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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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Design: Sustainable Furniture Designer Ryan Frank

Ryan Frank [South Africa] [Image credit: Inkuku Chair – Ryan Frank] Squishy upholstery on chairs and smooth rounded shapes making up some fun stacking stools form the basis of a range of furniture just begging to be touched and played with. These quirky and innovative designs are from Ryan Frank, a South African designer now residing in London’s trendy and bohemian East End. Starting his business in 2005 sustainability is at the core of Ryan’s work When I first saw Ryan’s ‘Inkuku’ Chair I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, however I must say it has grown on me; […]

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Design: Hamed Ouattara Fashioning Contemporary Furniture From Discarded Metals

Hamed Design [Burkina Faso] [Image credit: Dogon Chair – Hamed Ouattara] The contemporary art market in Burkina Faso is relatively young, and needs nurturing by those who are becoming successful in the field be it creators or buyers. One such creator doing just that is Hamed Ouattara. The innovative fine artist and furniture designer from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso set up Hamed Design International in 2008 with the intention of promoting visual art from Burkina Faso to an international audience. ‘I create an African design which is consumed by Africans’, a statement that highlights his desire to help people gain a sense of […]

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Design: Mabeo Furniture Inspired by Botswana’s Culture and Craftwork

Mabeo [Botswana] [Image credit: Kika Stools – Mabeo] A firm belief in good design, high-quality craftsmanship, the use of sustainable raw materials and people development as the building blocks to success has seen Gabarone-based, Mabeo manufactures its furniture for large commercial and hospitality projects throughout Botswana for the last ten years. Producing beautifully crafted furniture, the company founded by Peter Mabeo is now beginning to make its way into the international marketplace. Through collaborating with international designers, Mabeo’s everyday objects are contemporary and functional, taking inspiration from Botswana’s culture and craftwork. Simple yet fluid in form, examples of Mabeo’s work can be […]

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Design: Recreate A New Lease Of Life For Discarded Objects 

Recreate [South Africa] [Image credit: Recreate – seating] I ABSOLUTELY love this chair… it’s cute, fun and very quirky… all the things I like… and when I first saw it, it brought a smile to my face. A product of Recreate a company, which gives a new lease of life to objects that have outgrown their original purpose; its just the thing to add some character to an uninviting hallway or romantic nostalgia to a sumptuous boudoir.  Ingeniously and lovingly recycling pieces of discarded junk by skillfully turning them into unique furniture, lighting and interior accessories; Katie Thompson started the aptly titled, […]

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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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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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Design: Sidney Molepo Furniture Designs

Sidney Molepo     It all starts with a sketch… that effectively communicates the simplicity and visual aesthetic of furniture designer Sidney Molepo’s stunning creations. Displaying a sense of beauty through form and function Sidney’s furniture is also sculptural in nature. Sleek, clean lines are executed in hardwoods such as Maple and Walnut, and at times accentuated with splashes of bright colour.     [Image credit: Sketches and Bounce Chair – Sidney Molepo] Born in Botswana to South African parents, raised in Ottawa, Canada and now working in New York, Sidney describes his creative influences as mid-century modern with South African design […]

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Design: Form and Functional Product Design from Kayiwa

Kayiwa [Uganda] [Image credit: Kayiwa] Based in Helsinki, Finland innovative product designer Lincoln Kayiwa was born into an architectural family in Kampala, Uganda. Constantly seeking out solutions to everyday problems and the betterment of existing products Lincoln launched his company, Kayiwa in 2007, displaying a clean and simple aesthetic approach to his designs, whilst keeping in mind the need for functionality. [Image credit: Kayiwa] A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Lincoln Kayiwa often dedicates large amounts of time and resource to achieving the best results possible, highlighting the fact that his Ugandan background influences his work. Designs include the multi-functional Aakkoset storage or room divider system […]

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Design: Binta by Philippe Bestenheider for Moroso

Binta [Africa Inspired] [Image source: via Dezeen] These have to be some of the cutest chairs I have seen and a testament to the timeless appeal of wax cloth. Designed by Swiss designer Philippe Bestenheider for the Italian furniture company,Moroso, I first saw these chairs last year, 2009 and a year later they still look good. Taking inspiration from Africa, the Binta chair is designed to evoke African woodcarvings and like a mighty Baobab with its trunk like feet, sits firmly on the floor. Upholstered in a patchwork of bold, colourful Senegalese fabrics adds personality, bringing the chair to life. [Image sources/Credits: left via […]

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Design: Cheick Diallo’s Innovative African Furniture Designs

Diallo Design [Mali] [Image credits: Diallo Design] Cheick Diallo the innovative furniture designer behind Diallo Design studied Architecture in France and whilst there discovered his love for furniture design. One of Africa’s leading furniture and product designers Diallo aims to bring a cosmopolitan view to Africa’s design by creating a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern sensuality.  

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