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Farewell to Babacar Niang

Babacar Niang [Senegal] [Image credit: Furniture Collection by Babacar Niang – Southern Guild] A couple of weeks ago I mentioned an exhibition opening on the 24th March in New York that would feature the work of Senegalese furniture designer Babacar Niang, amongst others. It is therefore with great sadness and shock that I just learnt of Babacar’s passing on the 25th March 2015. Babacar, working through his studio Nulangee, possessed a unique design vision that brought forth sublime designs infused with his trademark lifelike qualities. A great talent, Babacar’s passing leaves a void in Africa’s burgeoning design industry, one that will […]

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Books: Introducing Contemporary Design Africa

Contemporary Design Africa  [Image credit: Contemporary Design Africa, Cover – Thames & Hudson] 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- Contemporary Design Africa, which will be published by Thames & Hudson in May 2015 in the UK, and in early June in the US. 

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Christmas Wishes

[Image credits: DIY Wax cloth Christmas Decorations – Stuff of Dreams] It certainly has been a busy year and I just want to take this time to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and may the festive season be one of love and happiness, rest, and relaxation. [Image credits: The images shown belong to: Stuff of Dreams. If downloaded and used elsewhere must be credited accordingly]

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Atelier Fifty-Five is Four

Atelier Fifty-Five turns 4 Today marks four years of blogging, didn’t think I would last this long, but what an incredible journey it has been. The site has, and continues to be a great source of inspiration for me… and although over the past year or so I haven’t posted as much as would have liked it has been with good reason. Over the coming weeks, I am looking forward to sharing some exciting news on where the blog has led me, best summed up by my favourite African proverb: ..and as ever my heartfelt thanks go out to all […]

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Events: New Year. New Inspirations.

[Image credit: Africa is Now – The Design Indaba Expo] As 2014 gets underway, it brings with it the promise of another great year for African design, music, fashion, art and all-round creative inspiration. 2014 sees Cape Town, South Africa take on the mantle of World Design Capital, bringing with it a whole host of events; and late 2013 saw Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo elected a UNESCO Creative City, designated the ‘City of Music’, and in doing so becomes the first African member of the Creative Cities Network launched by Unesco in 2004.  

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Introducing Atelier Fifty-Five

After a few hiccups and blips in getting things sorted, African Daydreams has now changed to Atelier Fifty-Five. For updating any bookmarks and links, the new URL is now www.atelierfiftyfive.com. I have tried to make the transition as seamless as possible, so the previous URL: www.africandaydreams.com will be redirecting to the new one until the New Year. 

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Christmas Wishes From Atelier Fifty Five

[Image credit: Glittering Angel Christmas Card – Kipepeo]   What a busy year it has been, and with the Christmas holidays just around the corner, once again I find myself mentally shutting down. I will not be posting between now and the New Year, so I would like to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. I hope the holidays will be a time of joy and togetherness for you and your loved ones, and may 2013 shower you with blessings of good health, happiness, success, and seeing your dreams come true.

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Reflecting on Two Years of Blogging

Storage: Trunks, Chests, Boxes and Blogs Storage trunks will always remind me of school. Although I was not a boarder the beginning and end of term would always bring the flurry of activity associated with arrivals and departures, and signalling a beginning or an end. Large storage trunks and chests, whether shiny and new, or battered and bruised, and filled with the owner’s belongings would be stacked to one side waiting to be taken away and unpacked of their practical items and treasured memories.

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Creative Conversations: Digital by Design at the V&A

Digital by Design Sessions   It has proved to be an exceptionally busy week, and I have been spending quite a bit of time either moderating, or thinking about issues surround creativity for Visible by Design’s Digital by Design sessions running simultaneously at the V&A’s Sackler Centre, the hub for the London Design Festival, and online. We have had attendees logging on from Kenya and Hungary and the sessions are open to anyone whether you are a creative or not, Wednesday session was joined by a medical student who brought her insight into how she uses creativity to the discussion.

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Events: Visible by Design at the V&A Museum

Visible by Design   The sports have finished and now London turns its attention to celebrating design when the annual London Design Festival kicks off with a series of events running from 14th September-23 September 2012. This year the event is marking ten years of celebrating design, and fittingly the central hub will be based at the dynamic V&A Museum, home to the award-winning Sackler Centre, whose space will see inspirational women designers coming together to discuss the creative process through a combined series of design workshops in the Design Lab in partnership with (Global Color Research), interactive sessions in Digital by Design and […]

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Messages & Musings: On Holiday

On HolidayGreetings from the vibrant city of Dakar, Senegal; which has been my home for the last two weeks and will be for the next two, as I take time out to indulge in a bit of r&r, whilst soaking up the local culture; and the main reason for my silence! Posts have been few and far between over the last few weeks as I was busy sorting myself out and completing last-minute tasks before my trip; and although I was hoping to create some posts whilst on holiday, unexpected restrictions with accessing my provider services means its unlikely that […]

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Accessories: Zoom Shoes South Africa

Zoom [South Africa] [Image credit: Sandals – Zoom] As a young woman coming-of-age in mid 90’s Zimbabwe, magazines coming in from South Africa like True Love, Cosmopolitan, Fair Lady, and Elle helped to shape and influence my dreams and growing identity in the world of adulthood. Typical of girls all over the world, each month my friends and I would buy and share the latest copies, discussing the trends and features in relation to our own lives. At the time South Africa was going through an incredible and much long-awaited period of change, inevitably causing a ripple effect that had […]

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New Year, New Start

Setting out those hopes and dreams for the New YearHappy New Year and I hope it got off to a good start! and off course hot on the heels of the festivities comes the time of reflection, resolutions, and detox…how is it going? I abandoned the whole New Year’s resolution thing a long time ago… it just doesn’t work for me! Yes, there are things I want to achieve in the year ahead, both personally and professionally, have been busy outlining my strategies to help realise those goals. ‘Start as you mean to go on’ has been my motivational mantra […]

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Christmas Wishes

With another year drawing to a close and the festive season upon us, I am so tired and have begun to mentally shut down. The last quarter has been a really busy one hence the erratic weekly postings, which I apologise for. Time for a break, and some rejuvenation!

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Keep A Child Alive

Keep a Child Alive [Image credit: Beaded Greeting Cards – Keep A Child Alive] Today is World AIDS day, and last month whilst reading up on Keep A Child Alive’s annual fundraising event I came across the headline stating that June 5th 2011 marked 30 years since the first diagnosed case of Aids; I was shocked that it has actually been that long; I am old enough to remember the epidemic taking hold in the late Eighties/early Nineties and the subsequent discussions surrounding the disease; the hushed tones, unspoken words, the stigma, the unexplained deaths and the beginning of awareness campaigns.

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Marking a Year of Blogging

Celebrating a Year of Blogging [Image credits: T-shirts – Definition Africa] Wow, where has the time gone!!!! Today marks a year of researching, writing and posting as the blog turns one; and what a year it has been! Before I started the blog I was the person who dismissed blogging as a waste of valuable time… I take it back… the fact that I not only created, but have managed to maintain a blog for a year is a miracle in itself… I started the blog at a time of great change in my life and I guess the writing and […]

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Christmas Wishes

        [Image source: Skinny Laminx – elle decoration South Africa] To my fellow daydreamers,I don’t know if anyone is out there reading, but if you are I just want to say thank you for taking the time and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a truly blessed New Year. May 2011 be the year your daydreams come true! How time flies… I cannot believe it has already been 4 months since my first post and what a voyage of discovery it has been. I am not sure how many posts, if any, I will be making […]

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