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Trunks, Chests, Boxes And Reflecting On Two Years Of Blogging

Storage trunks will always remind me of school. Although I was not a boarder the beginning and end of term would always bring the flurry of activity associated with arrivals and departures, and signalling a beginning or an end. Large storage trunks and chests, whether shiny and new, or battered and bruised, and filled with the owners belongings would be stacked to one side awaiting to be taken away and unpacked of their practical items and treasured memories.

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Urban Africa Beaded Tableware African Home Accessories

The humble stainless steel teaspoon is given a twist with the addition of colourful glass seed beads tightly wrapped around the handle with non-toxic silver wire. The teaspoons are part of a range of African home accessories and beaded cutlery from UK -based retailer, Urban Africa, and come as a set of four, available in five colour combinations. Other items to choose from include stainless steel cake forks; silver plated cake slice lifters and napkin rings; and tiny glass salt and pepper shakers; all of which are complemented with a range of styles that include full beading, double strand or straight line […]

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Adriana Hoyos Contemporary African Inspired Furniture Collection

The majestic Serengeti Plains were the basis for a contemporary African inspired furniture range by US-based designer Adriana Hoyos. Using rich hardwood grains available in a selection of finishes, the aptly titled Africa Collection features the distinctive markings of the giraffe moulded in a striking cutout pattern that is used in chair backrests, headboards, sideboards and table bases. The patterns are accentuated with upholstery materials like leather in neutral or contrasting shades.

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African Interior Accessories Moroccan Kilim Textiles

Doing some research for a client I keeping spotting beautifully textured cushions made with Moroccan Kilim fabrics. Kilim fabrics are traditionally hand-woven to create carpets and rugs and have now been used to produce smaller items such as cushions and bags.  [Image credit: Kelim Cushions – Plümo]

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Digital by Design Interactive Sessions At The V&A

It has proved to be an exceptionally busy week, and I have been spending quite a bit of time either moderating, or thinking about issues surround creativity for Visible by Design’s Digital by Design sessions running simultaneously at the V&A’s Sackler Centre, the hub for the London Design Festival, and online. We have had attendees logging on from Kenya and Hungary and the sessions are open to anyone whether you are a creative or not, Wednesday session was joined by a medical student who brought her insight into how she uses creativity to the discussion.

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Savannah Chic Contemporary Jewellery Made In Africa

We may be entering Autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere, but you can still hold onto the summer feeling with Savannah Chic’s range of contemporary jewellery made in Africa, including some vibrant bracelets from the company’s ‘Summer Love’ collection, which sees colourful Kikoy’s woven into necklaces and bracelets that conjure up the carefree spirit of Summer. [Image credit: Kikoy Bracelets – Savannah Chic]

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Vision for Africa And Ugandan Ceramics Pottery School

[Image credits: Ugandan Ceramics Pottery School] Closely aligned with Vision for Africa International, and Austrian based Christian organisation; Ugandan Ceramics is a pottery school based near Kampala, Uganda. Offering training in the various methods of ceramics production, the students who attend the school are given the opportunity to study with artists from Uganda and Europe, amongst them are former students who have gone on to become instructors themselves.

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India Hicks Indigo Dyed Linens For African Decor Inspiration

Just spotted these indigo dyed napkins currently retailing on the India Hick’s website. Whilst I cannot say if they were actually inspired by African indigo’s (they could just as easily be Japanese Shibori), I am instantly reminded of the centuries old dyeing tradition that can be attributed to countries like Mali and Nigeria. Made with linen, the napkins come as a set of four each; with its own individual pattern. The napkins are a great accessory for those looking to add some African decor inspiration to their table settings. [Image credit: Indigo Napkin Set – India Hicks]  

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V&A Museum Visible by Design Inspirational Women Designers

The sports have finished and now London turns its attention to celebrating design when the annual London Design Festival kicks of with a series of events running from 14th September-23 September 2012. This year the event is marking ten years of celebrating design, and fittingly the central hub will be based at the dynamic V&A Museum, home to the award-winning Sackler Centre, whose space will see inspirational women designers coming together to discuss the creative process through a combined series of: design workshops in the Design Lab in partnership with (Global Color Research), interactive sessions in Digital by Design and inspirational talks in the […]

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Ardmore Modern Day Collectible South African Ceramics

Ardmore is an award-winning ceramics studio creating collectible South African ceramics products that are distinctive, colourful, whimsical and full of character. Ardmore’s ceramics call to mind the tradition of detailed porcelain and pottery artworks seen throughout the ages, particularly in Chinese and Japanese culture, and in recognition of the studio’s high level of creativity and craftsmanship have been labelled ‘modern day collectibles’ by Christie’s, one of the world’s most prestigious fine art auction houses. Located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Ardmore was founded over twenty-five years ago by fine artist, Fée Halsted; who began mentoring Bonnie Ntshalintshali and five years after they […]

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