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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 African interior design style 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.

[Image credits: top, Mungo cotton Kikoy; centre and bottom,
Baobab Batik Hand-dyed batik cushions – KuDu]
KuDu’s stylish African interior design style home accessories edit sees pure cotton Itawuli bath towels in bold, earthy inspired tones; Ruti loom kikoys, must-haves for your summer wardrobes with their multi-functionality as beach cover-ups, scarves or sarongs; all by South African textile company, Mungo; and the striking designs, light-weight fabrics and refreshing colour palettes from Baobab Batik’s cushion covers hand made and printed in Swaziland. For the kitchen South African artist, Carol Nevin’s handcrafted tea towels, aprons and oven gloves adorned with local flora and fauna patterns will add a pop of summer colour.
[Image credits: Decorative pieces and artefacts, including White Bangle,
White Shell Display necklace, and White Bone Beads 
– KuDu]
Also in the collection is a selection of authentic African artefacts and ornaments chosen to complement the modern home. Decorative cowrie shell beads, bone beads, and vintage Dinka shawls bring the soulful touch of a rich creative heritage. And, especially commissioned by KuDu founder, Thandi Mbali Renaldi, is a selection of wire animal head sculptures, each made from stainless steel wire and individually threaded glass beads. Choose from a Zebra with stripes, a Goat with horns, and in a nod to the brand name a Kudu with its distinctive spiral horns.
[Image credits: Hand-sculpted wire and glass bead Kudu animal heads – KuDu]
These are just a few of the pieces available from KuDu, whose mission is ‘to embrace the beautiful, traditional and modern styles of the African continent’. Visit their online boutique for more products that will bring contemporary African interior design style and creativity to your home and lifestyle this summer.
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[Image credits: All images belong to KuDu. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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