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Textiles: Landry & Arcari Luxury African Inspired Tibetan Weave Rugs

Landry & Arcari [Africa Inspired] In a blend of cultures, the richly textured raffia cloths of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kuba and Shoowa people provided the inspiration for a range of Tibetan weave rugs hand-woven in Nepal. The rugs use Tibetan wool, mohair and silk and capture the distinctive iconic designs through the patterns, textures and colours. The silk is used in the lines of the designs and shimmers as it catches the light. Landry & Arcari the company behind the rugs, created the range as a way to pay homage to what they felt was a rich but under-appreciated African […]

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Decor: Emerald Fish Chic Moroccan Glassware

Emerald Fish [Africa Inspired] I have always thought that a sumptuously decorated Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert is so wonderfully mystical and incredibly romantic. Although the complete look may be too much to bring into the home, a few well-chosen items can help capture the spirit of the look, whether it is for a few hours of entertaining or permanently placed. Enter Emerald Fish, a gem of a boutique that I discovered this morning on Aphro Chic (one of my favourite reads) whose selected items from Morocco will add a touch of colourful elegance to your living space. Emerald Fish […]

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Textiles: SisterBatik Wax Cloth Cushions

SisterBatik [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: SisterBatik – Etsy] Loving these gorgeously colourful cushions and pillows from SisterBatik, that I saw via The South is Blooming blog. Working on a philosophy to create items that will happily become part of someone’s space or home, SisterBatik’s pillows and cushions will definitely add some cheer. Stemming from a love of global textiles, UK-based SisterBatik says their latest collection is inspired by an obsession with the colors, patterns and textures of Dutch wax batik prints. Each cushion is handcrafted in small quantities to enable new prints to be added continually. On some pillows fabrics are mixed and […]

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Design: Innovative Industrial Designer Kossi Aguessy

Kossi Aguessy [Togo] [Image credits: Kossi Aguessy, Stella – yatzer] You may not be familiar with the name Kossi Aguessy, but many will be familiar with his award-winning work in the form of a perfume bottle for Stella McCartney, which just so happens to be one of my favourite perfumes. Born in Lomé, Togo to a mother of African Brazilian descent and a father of Togolese Yoruba descent; and having lived in New York City, London, Brazil, eventually settling in Paris and Rotterdam; Kossi describes himself as a “child of Africa, that pays no attention to the boundaries being then the son […]

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Decor: Zebra Print Inspired Interior Accessories

Adore Home Magazine [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Adore Home Magazine Australia] While the hot pink zebra print wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of ‘Jerseylicious’ (…and, no I didn’t just admit to watching that… it… umm… just happens to be on when I’m in the room!), I rather fancy the ice bucket.  I saw it featured in a Zebra print inspired editorial in online Australian interiors magazine Adore Home; and after yesterdays more softer nature inspired post, it definitely turns things up a notch. Brilliant green colour adds a fun, stylish twist to classic Zebra print.

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Design: Karim Rashid cutting-edge contemporary design

Karim Rashid [Egypt] [Image credit: Matrix Sofa System, 2009 – Karim Rashid] With over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards to his name and having worked in over 35 countries, Karim Rashid has been described as one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Half Egyptian and half English, Karim was born in Cairo and raised in England and Canada. In 1993, after studying in Canada and later Italy, Karim opened his design studio in New York City, designing products that span multi-disciplines including: interiors, product, fashion, packaging, identity, art and space. Definitely a man who is futuristic in his […]

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Textiles: Zara Home African Inspired Home Décor

Zara Home [Africa Inspired] [Image credits: Chic Collection – Zara Home] I adore the Zara Home Store, it is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful things and passing by the window display in Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent, this past Sunday I was greeted with a showcase of classic African home décor – think safari-style in various shades of brown, sand, ebony and ivory. Whilst I tend to prefer a more vibrant look incorporating brightly coloured accents, there were some elements that appealed, however on entering the store to have a closer look I was greeted instead with distinct sections of […]

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Textiles: Clinton Friedman’s Photographic Prints on Textiles

Clinton Friedman [South Africa]  [Image credit: Subtraction Collection – Clinton Friedman] Finally… the time has come to shed bulky coats and heavy cardi’s, as the onset of spring ushers in the warmer weather. Taking the lead from the flowers now starting to peek out of the thawing ground, why not celebrate the start of spring by injecting some floral inspiration throughout your living space. I’m inspired to bring the outside in with these gorgeous scatter cushions by Durban-based photographer, Clinton Friedman, who has taken to reproducing his stunning graphic imagery onto fabric. I was drawn to these cushions, as not only do […]

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Design: North African Punched Metal Light Pendants

Dido Designs [Tunisia]     [Image credit: Drum Lampshade – Dido Designs] Flick a switch and watch as light spills through countless tiny holes, each painstakingly punched by hand using a hammer and a punch. This is a method of traditional punctured metal work that has been used in North Africa for thousands of years, and one that makes up the beautiful lighting products from Dido Designs. Working from a 300 year-old factory in Tunisia, designer Caroline Mansouri creates a stunning range of contemporary handcrafted lighting, handcrafted by artisans highly skilled in the intricate metal work method. The lighting is crafted in […]

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African Design Inspired Liberia Tea Collection By SoHe Designs

Growing up my mum had a brown and white china tea and dinner set, depicting traditional English scenes rendered in the French toile style. It was a set that had pride of place in the display cabinet and came with the implicit understanding we were not allowed to touch. My siblings and I would peer at it through the glass, fascinated at the detail and delicateness of it, making up stories about the images portrayed. The thing that strikes me most about that set was how it was reserved for special occasions only, and even then it hardly ever came […]

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Design: Innovative Basket Furniture

The Jeddah Seat [Africa Inspired]     [Image source: Elle Decoration – South Africa] Take a giant, oversized woven basket and tip it on its side, add some sturdy wooden legs and voilà you have a chair, the Jeddah Seat to be precise. I appreciate its not that simple but the resulting effect is an ingenious approach to the humble, yet stylish woven basket giving it a contemporary look in the process. Woven from rush, the Jeddah chair by Italian designer Angelo Figus is a beautiful example of handwoven craftsmanship and attention to detail. The chair formed part of a 2009 exhibition, called […]

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Design: Mud Studio’s Earthy Chandeliers

Mud Studio [South Africa] [Image credit: Mud Studio via Bellissimo] I was intrigued by the elements and construction of these rather unique chandeliers from Mud Studio, based in the Orange Free State, South Africa. Literally born out of the earth, these majestic chandeliers exuding rustic charm are made up of over 6000 handmade clay beads, drawn from the surrounding South African soil and handcrafted in partnership with artisans from the local communities. Drawing inspiration from the landscape and nature the ceramic beads are wire-wrapped, strung and styled around handmade wire frames. Mud Studio was founded by Werner and Philippa du Toit who in […]

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Interiors: Interior Elegance Inspired by Africa

Aline Matsika [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Aline Matsika] Interior designer Aline Matsika is known for her impeccable sense of style and discerning eye for detail that draws on her African heritage, seamlessly blending contemporary and antique French chic with traditional African elegance. The results are gorgeous inviting spaces where diverse cultural accents co-exist in unison. [Image credits: Aline Matsika] Starting out in Paris with her boutique, Concept Ethnic, Aline Matsika brought her unique take on old and new to the heart of New York’s Soho district in the form of Mosaic. Her signature style sees unique furniture such as Louis XVI chairs covered […]

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Design: Gahaya Links Baskets Celebrating Peace

Gahaya Links [Rwanda] [Image credits: top, Fairwinds Trading; bottom, Gahaya Links] Following on from my previous posting about the Zimbabwean Basket Weavers, I have become increasingly fascinated by the defining characteristics and regional differences in patterns, forms and traditional uses and thought it would be nice to dedicate a separate posting for each of the various country styles I come across. In Rwanda the traditional art of basketry has been used as a vehicle to build hope, bringing together communities once divided by the Genocide of 1994. Recognising the potential towards fostering healing, Rwandan sisters, Joy Ndungutse and Janet Nkubana founded Gahaya Links, a […]

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Interiors: Wax Cloth Dinnerware

Wax Print Inspired Dinnerware [Africa Inspired] Bring some colour to your place settings with these Wax fabric inspired dinnerware offerings. Firstly from American-based French Bull, whose kitchen and lifestyle products are wonderfully bright and funky. With products sold globally, the Isis range of dinnerware and platters caught my eye whilst browsing their website. Described as being inspired by Africa, the Isis range has an air of vibrant wax print fabric design about it. Made from melamine making the products durable and resistant to high heat, these plates are perfect for adults and children alike making them ideal for picnics. [Image credits: French Bull] […]

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Design: ‘Basket Case’ A showcase of Contemporary Zimbabwean Basketry

The Basket Case Exhibition [Zimbabwe] [Image credit: BBC] I came across a photo-editorial on BBC about an exhibition called ‘The Basket Case’, currently being held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. The National Gallery is a beautiful space and a place I know well having spent many a time there perusing the latest exhibits and completing assignments. I am glad to see that it is still putting on inspiring exhibits. ‘The Basket Case’ exhibition is all about connecting the past and the present, traditional with contemporary and is based on a project by interior accessories designer, Heath Nash and the traditional basket […]

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