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Mid-Century Modern meets African print and traditional textiles in the furniture and interior accessories collections by Workshop Nairobi. A social enterprise based in Kenya’s bustling capital city Workshop Nairobi was founded in 2015 with a mission to contribute to the country’s furniture industry by connecting local artisans and furniture manufacturers and giving them the means to design, develop and craft their products.

Workshop Nairobi Stalled bench with African print fabric cushions

The organisation provides: skills training through workshops and seminars, access to the necessary tools and equipment to produce the products, business development opportunities and connections to new markets. Workshop Nairobi is keen to nurture new talent and also fosters partnerships that encourage innovative design-thinking to help grow and develop the local product design industry.

Workshop Nairobi Mud cloth covered stool

Sustainability is a key feature of the production process and the products produced through Workshop Nairobi are handcrafted from locally sourced materials, including reclaimed wood. the furniture forms feature clean contemporary lines many inspired by a classic mid-century modern aesthetic. The furniture is upholstered with African fabrics such as brightly coloured and patterned wax cloth, as well as textiles from Africa’s classical textile heritage including the distinctive designs of Kuba and Mud cloth.

The Workshop Nairobi collections also feature lampstands and lampshades, cushions, and tabletop accessories like tea light holders and cheese boards. Helping to improve the quality and availability of well made in Kenya furniture and interior accessories Workshop Nairobi offers its products for sale locally, export and online. 

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For further information about Workshop Nairobi: www.workshopnairobi.com

– Tapiwa Matsinde

[Image credits: The images shown belong to Workshop Nairobi. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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