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Sneak Peek Of Modern African Design In Contemporary Design Africa

Woo hoo, just received advance printed copies of my forthcoming book Contemporary Design Africa!

Nervous anticipation kicked in so it took me a while to get round to opening the package, but when I eventually plucked up the courage I can’t describe how it felt to finally hold in my hands and see months of hard work come together and revealed in the finished product. African design is truly amazing!

So whilst I get acquainted with my copies, here is a sneak peek of what to expect, and would love to know what you think.

Contemporary Design Africa - Inside Page

Contemporary Design Africa - Covers

Contemporary Design Africa offers a refreshing challenge to rigid perceptions of what African design looks like. Focusing primarily on interior decoration, the book presents fifty designers, artisans, and cooperatives based on the continent or part of the diaspora who are creating sophisticated and innovative products and interiors. An introductory section surveys the history, vitality, and diversity in African design, followed by profiles of contemporary designers grouped by craft, from textiles, ceramics, and basketry to furniture, lighting, and beyond. Some of these designers reinterpret traditional methods and styles in beautiful and highly individual ways, such as the award-winning South African organization ZENZULU, which replicates techniques of Zulu master weavers. Sustainability and recycling are another important focus for many: Cheick Diallo, the founder of the African Designers Association, creates stunning furniture made from discarded materials. Others, like Nigerian textile designer Banke Kuku, fuse African and Western styles in colorful, visually dynamic ways. Complete with references for sourcing African products, as well as a glossary and bibliography, Contemporary Design Africa reveals the rich possibilities being explored by a new generation of African designer and creator.
Contemporary Design Africa is published in the UK on the 25th May 2015, but is available for pre-order now on:
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Thames & Hudson USA
Foyles
Barnes & Noble
[Images credits: Contemporary Design Africa – Tapiwa Matsinde]

[Image credits: The image shown belong to: Tapiwa Matsinde. If downloaded and used elsewhere must be credited accordingly]

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