25 February to 1 March 2015 sees the 2nd GUILD Design Fair in Cape Town. GUILD is the premier African-based international design fair that brings together the work of leading African and internal designers and was conceived by Southern Guild, a South African-based platform that showcases the very best in Southern African design talent.

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Decor: Dassie Interior’s Rustic Charm

Dassie [Image credit: Chevron Enamel Tableware – Dassie] Dassie is an online interiors store that retails inspirational homeware trends. Dassie was founded by the husband and wife team, David and Rox, who sought to bring their take on feel-good homeware to the UK. The company draws on the couple’s South African heritage, and sources beautifully handmade products from artisans across the African continent.

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Design: Contemporary Islamic Interiors

MICA [Image credit: Mica Zen Interiors Collection – Mica] Visiting 100% Design in early autumn I came across Mica, a gallery and interiors design company that specialises in modern Islamic interiors and contemporary arts. Based in the UK Mica was founded in 2009 by Reedah El-Saie. At 100% Design, and also Decorex, Reedah launched Mica’s debut contemporary Islamic home interiors collection entitled ‘MICA Zen’. The collection is rooted in traditional Islamic art & architecture and centres on the point of infinity, embodying the principles of beauty and balance. Reedah sought to fuse Eastern holistic designs with Western creativity to create a stylish collection […]

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Decor: Ostrich Egg Bowls

The Ostrich Company [South Africa] [Image credits: Golden Snack Bowl – The Ostrich Egg Company] Ostrich shells have been used in Africa for thousands of years, the fragments shaped into beads, and the large hollow shell used as bowls, cups, and containers. Thick, yet fragile the shells have featured painted scenes, and have been decorated with intricate carved or punctured patterns. These beautifully sculpted bowls from The Ostrich Company see the natural, rough texture of the shell contrasted with the smooth shiny finish of the interior, giving them a modern update. The insertion of bases and metal feet for added functionality and the […]

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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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Decor: Stylishly Stitched Bowls

Quazi Design [Eswatini / Swaziland] [Image credit: Stitched Bowls – Quazi Design] Quazi Design combines cutting edge craft with design-driven aesthetics. The company, based in Swaziland is a social enterprise built on the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability, and was started in 2009, by Doron a designer from the UK; and Flotsam, a local Swazi magazine distributor. Quazi Design creates personal and interior décor from recycling locally sourced 100% waste magazines, layering or rolling up the pages to give the designs a 3D effect, and once a year showcases their innovative paper fashion.

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