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HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates

  HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates is an award-winning architectural practice based in Yaounde, Cameroon. The practice was founded by Hermann Kamte, a rising star in architecture who seeks to bring a new dynamic to African architecture and introducing it to the international community. HKA is defining future living as it explores sustainable architecture with social impact, devising solutions that enable people and communities to live without negatively impacting their environment. An issue that is of increasing global concern.

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BEAUTIFUL: Portraits of Black Beauty By Mario Epanya

If you are follower of African fashion, style and beauty, then you are probably familiar with the images of Paris-based photographer Mario Epanya. The Mario Epanya who divided online opinion with his super-stylish series of fictional Vogue Africa covers, a concept that was turned down by Condé Nast giving rise to the debate of whether or not Africa needed Vogue. Fast forward seven years and the Cameroonian-born photographer is once again setting the digital world alight this time with his debut book BEAUTIFUL: Portraits of Black Beauty. And what a treat it is.

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Support Textile Brand Kouamo To Kickstarter Success

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 collections include Bangou, which incorporates motifs and […]

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Swoon Editions x Julie Kouamo African Inspired Textiles Collaboration

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 African inspired textiles, Nkunti. [Main image credit: Juliette Bench in Nkunti Fabric, Julie Kouamo for Swoon Editions]

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Modern Textiles The Optic Collection by Kouamo For Made

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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African Inspired Textiles At Julie Kouamo London Pop Up 

[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 African inspired textiles 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 […]

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Julie Kouamo Evocative African Inspired Textile Prints

Julie Kouamo is a French/Cameroonian print textile designer whose bold, evocative fabric and wallpaper designs feature multi-layered patterns, textures and images in a collage like effect. Establishing her eponymous label, Juli launched her debut collection in 2008 creating a stylish, contemporary collection of colourful African inspired textiles with a multitude uses, from; sofa coverings, curtains, cushions, hanging panels more. The fabric designs are complemented by a range of wallpaper. Produced in the UK where Julie is based, all fabrics are hand printed and some hand dyed.

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Traditional African Art Vintage Yoruba Beaded Chairs

Shabby Chic® refers to objects that have made it through the years, passed through from generation to generation and despite looking a little worn round the edges, exude a familiar comforting feeling cloaked with an air of faded grandeur and elegance but are still well-loved, appreciated for where they have come from and the stories they tell, this is often seen with family heirlooms as well as newer items that have purposely been distressed to achieve the look and feel. Shabby Chic® originated in the 1980s when British designer Rachel Ashwell, used the words to describe her brand of style and interior […]

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SafariFusion Juju Hat Bamileke Feather Headdresses

I love Sunflowers; they’re so big bright and happy and was instantly reminded of them when I saw the strikingly colourful Bamileke Feather Headdresses currently available at Australian-based store Safari Fusion. Creating a strong focal point and bringing a burst of colour to virtually any room, these ceremonial headdresses come from Cameroon and are also known as Tyn or Juju hats. [Image credit: Safari Fusion]

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Pyromaniac By mp Modern African Inspired Fashion

The legendary unpredictability of the British weather calls for the need to be prepared at all times when venturing outdoors and gives rise to a spring/summer staple; the trench coat, a wardrobe must-have in classic beige but mix it up with some colourful options for head turning style. Fusing timelessness with modern African inspired fashion glamour designed to give a flattering chic silhouette, Pyromaniac by mp have a couple of bold, graphic print knee length trench’s that would look good whether dressed up or down. [Image credits: Kay Trench Coat – Pryromaniac bby mp]

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