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Berber Lodge A Laidback Rural Retreat Near Marrakesh

A rural retreat in Oumnass located half an hour from Morocco’s vibrant city of Marrakesh, Berber Lodge invites you to leave the hustle and bustle behind and step into a simpler way of life. The Lodge was founded by Romain Michel Meniere, a French-Swiss interior designer living in Morocco, who, working closely with the villagers of Oumnass sought to celebrated Berber culture, customs, craftsmanship and architecture.

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Royal Mansour a Palace Where Exceptional Hotel Experience and Glamour is Redefined

It’s hard to believe that Royal Mansour only opened in 2010 the Moroccan palace hotel has a sense of history about it that makes it seem like it has been around for much longer than it has. Royal Mansour exudes the charm of a grand old hotel. Old as in history not design and aesthetics for Royal Mansour is very much a contemporary hotel, its architecture and decor serving as a modern translation of the very best in Moroccan culture.

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9 Designers Crafting A Well Made In Africa Aesthetic

Atelier Fifty Five spotlights the work of 9 dynamic designers whose innovative use of Africa’s diverse craft heritages is translated into modern sophisticated products for contemporary living. And in doing so are upholding the banner of Well Made In Africa. Re-imagining techniques and materials these designers are paying homage to the skill of making things by hand thereby recognising how craft is at the heart of true luxury.

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Pamper Your Skin With 54 Thrones Botanical Skincare Made In Africa

More and more people are shunning chemically formulated on the shelf beauty products in favour of natural, holistic handcrafted formulations, and the beauty industry has witnessed a rise in brands around the world catering to this need by tapping into their own homegrown beauty rituals and bringing them to global attention. And Africa is no exception. Natural skin care ingredients such as cocoa butter and shea that have been used by African women for centuries are being recognised for their benefits, but we are only just scratching the surface. Fruit of the African soil, ingredients such as baobab, marula, and […]

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Hicham Lahlou the Designer Championing Awareness of African design on the Global Stage

Moroccan designer Hicham Lahlou is one of the leading voices championing awareness of African design on the global stage. In a career spanning two decades, Hicham has become known for his multi-disciplinary design practice as an artist, product designer, interior architect, graphic designer and more for an international clientele of major brands that include leisure & hospitality, fashion, and retailers. Based in Morocco Hicham actively pioneers the development of Arab and African design the influences of which infuse his work with the cultural and identity references of these diverse cultures.

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African Furniture Design At Salone del Mobile 2018

Salone del Mobile, the prestigious Italian furniture fair opens its doors today offering visitors the very best in international furniture design concepts. Salone del Mobile is also home to SaloneSatellite an event that spotlights promising young designers under 35 by giving them a platform to connect with manufacturers, buyers and talent scouts. Noted for launching the careers of designers such as Oki Sato of Nendo, this year’s SaloneSatellite theme is Africa/Latin America: Rising Design – Design Emergente and as such is presenting a group of designers representing both regions. Among those representing African design is Jomo Tariku, founder of Jomo […]

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Zyne Turning Traditional Babouches Into Modern Moroccan Footwear

Babouches are a Moroccan slipper style of footwear. In their traditional form, they can be found in abundance in souks across the country. A favourite of tourists, babouches have now made the transition from colourful travel mementos to high fashion having turned up on the international catwalks in recent years courtesy of local designers such as Zineb Britel and Laura Pujol founders of the luxury footwear brand, ZYNE who are tapping into their heritages to modernise and elevate the Moroccan footwear.  

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Beazley Designs Of The Year 2017

  Sir David Adjaye has been announced as the overall winner of Beazley Design of the Year 2017, for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington designed in collaboration with The Freelon Group, Davis Brody Bond, and SmithGroupJJR. Now in its tenth year Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual award and exhibition of the very best in international design held by The Design Museum, the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design and architecture; and sponsored by specialty insurers Beazley. 

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Africa.Now – Exploring Africa’s Creative Community With Design Indaba

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPkwUBfKyhA] Having spent the last seven years bringing you some of the names, designs, and services that have shaped the emergence and development of the creative industries across Africa one cannot help but be inspired by the energy surrounding what is happening; that feeling that anything is possible. Something that can at times be hard to articulate in a post when experiencing it in person can be so much more impactful. And this is the premise of Design Indaba’s Africa.Now initiative and video series, which brings you closer to the action through on-screen interviews with those who are an […]

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Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair Presents The 2017 Well Made In Africa Exhibitors

  Earlier this year, I was honoured to have been appointed the guest curator for the prestigious Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair’s Well Made in Africa showcase. 2017 introduces a new, exquisite selection of Well Made in Africa exhibitors from the continent under the curatorship of Tapiwa Matsinde, author of Contemporary Design Africa. Tapiwa presents a selection that is anchored in heritage & modernity. This year Sanlam HmC will host the work of a dynamic group of designers who have been chosen for their innovative use of Africa’s diverse craft heritages to create modern sophisticated products for contemporary living. And with […]

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Accessories: Calling All Emerging Accessory Designers Enter the Abury Design Experience

Abury – Abury Design Experience [ADEx]   [Image credit: Abury Design Experience – Abury] If you are passionate about designing and producing accessories that not only look good but have a positive impact, then it is not too late to enter the Abury Design Experience (ADEx) competition to be in with a chance to create a capsule accessories collection for the sustainable luxury accessory brand, Abury. Abury’s ethos is to combine traditional, old-world crafts with avant-garde design to create a new luxury style that fosters intercultural exchange and helps preserves world crafts.

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Accessories: Abury Ethical Luxury Where Old World Traditions Meet Cutting Edge Design

Abury Collection [Image credit: Berber Collection, Blue and Pink Berber Clutch – Abury] Abury is an ethical luxury fashion accessories brand whose ethos is one of combining old world traditions with cutting edge design to create a new style, one of timeless and authentic luxury. Abury is a response to mass production, inviting people to appreciate the beauty that is around them, to form emotional connections to the products they buy and to take the time to recognise the meaning of true luxury that comes with tradition, time and care in production. Heritage, knowledge and wisdom are turned into timeless high-quality […]

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Decor: Myriam Mourabit Contemporary Moroccan Ceramics

Myriam Mourabit [Morocco] [Image credit: Tagine Ceramics – Myriam Mourabit] Award-winning Moroccan ceramicist Myriam Mourabit creates exquisite ceramic products inspired by Morocco’s rich ceramic heritage. The designer who is based in Rabat, Morocco trained in Paris at the Duperré School of Applied Arts and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. She founded her company in 1998 and from her studio skillfully produces collections that include: bowls, vases, tableware, furniture, and interior fittings.

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Decor: Traditional Moroccan artisanal Skills Meet French Style

Scènes de lin [Morocco] The beauty of traditional Moroccan artisanal skills is combined with French style to create a range of contemporary North African inspired linens, soft furnishings, and interior accessories, under the brand Scènes de lin. Based in Marrakech, Scènes de lin was created by designer, and textile industry veteran Anne-Marie Chaoui, who in 2000 opened the doors to a beautifully appointed showroom in the district of Gueliz.

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