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Pino Nord’s Bold Afro Scandi Graphic Black and White Prints Made In Kenya

Bold graphic black and white prints with a distinctive Afro-Scandi aesthetic characterise the designs of Pino Nord, a design lifestyle company based in Nairobi, Kenya. Pino Nord draws on the minimalism of Scandinavian design, and fuses this with the vibrancy, boldness and artistic expression of daily life in Nairobi, and from this fusion comes a style that Pino Nord calls Tropical Minimalism.

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Vibrant West African Textile Inspired Umbrellas

Living in a country where it tends to rain a lot, having an umbrella to hand is essential. On dreary wet days more often than not people are huddled under canopies of dull coloured ones. Spotting a brightly coloured or patterned one can’t help but lift the spirits. When it comes to my umbrella choices I tend to shun the default plain black or grey coloured ones opting for something that is attention grabbing bright in an attempt to boost my spirits and hopefully those around me, and the ID Peters collection is right up my street. Banishing boring is […]

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Nzuri Textiles Weaving a Brand of Sustainable Luxury

  Nzuri is an ethically conscious luxury textiles brand that is immersed in ancient hand weaving traditions from around the world. The brand, founded in 2013 by Eno Jonah, is driven by an ethos to preserve traditional craftsmanship, cultural heritage, and the integrity of small industries.  And is inspired by a love of travel, which enabled Eno to learn about the beauty, and value of textiles in different cultures across Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

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Eva Sonaike’s Tips On Decorating With African Fabric

African textiles offer a fascinating array of colours, patterns, and textures that can instantly transform an interior. But with so much on offer, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start especially for those of you who may be unfamiliar with the fabrics. So to help you get started we caught up with London based textile and interior furnishings designer, Eva Sonaike for her tips on decorating with African textiles. And here is what she had to say…

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Graham and Green Chic African Print and Velvet Cocktail Chairs

Currently crushing on these gorgeous Cocktail chairs from UK retailer Graham and Green. The chairs are upholstered in the front with sumptuous jewel-toned velvets in yellow and teal, and each colourway paired with a complementary intricately patterned African print wax textile to the back. The result is classic design with modern appeal. Cocktail chairs are a 1950s mid-century design classic, sought after for their simple yet chic silhouettes. The chairs make great accent pieces in living spaces, and these will be ideal for those looking to incorporate some Afro-chic interior inspiration.

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Kheyameya Textile Project Celebrates The Ancient Art Of Egyptian Appliqué

The ancient art of Egyptian appliqué has inspired a textile project called Kheyameya. Kheyameya refers to the intricately stitched textiles made by the legendary Tentmakers of Cairo, highly skilled artists who for centuries have created appliqué textiles that were traditionally used to line the interior of tents. As time has passed the number of artists has dwindled and the Khayameya produced today are mainly for home furnishings or wall hangings for the tourist market.

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Design: Designer Ifeanyi Oganwu and Artist Pheobe Boswell Collaborate with Toghal Textiles

Dotted around the lounge at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair was a collection of colourful, contemporary seating by product designer Ifeanyi Oganwu, African inspired textiles design brand Toghal and jewellery designer Artist Phoebe Boswell. Ifeanyi was approached by Dayo Forster, Toghal’s founder to create a seating structure on which to present their cylindrical bolster cushions.

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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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Events: Chic Afrique Interior Design Inspiration at 100% Design South Africa

100% Design South Africa [South Africa] [Image credit: Picture Africa – 100% Design SA] August heralds the start of the global design exhibition season, which runs for several months. In Johannesburg 100% Design South Africa, billed as the go-to interior design show for all things African design will run from the 5th-9th August. Now in its third year 100% Design South Africa will channel continental African cool with its abundance of contemporary ‘Chic Afrique’ content.

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Fashion: Ethnik by T.O. Weaves Aso Oke to Combine Tradition & Modernity

Ethink by T.O. [Nigeria] [Image credits: Ethnik by T.O. – Tunde Olowabi Studios] Ethnik by T.O. is a stylish range of footwear and fashion accessories made with beautifully woven Aso Oke, a traditional Yoruba textile. The collection, launched in 2015, is the brainchild of photographer and designer Tunde Olowabi, who by tapping into his heritage is adding to the diverse creative voices shaping contemporary African design

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Textiles: Interior Designer Ghislaine Vinas Designs ShweShwe Wallpaper For Flavor Paper

ShweShwe is an awarding winning wallpaper designed by interior designer Ghislaine Viñas for Flavor Paper. Born in the Netherlands, raised in South Africa and now living in New York Ghislaine turned the popular African print textile from her childhood into a stylish interior accessory by translating the distinctive intricate often dotted geometric patterns that characterise ShweShwe into a bold exaggerated print wallpaper collection. ShweShwe is available in four colourways, each named after South African wildlife. ShweShwe wallpaper is digitally printed and available on a number of materials for residential and commercial use that range from eco-friendly to vinyl.

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Events: Support Textile Brand Kouamo To Kickstarter Success

Kouamo [Image credit: Bangou Collection – Kouamo] London-based textiles brand, Koumao recently launched a Kickstarter campaign and needs your support to help launch their third collection, which is inspired by Indonesia. The campaign, which ends on May 24th, 2016, entitled ‘Let your home accessories reflect your travels‘ draws on the stories, places, and cultures that influence French-Cameroonian founder, Julie Kouamo, and is an ethos that forms an integral part of the brand’s DNA. Kouamo’s design aesthetic is highly evocative combining traditional print techniques such as batik with modern digital processes, and layering photography, illustrations, and rich, vibrant colour. Kouamo’s previous […]

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Events: “Picture Africa” – A Celebration of African Creativity at Decorex, Cape Town

Picture Africa [South Africa]   [Image credits: Picture Africa – Marianne Fassler Resort 16 Collection, Photography by Paul Samuels] “Picture Africa” is an exciting new exhibition that celebrates the relationship between photography, textiles, and fashion as seen through a pan-African lens. The exhibition will feature a host of leading African design and creative talent, as well as contributions from bloggers, image-makers, artisans, and fashion leaders. Curated by Cathy O’Clery “Picture Africa” is a feature of two 100% Design South Africa events, first taking place at Decorex Cape Town, which runs from 29 April – 2 May 2016, before travelling to Gauteng, where it will […]

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Textiles: Modern South African Design The Ardmore Collection By Halsted

Luxury South African textiles and lifestyle brand Halsted introduced The Ardmore Collection of textiles and interior accessories to an audience of interior industry professionals and journalists, with an intimate afternoon champagne tea at the Patrick Mavros store in London. The collection of textiles, interior furnishings, and furniture on display were inspired by the iconic imagery, bold colour, and witty spirit of the world-renowned ceramic studio Ardmore Ceramic Art, which is the sister company to Halsted.

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Decor: KuDu’s Contemporary African Spring/Summer Style

KuDu Spring/Summer Edit [Image credit: Mungo Itawuli cotton flat-weave bath sheet  – KuDu] Spring has begun bringing with it longer and warmer days, and the swapping of heavy accessories for lighter ones. Interiors and lifestyle retailer KuDu, whom we profiled on Atelier Fifty-Five shortly after their launch, introduces their new Spring/Summer 2016 collection of homeware and lifestyle pieces sourced from the studios of talented designers and artisans from Africa. Perfect for the season ahead, Atelier Fifty-Five adores the refreshingly, modern colour palette.

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Textiles: Eva Sonaike Introduces the FALOMO Collection Inspired by Mid-Century African Architecture

Eva Sonaike   [Image credit: FALOMO collection – Eva Sonaike] ​London- based textile design studio, Eva Sonaike unveiled FALOMO, their latest textile collection at Maison & Object. Featuring a soft spring-fresh colour palette of lilacs, pinks and greys accentuated with bold purple and green hues, the Falomo collection is inspired by mid-century African architecture from the late 1940’s. Also referred to as ‘Tropical Modernism’, the architectural style combined western building styles with local building traditions.

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