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African Design At London Design Biennale 2016

International design season continues, yesterday I attended the press preview of the inaugural London Design Biennale which is being held at London’s prestigious Somerset House from today the 7th-27th September. The Biennale bringing together work and conceptual ideas from 37 nations exploring the theme Utopia, which coincides with Somerset House’s UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, which marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s text, Utopia – a work of fiction and political philosophy that More published in 1516 in Latin and primarily depicts a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs. Representing […]

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Decor: Tinja Reinterpreting Classical Tunisian Crafts To Create A Handcrafted Modern Aesthetic

Handcrafted modern is the philosophy of Tinja, an interior design concept developed by a family passionate about the heritage of their Tunisian craft. Tinja was founded by Salah Sfar, who wanted to find a way to reinterpret and preserve Tunisia’s handicraft traditions and those of other cultures that have had an impact, by creating a new contemporary vision developing products that would reflect the techniques, and time and care that had gone into making them.   [Main image credit: Fokhar collection, Large Yellow Tray – Tinja]

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Travel: Dar HI – Eco-Lodge and Spa

Dar HI – Eco-Lodge and Spa [Tunisia]   [Image credit: Dar HI, Tunisia – Welcome Beyond] In south Tunisia, one will find the historic town of Nefta, an area famed for its natural geological diversity, including thousands of date producing palm trees. The town is located between sand dunes and the salty plains of Chott el-Djerid, a setting film fans may be familiar with, as the Nefta Desert was the location for Star Wars and the English Patient. Nefta is also home to the Dar HI, an ambitious luxury eco-Lodge and Spa development dedicated to ecological research and discovery, whilst nurturing […]

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Interiors: Fashion Designer Azzedine Alaïa’s Parisian Loft

Azzedine Alaïa [Tunisia] [Image credits: Azzedine Alaïa Apartment Interior – Alexandre & Emilie, Persona Production via Yatzer] I recently came across a feature into the interior style of Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, who converted a 300 square metre loft in a traditional 17th-century building into three separate apartments. Located in Rue de Moussy, Marais, one of Paris’ most exclusive districts, Azzedine wanted to create a boutique hotel feel giving guests to his home a taste of his style and appreciation for art and design, as well as a feel for Parisian life from his point of view. The apartments are also located close to […]

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Fashion: Azzedine Alaïa Returns to the Catwalk for Autumn/Winter 2011

Azzedine Alaïa [Tunisia]   A mild autumn has kept the need for piling on the layers at bay, and after several weeks of toying with us the cold gray weather has finally decided to descend. Sunday brought with it a definite chill in the air coupled with grey overcast skies that couldn’t help but signal the arrival of the autumn I have become accustomed to; a development noticed by everyone I spoke to! For those, who like me, have been resisting for as long as we possibly could, alas it’s time to pull out the chunky scarves, gloves, and winter […]

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Design: North African Punched Metal Light Pendants

Dido Designs [Tunisia]     [Image credit: Drum Lampshade – Dido Designs] Flick a switch and watch as light spills through countless tiny holes, each painstakingly punched by hand using a hammer and a punch. This is a method of traditional punctured metal work that has been used in North Africa for thousands of years, and one that makes up the beautiful lighting products from Dido Designs. Working from a 300 year-old factory in Tunisia, designer Caroline Mansouri creates a stunning range of contemporary handcrafted lighting, handcrafted by artisans highly skilled in the intricate metal work method. The lighting is crafted in […]

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Decor: Tunisian Ceramics

Tunisian Ceramics [Tunisia]     [Image credit: Greater Good] Having tried my hand at pottery many years ago as part of my fine arts module and being absolutely rubbish at it – they always exploded in the kiln!!! – I have a deep admiration for artisans who can produce the most exquisite and beautifully decorated pieces. Not too long ago I came across these really pretty Tunisian coffee cups on the Greater Good Network, and loved the intricate patterns and vibrant colours. However, if visiting Tunisia yourself you will find similar ceramics in abundance in the markets allowing you to mix […]

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