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Textiles: Architect David Adjaye Designs Textile Collection inspired by Africa for KnollTextiles

The Adjaye Collection, David Adjaye for Knoll [image credit: The Adjaye Collection, Aswan upholstery by David Adjaye for Knoll] The Adjaye Collection is a visually stimulating range of textiles designed by architect, David Adjaye for KnollTextiles. Working in collaboration with Dorothy Cosonas, KnollTextiles Creative Director, the collection is inspired by Africa, blending the influences of the architect’s African heritage with the language of modern textile design. And, through the collection David aim is to challenge the stereotypical images that often define Africa. Presented at the NeoCon commercial interior design trade show in Chicago, the collection corresponds with the recent opening […]

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Textiles: Swoon Edition’s Milly Chair Paired with Delta Sola Textiles by Banke Kuku

Banke Kuku for Swoon Editions [Nigeria] [Image credit: Milly Chair upholstered in Delta Sola Fabric, by Banke Kuku for Swoon Editions] It appears Swoon Editions is having a thing for African inspired textiles this summer. First, there was Eva Sonaike followed a few weeks later by Julie Kouamo, both of whose limited-edition collaborations sold out by the way. And now the latest collaboration sees the evocative Delta Sola textile from London-based designer Banke Kuku paired with Swoon Editions Milly Chair, and the effect is just stunning.

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Textiles: Julie Kouamo, Swoon Editions Juliette Bench Collaboration

Julie Kouamo for Swoon Editions [Cameroon] [Image credit: Juliette Bench in Nkunti Fabric, Julie Kouamo for Swoon Editions] London-based textile designer Julie Kouamo has become the latest designer to collaborate with luxury online furniture and interiors retailer Swoon Editions. The collaboration sees Swoon Editions oak Gustavian-style Juliette Bench upholstered with Julie’s uplifting Nkunti fabric.

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Textiles: Maki & Mpho, Where Asia Meets Africa to Create African Modern Luxury

Maki & Mpho [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: SEVEN – Self-tie Diamond Tip Double-sided Bow Tie – Maki & Mpho] With Father’s Day on the horizon, Sunday 21st June for those who need reminding, I thought it would be apt to introduce a brand that focuses its creative attention on our menfolk. Maki & Mpho, is a US-based textile brand that ‘celebrates the African renaissance’, by working with African designers to develop modern sophisticated prints for menswear accessories. The collections include elegant ties, pocket squares and bow ties made from silk twill. Founded by Maki Nakata and Mpho Muendane, Maki & […]

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Textiles: Kenyan Jewellery Designer Gladys Macharia For URBANARA

Gladys Macharia for URBANARA [Kenya] [Image credit: Gladys Macharia, Awasi Collection Table Runner and Napkin – URBANARA] UK online interiors and lifestyle brand URBANARA has teamed up with Kenyan jewellery designer Gladys Macharia to create a beautiful collection of table linens, that are just perfect for summer. The Awasi collection comprises 100% cotton napkins, placemats, and table runners hand-printed by artisans in Nairobi.

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Textiles: Eva Sonaike, Swoon Editions Marley Footstool Collaboration

Eva Sonaike for Swoon Editions [Nigeria]   Just spotted Swoon Editions’ Marley Footstool collaboration with London-based textile designer Eva Sonaike. The luxury online furniture and interiors retailer has given one of its designs a spring refresh courtesy of Eva Sonaike’s Wewe fabric from her Aburi Collection. The vibrant pattern features a two-tone green banana leaf against a small banana leaf print background and was inspired by a trip to Aburi Botanical Gardens in Ghana. The collaboration is part of Swoon Edition’s Designer Editions feature, which pairs one of their coveted furniture designs with talented textile designers. A new Designer Editions collaboration is unveiled each […]

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Textiles: Take a Trip To Bolé Road

Bolé Road Textiles [Ethiopia] [Image credit: from top left; Indigenous Blooms – Bolé Road Textiles] Over the years of writing my blog I have been privileged to have been given a glimpse into some amazing design brands at the pre-start-up stage; when the brands in question were just concepts taking their first steps into the rewards and challenges of the design journey. And, then seeing them now and just how far they have come is a testament to the creativity, passion, and dedication in seeing their vision through from dream to reality. That is why I am so pleased to finally be able […]

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Accessories: Taisir Gibreel Kaleidoscopic Silk Scarves

Taisir Gibreel [Sudan] [Image credit: Taisir Gibreel – Vermillion Scotch Abstract Silk Scarf – Gallery Q] Taisir Gibreel is a luxury accessories label that celebrates colour, culture, and diversity. The label was founded by Scottish based textile designer, Taisir Gibreel, whose designs are a visual feast of intense kaleidoscopic colour combined with bold striking patterns. Born to a Sudanese father and English mother, Taisir was raised in Sudan, and now resides in Scotland having moved to the country to pursue a degree in textile design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, where she specialised in Print and […]

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Decor: Keteme’s Monochrome Interior Inspiration

Keteme [Ethiopia] [Image credit: Cushions and Textile Collections – Keteme] Keteme is a lifestyle home décor brand that offers an inspirational collection of one-of-a-kind designs handcrafted in Africa, namely Ethiopia. Keteme exudes soothing understated elegance and reveres the exclusivity that comes with handmade luxury. Keteme, meaning ‘urban dweller’ in Amharic, draws inspiration from Africa’s rising cities, exploring the ever-evolving notion of contemporary urban living. The company is a celebration of a continent on the rise and through its thoughtfully sourced and designed collections seeks to take its audience on a journey of transforming their living spaces with beautiful products conceived and made in […]

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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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Decor: Introducing Otago, Sophisticated Design-Led Craft Collections Made in Africa

Otago [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Kipapu Platters & Shanga Ya Ngozi Bottles – Otago] High-quality craftsmanship and artisanal skills lie at the heart of Otago, a UK-based luxury interiors accessories brand that collaborates mainly with artisans in East and Southern Africa, combining their skills with cutting-edge contemporary design aesthetics to produce their sophisticated design-led craft collections.

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Textiles: Eva Sonaike Eko Eclipse Collection

Eva Sonaike [Nigeria] [Image credit: Eko Eclipse Collection – Eva Sonaike] London-based textile and lifestyle brand Eva Sonaike launches Eko Eclipse, their latest collection of textiles and soft furnishings that are based on vibrant African prints. The brand’s creative director, Eva Sonaike herself drew inspiration from the West African metropolis that is Lagos, which was formerly known as Eko and was imbued with the folklore of the symbiotic relationship between the earth, the moon and the traditional Gods of the universe, who brought rain, wind, and thunder to the planet.

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Textiles: Yemi Awosile’s Textile Soundscapes

Yemi Awosile [Nigeria]   Also on display at Africa Utopia was a new body of work by London-based textile designer Yemi Awosile. Inspired by her Nigerian heritage Yemi set out to explore the relationships between sound, textiles and space. Entitled Lagos, the installation saw Yemi design a collection of printed textiles that give a physical form to sound. Incorporating audio components, the textiles make use of a combination of sound conductive and non-conductive materials to present a sound piece by Nigerian sound and video artist Emeka Ogboh Yemi called ‘UnderBridge’. Available to listen on Yemi’s website, the recording was taken from […]

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Design: Yinka Ilori and Laduma Ngxokolo Creative Collaboration

Yinka Ilori and Laduma Ngxokolo Last week’s Africa Utopia provided the opportunity to catch up with what was happening creatively in terms of design from and inspired by Africa. One design in particular that caught my attention was a chair comprising an upcycled frame in a matt silver finish, and knitted upholstery covered with striking geometric patterns, and a woven backrest also in matt silver.   

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Textiles: The Optic Collection by Julie Kouamo

Julie Kouamo [Cameroon] Inspired by the city she now calls home, textile designer Julie Kouamo’s latest collection; entitled Optic pays homage to London’s striking architecture viewed from behind the lens. The exclusive collection of scatter cushions produced in collaboration with Made.com features photographic, digitally printed images highlighting the often-unseen corners of the city. Optic follows on from her first photographic collection, ‘Brooklyn Bridge’.

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Textiles: African Textiles Reimagined

Toghal [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Table Napkins – Toghal] Yesterday I visited Clerkenwell Design Week and spent a few leisurely hours absorbed in the world of cutting-edge contemporary design. There I met Toghal, a new textile brand inspired by Africa’s rich textile heritage. Toghal was started in December 2013 by friends Dayo and Marta. Dayo, who is originally from the Gambia, and Marta, from the Czech Republic, first met whilst both living in Kenya and now both reside in the UK, bringing with them a love for Africa’s traditional design and craft cultures. [Image credit: Kitchen – Toghal] Toghal means ‘to […]

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Textiles: Colourful Cushions, Sustainable Design

Langazela by Africa!Ignite [South Africa] [Image credit: Africa!Ignite, Langezela Cushions – Design Indaba] Bold, colourful geometric patterns are hand embroidered in wool onto recycled maize meal sacks to form a range of cushions by Africa!Ignite. The technique was created by Mma Betina Khumalo, who started embroidering the maize meal sacks as a way of passing time. A highly skilled craftswoman, MmaKhumalo learnt craftwork techniques like beading and embroidery from her mother, and now works closely with her own daughter passing the techniques on. MmaKhumalo works for, Langazela one the craft groups supported by, Africa!Ignite.

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Event: Dar Leone Pop-Up

Dar Leone – Pop-Up [Sierra Leone] [Image credits: Dar Leone Pop Up Shop, Clerkenwell – Atelier Fifty-Five] Yesterday evening I headed to Clerkenwell where stylish interiors brand, Dar Leone was hosting an intimate drinks reception to mark the opening of their week-long pop-up shop. I have previously featured Dar Leone here. Bringing their signature global traveller style to the area, the pop-up opened its doors on Monday 31st March and will run until Sunday 6th April. Plenty of time to pop along to meet Isatu, Dar Leone’s founder, and browse the colourful offerings. 

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Textile: Julie Kouamo Pop Up 

JULIE KOUAMO [Cameroon] [Image credits: Julie Kouamo Pop Up – taken by Tapiwa] Textile and interior accessories designer Julie Kouamo launched her first-ever pop-up store last night in London’s Camden, with a private view. Located at the Camden Collective, the pop up is open to the public from today 2nd October until Sunday 6th October. On display are Julie’s signature collections across a range of soft furnishings, lampshades, wallpaper, wrapping paper, notebooks, and furniture, with products available to purchase or place orders. Throughout the duration of the pop-up, Julie is on hand to discuss her collections and any requirements you may […]

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