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Decor: High Thorn Innovative Lighting

High Thorn [South Africa] Taking inspiration from traditional African design and techniques, and combining it with nature and a contemporary design aesthetic, has resulted in a unique range of interior products from South African-based company High Thorn. Handcrafted in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal High Thorn’s product range includes lighting, ottomans, tables, leather pots and twig framed mirrors.

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Design: Jonathan Krawczuk Morocco Table for Made.com

Jonathan Krawczuk for Made.com [Africa Inspired] I couldn’t help but be transported to alfresco dining on a sun-drenched patio when I saw some simple yet striking coffee tables on Made.com a UK-based furniture and interiors e-tailer that works with select designers to create original furniture designs that are sold directly to customers at affordable prices by cutting out the middle man. Sporting a bold diamond cut-out pattern that runs a ring close to the table edge, the Morocco Coffee Table sits on hexagonal legs and was inspired by traditional Moroccan tray tables. 

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Design: Master Wood Carver Daniel Omondi

Daniel Omondi [Kenya] [Image credit: Daniel Omondi – Rocking Chair] A few weeks ago I featured a beautifully carved wooden table adorned with East African inspired motifs, courtesy of Vermont Wood Studios a community of local carvers, the Africa Sofa Table as I have now found out was carved by Daniel Omondi, a master carver from Kenya who was raised in a family of woodcarvers, learning his trade at age thirteen in his father’s award-winning workshop in Mombasa, Kenya. Following in the steps of his father and grandfather Daniel inherited the workshop, moving to the USA in 2001 where he established his workshop […]

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Design: Springbuck Contemporary Rocking Horse Update

Justin Plunkett [South Africa] [Image credit: Springbuck – Justin Plunkett] Growing up we had a deep red rocking horse that for a while was quite overworked…poor thing…if it was not piled high with children then it would be hitched to prams, pushchairs and other sorted toys with wheels to form the head of a train (that inevitably did not move) carrying dolls, teddy bears and the occasional small dog that happened to get in the way…talk about hours of endless fun and runaway imaginations. Bringing back the memories was the Springbuck a contemporary update of the rocking horse.   Springbuck […]

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Design: Bamboula Folding Chair Made In Ghana

Bamboula [Ghana]   Today I became ever more aware of restaurants bringing their tables outside, heavy winter coats shed in favour of shirtsleeves and being dazzled by a gorgeous creature who wafted by in a cloud of peach tulle and ballet slippers; all signalling the arrival of spring and the promise of a week of rising temperatures. The image of this carved wood and rattan folding chair has been sitting on my desktop for the best part of a year, reminding me of exactly this type of weather, that makes you want to drag your chair outside, put your feet […]

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Design: Stephen Burks Man Made Contemporary Basketry Exhibition

Stephen Burks [Africa Inspired]   Having grown up surrounded by basketry and woven grass products I do feel a deep connection to the tradition; marveling at the patterns and the way the long grass stalks can be transformed into beautiful functional products. So immediately fell in love with the woven light fittings from New York-based industrial designer Stephen Burks. So stunning, so contemporary; I just love the colours and the ingenious designs that celebrate the basket weaving traditions seen across the continent and show that far from being confined to the past, basketry is continuing to evolve into a contemporary art form. Produced […]

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Design: Tekura Upholding Ghana’s Crafts and Woodcarving Heritage

Tekura [Ghana] [Image credit: Tekura Walking Tables – AfricaNow!] Imbued with the spirit of Ghana’s rich culture and heritage, Tekura is a Ghanaian furniture and décor accessories company that was founded in 2000 Josephine and Kweku Forson. Tekura draws inspiration from ancient cultures such as the legendary Ashanti and Fanti to produce stylish yet functional collections that include stools, tables, benches and storage containers; in addition to complimentary home décor items like bowls, vases and mirrors.    

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Design: Moroso, the Rift Collection Designed by Patricia Urquiola 

Moroso [Africa Inspired]        Stretching from the Middle East through Eastern African and ending in Mozambique, the Great Rift Valley is considered one of the wonders of the world. Teeming with amazing biodiversity the Great Rift Valley splits into two once it reaches Eastern Africa, forming the Eastern and the Western Rift Valleys. Commonly associated with Kenya and Tanzania, the Western Rift Valley is home to high mountain ranges and some of the deepest lakes in the world, offering visitors spectacular views. The Great Rift Valley is the result of Tectonic plates; unimaginably massive irregular shaped slabs of […]

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Design: Vermont Wood Studios African Sofa Table

Vermont Wood Studios [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: African Sofa Table – Vermont Wood Studios] Hand-carved from Mahogany, this elegant sofa table was inspired by East African wood carving traditions and features intricate detailing based on floral and geometric designs from the region. The attention to detail and finish gives it the look of a precious antique. Each table is custom built-in Vermont, USA by a highly skilled furniture maker from Vermont Wood Studios; a local company that works with artisans drawn from the small workshops scattered across Vermont, giving them a platform to bring their products to a wider market.

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Design: Mijikenda Salvaged Driftwood Furniture

Mijikenda Workshop [Kenya] [Image credit: Driftwood Mahogany Console – Mijikenda Workshop] The irregular form of a solid wood dining room table with a split seam running deep into the wood and held together with steel pins is just one of the characteristics pieces from Mijikenda Workshop, whose furniture and decor accessories give a new lease of life to the natural beauty of centuries-old wood salvaged from the beaches, oceans and old railways around East Africa. Based in Diani Beach, Kenya the Mijikenda Workshop was opened in 2008 by Nicole Engelfield a local resident who spent many years working in the tourism industry before turning her […]

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Design: Mali Chic Boutique and Workshop

Mali Chic [Mali] [Image credit: Embroidered Bench – Mali Chic] Perfect perched in a hallway or at the end of a bed, when I first saw the image of this embroidered bench I thought it had beaded detailing across seat area, such is the effect of the textured pattern from afar. Beautifully and skillfully woven, the textile covering is made from cotton upholstered onto a wooden bench frame handmade by the artisans of Mali Chic, a boutique and workshop based in Bamako, Mali. Mali Chic works with a network of over 195 local artisans; to produce a diverse range of traditional and […]

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Design: Galerie Arte Award Winning Furniture Designs

Galerie Arte [Senegal] [Image credit: Interior Design – Galerie Arte] Galerie Arte is a veritable treasure trove, home to an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional furniture, home décor, art, jewellery and handicrafts from highly skilled African artists and artisans. I was introduced to the Senegalese gallery by Ratiba, a current Dakar resident and décor lover who described it as ‘Dakar’s most beautiful place’, and having had a virtual browse, looks like the kind of place I could quite easily get ‘lost’ in for a few hours. The gallery/showroom located in Dakar was established by designer Joëlle le Bussy in 1996, in […]

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Design: Pfeifer Studio Wooden Stools Inspired by traditional African Seating

Pfeifer Studio [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Abaidoo Wooden Stool – Pfeifer Studio] I can’t remember what I was looking for when I stumbled upon the blog for Pfeifer Studio and saw a post on their African inspired stool. Called ‘Abaidoo’, the stool was named after a friend’s Ghanaian father-in-law and is a bestseller within the Pfeifer Studio collections. Based in New Mexico, USA Pfeifer Studio designs, produces and sources a range of stylish interior and personal furniture and accessories for retail; as well as working with designers and architects to source unique interior products for their projects and have included luxury hotels […]

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Design: Bib&Sola Hand Blown Glassware

Bib&Sola [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: The Ash Collection – Bib&Sola] Coming from the Latin words meaning ‘Water’ and ‘Comfort’, Bib&Sola is an exquisite and highly unique range of handblown glassware paying homage to women water bearers across the globe; and for me calls to mind the familiar graceful depictions of African women with clay pots or tightly woven baskets perfectly balanced on the head having walked miles to fetch water; a vital resource for day to day life, and is a task done with dignity. Bib&Sola was established by Kira Heuer, a Southern Californian native who grew up by the ocean and […]

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Design: Senegalese Prayer Basket Hampers

African Prayer Hamper / The Travelers Collection [Senegal]   Ditch bog-standard plastic laundry baskets in favour of some elegantly coiled hampers hand-woven by the Wolof women of Senegal and available on The Travelers Collection, a US-based offering a diverse collection of globally inspired personal and homeware accessories and gifts. Simply stylish, the hampers are made from recycled prayer mats that have been woven using njodax grass and plastic strips and come in subtle soothing colour palettes that bring a touch of contemporary African chic into the interior. Available in different sizes, the hampers have ample room, not only concealing mountains of […]

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Decor: Magpie Art Collective Chandeliers

Magpie Art Collective [South Africa] [Image credit: Regency Inspired Chandelier – Magpie Art Collective]   Finding the beauty in discarded rubbish, the one-of-a-kind creations are handcrafted using reclaimed trinkets and other found objects including bits of mirrors, toys, charms, copper wire, glass bottles, mosaic pieces and beads all woven into a collection of ornate chandeliers, wreaths and pendants. A socially conscious business working from a studio based in Barrydale, in the Western Cape region, Magpie Art Collective was founded in 1998 by designer, Scott B. Hart and social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow, Shane A. Petzer; who were later joined by […]

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Design: Kitengela Hot Glass Chandeliers

Kitengela Hot Glass [Kenya] [Image Credit: Westend House Chandelier – Kitengela Hot Glass] Picture heavy wooden doors inlaid with bejeweled glass panels that greet your guests each time they visit; that’s just one of the images that come to mind when I see the imaginative glass products from Kenyan company, Kitengela Hot Glass. Glass blowing is a fascinating craft; just watching the molten glass take shape at the end of the pipe I am always amazed at the end results. Bordering the Nairobi National Park, Kitengela Hot Glass was established in 1991 by Anslem Croze who studied his craft in France […]

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Design: Ousmane M’Baye’s Colour block Furniture Designs

Ousmane M’Baye [Senegal] [Image credits: Armchair 2011 – Ousmane M’Baye] I was recently introduced to the colourful and innovative creations from Senegalese furniture and home accessories designer, Ousmane M’Baye, whose colourful abstract chair instantly reminded me of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s famous colour block, linear paintings; paintings that have inspired countless designers throughout the decades. Mondrian was one of the revolutionary founders of the Modern Art movement and as an art student I was captivated by his work; something to do with the minimalist simplicity of it all I guess.

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Design: willowlamp Ethereal Chandeliers

willowlamp [South Africa] [Image credit: Faraway Tree Chandelier – willowlamp] Illuminating your home or business space, ethereal constructions from willowlamp provide a sense of mystery and wonder. Operating from a studio and workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa willowlamp’s striking chandeliers look like they’ve been spun out of silken thread and belie a solid framework that holds it all together. The establishment of the company was an organic process, a sharing of ideas as co-founder Adam Hoets, an eco architect was experimenting with creating curtains from ball chains and needed an effective solution to aid the suspension. The answer came through a collaboration […]

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Design: Haldane Martin Iconic Furniture Designer

Haldane Martin [South Africa] ‘…meaningful for the spirit, beautiful for the soul, and nurturing for the body.’ Words that describe the design philosophy of innovative furniture, product and industrial designer; Haldane Martin. Based in Cape Town, South Africa; Haldane set up his eponymous company in 2002 and works to create designs for life; designs that serve to harmoniously connect us to the world in which we live in. It’s fair to say in most cases our home is our sanctuary and Haldane believes that the environments we live in and the objects we fill them with should reflect the core of who […]

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