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YSWARA Brings Their Elegant Tearoom Experience To Ghana

  The launch of luxury tea brand YSWARA’s Johannesburg tearoom has been joined by the opening of one in Accra, Ghana. The YSWARA tearoom and boutique is part of a collaborative space shared with local retailer Luxury Living and Akrafo, YSWARA’S sister brand of gourmet condiment’s, bringing gourmet and interior decor experience to the city’s stylish residents.  

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Africa By Design Inaugural Exhibition Launches In Ghana

  Exhibitions focusing on design from Africa continue to abound, with more countries outside the continent holding dedicated showcases. Whilst this is great to see, it is also important that the African continent also hold its own showcases to highlight the growing value of design to local audiences. One such initiative is Africa by Design in Ghana, which launched its inaugural self-titled exhibition presenting the work of 22 emerging and established African designers representing 6 countries from sub-Saharan Africa – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal.   [Main Image credit: Master Kente and Ewe Weaver, Bob Gandy – […]

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LIHA Beauty Inspired By West African Skin Care Traditions

We have gone through a cold snap of late, the icy winter winds contrasted with the drying effects of central heating leaving skin feeling skin a bit distressed. Whether you are in a cold or hot climate, it is important to protect your skin as each season comes with its own set of challenges that can be harmful to exposed skin if you do not care for it properly. And with more of us shunning chemical-laden products in favour of natural skincare ones it can be tricky to find natural products that are what they say they are. So had […]

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Design: Mimi Plange Channels Classic West African Inspiration For Roche Bobois

[Image credit: Mimi Plange x Roche Bobois Asante Doll Army Ice Blue] Fashion designer Mimi Plange has collaborated with high-end French furniture design company Roche Bobois on a limited edition furniture collection upholstered in Mimi Plange textile designs that references her West African design culture and heritage. The Roche Bobois collection is centred around one of the furniture house’s iconic furniture pieces, the modular Mah Jong Sofa that was designed in 1971 by German artist Hans Hopfer, and has since been dressed by some of the biggest names in fashion from the late Sonia Rykiel to Jean-Paul Gaultier. The collaboration features […]

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Accessories: Monaa, Luxury Footwear Made in Ghana

Monaa [Ghana] [Image credit: Princess Slipper in blue – Monaa] Nothing says summer more than a pair of comfortable, yet chic sandals. And, with the summer holidays having officially started in this part of the world, many a pair will have been tucked away into luggage bound for sun soaked destinations. And, whether or not you are going away for the holidays, every wardrobe needs a pair or two, or three… So just in time for summer, July has seen the launch of Monaa, a stylish collection of luxurious leather sandals and slippers made in Ghana.  

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Accessories: A A K S Luxury Handwoven Bags at Anthropologie

A A K S [Ghana] [Image credit: Happa Bag – A A K S] Luxury accessories label, A A K S was founded in 2014 by colour-obsessed designer, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, whose passion for all things bright led to the creation of a chic range of handbags handcrafted in Bolgatanga, a region in northern Ghana famed for its longstanding basket weaving traditions. Through A A K S Akosua intended to capture the spirit and durability of this heritage, showcasing the hand-weaving techniques to a global audience and in the process help support the artisans and communities the company works with by […]

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Textiles: Bespoke Binny Motivational Feel Good Furnishings

Bespoke Binny [Image credit: Wax print and African Proverb Cushion Collections – Bespoke Binny] The New Year brings with it good intentions to think, do, and be better mentally, physically, and spiritually in work and play. Get off to a good start by surrounding yourself with inspirational quotes and ancient words of wisdom to help you along your way courtesy of Bespoke Binny, a London-based home furnishings brand.

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Fashion: Ohema Ohene’s Geo Africa Collection

Ohema Ohene [Ghana] [Image credit: Ohema Ohene, Laura Cape Dress – Oh! Printex Collection] In a departure from the colourful printed fabrics that usually define their collections, London-based fashion label Ohema Ohene’s recent collection saw the adoption of a striking monochrome palette. Launched in July, the limited-edition capsule collection was produced in collaboration with textile company, Printex Ghana. Entitled OH! PRINTEX the collection celebrates Printex’s history of black and white prints through fun, wearable designs for both men and women.

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Accessories: Stylish Heels

MO SAÏQUE [Ghana] [Images Credits: Hakuun, Miami Beat Collection – MO SAÏQUE] Afua Dabanka is a woman after my own heart, she just loves her some shoes, with the difference being that whilst I just drool over whatever fabulousness comes my way, she gets to design and make them under her luxury footwear label MO SAÏQUE. A banker turned footwear designer, Afua was born in Germany to Ghanaian parents and now resides in London, where MO SAÏQUE is based. 

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Design: David Adjaye for Knoll

DESIGNER: DAVID ADJAYE [GHANA] [Image credits: Washington Corona Bronze Coffee Table – Knoll] ‘…unless I truly loved it, there was no point in my doing it’, words that formed part of a pitch that saw London-based architect David Adjaye turn his hand to furniture design, producing his first collection in collaboration with iconic American furniture and fabric brand, Knoll. Currently celebrating 75 years of pioneering design, to mark the occasion Knoll sought to persuade two of the world’s leading architects; British-Ghanaian David Adjaye, and Dutch-born Rem Koolhaus into taking a brief detour from their usual work of redrawing skylines and taking on a spot of product design. […]

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Textiles: Sankofa Center Wax Cloth Inspiration

The Sankofa Center [Ghana] The Sankofa Center is a not-for-profit arts-based organisation in Ghana that uses traditional African dance and music to promote an understanding of HIV/AIDS within the communities in which it works. To help support the Center’s programmes and services, a boutique was established that utilises the skills of a cooperative specifically set up the Center to produce a range of products including; clothing, personal and household accessories; the proceeds of which are invested back into the organisation.

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Travel: Cruising Lake Volta with The Ohemaa LXI

The Ohemaa LXI [Ghana] [Image credit: The Ohemaa LXI] Cruise the waters of Lake Volta by setting sail in the luxury confines of the Ohemaa LXI, Ghana’s premier private yacht. Ohemaa means queen; a title appropriate for the stately yacht that mixes contemporary luxury with traditional Ghanaian culture; whilst the numerals, LXI represents the year in which the Volta River Project began- 1961. Having undergone renovation and refurbishment, the Ohemaa LXI is now offering its clientele a truly special experience from the moment you step on-board.

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Textiles: Brightly Coloured Kente Strip Cushions

Our Talking Hands [Ghana] [Image credits: Cushion Covers – Our Talking Hands] A couple of weeks ago the view from the window was one of brilliant white following the snow that fell across much of the UK. A pretty picture-perfect landscape at first soon started to get a bit monotonous and I found myself subconsciously drawn to colour, pattern, and texture in the form of cushions covers from Our Talking Hands. From brightly coloured Kente strips to vibrant, clashing batik and wax cloth patterns it took me from one extreme to another, providing a colourful pick-me-up. I am more familiar with […]

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Accessories: Koshie O Compact and Colourful Messenger Bags

Koshie O [Ghana]   Compact and colourful; New York-based fashion label Koshie O’s range of messenger bags make for perfect weekend accessories. Just the right size for all your essentials, the Lady Splash Messenger Bag is made with a patchwork of bold and vibrant Ankara prints on the front flap, which is accessorised with a gold metal plated chain and logo detailing. Complementary plain canvas fabric on the back and straps provides contrast and leather detailing on the sides completes the design.

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Architecture: Villaggio II Ghana – Shortlisted Best Tall Building Awards 2012

Villaggio II [Ghana] [Image credit: Villaggio II – Allford Hall Monaghan Morris]  Villaggio II, one of Accra’s premium residential developments was shortlisted for the 2012 Best Tall Building Awards, held by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Completed in 2011, the main tower of the development is an imposing block-like structure that stands at 30 storeys high and is the tallest structure of its kind in Ghana and the West African region. The Villaggio II complex was designed by UK based architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and comprises four buildings containing 200 apartments, an office and retail space plus […]

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Ceramics: Kpando Contemporary Pottery

Kpando Pottery [Ghana] [Image credit: Kpando Pottery] Organic shapes exhibiting protruding knobbly bumps and spiky thorn-like shapes remind me of gourds, the hard bulbous shells of fruit, and the tall slender forms of cacti. Skilfully moulded by hand, without the aid of a potter’s wheel these forms are part of a range of decorative, and functional interior pottery products from Kpando Pottery, a business based in Ghana that takes its name from the Volta Region of Ghana, an area known for its skilled craftsmanship and distinctive pottery production. Kpando Pottery was founded by Joseph Nii Noi Dowuona, who has been working with […]

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Lifestyle: Handwoven Bolgatanga Baskets

Bolgatanga Baskets [Ghana]    Last week the EU announced the potential banning of plastic bags as it outlined proposals to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Europe each year after a public consultation revealed that more than four billion were thrown away each year. After massive campaign a few years ago lately I have noticed fewer people using the jute and other alternative shopping bags whilst doing their shopping, myself included and so was not surprised to find out that after four years of decline the use of carrier bags in the UK actually rose by 5% in […]

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