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Africa Design Award Celebrating Contemporary Design in Africa

The inaugural Africa Design Award prize ceremony was held on the 25th May in Libreville, Gabon, as part of the prestigious New York Forum Africa 2014 event. Founded by award-winning Moroccan creator, designer and architect Hicham Lahlou, the Africa Design Award is a visionary initiative to celebrate and fly the flag for contemporary design and innovation across the Continent in all its forms. [Image credit: Africa Design Award Logo – Africa Design Award]

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Contemporary African Architecture Designs For Growing African Cities

With the world’s attention on the schoolgirl abductions in Chibok, Nigeria, the right for all to an education has once again been brought to the forefront of global consciousness. It was therefore quite touching to see the Makoko Floating School Project, designed by Architect, Design and Urbanism practice, NLÉ, nominated for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Award 2014 in the architecture category. Although it did not win, the Makoko Floating School Project has been heralded as one of the standout projects from the list of nominees, a reflection of NLÉs commitment to providing contemporary African architecture design solutions that respond […]

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Toghal African Textiles Reimagined For Home Decor Accessories

Yesterday I visited Clerkenwell Design Week, and spent a few leisurely hours absorbed in the world of cutting-edge contemporary design and decor. There I met Toghal, a new textile brand inspired by African textiles drawing on the continent’s rich textile heritage. Toghal was started in December 2013 by friends Dayo and Marta. Dayo, who is originally from the Gambia, and Marta, from the Czech Republic, first met whilst both living in Kenya and now both reside in the UK, bringing with them a love for African textile’s and the continent’s traditional design and craft cultures. [Image credit: Table Napkins – Toghal]

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Stylish Heels MO SAÏQUE Luxury Handcrafted Footwear

Afua Dabanka is a woman after my own heart, she just loves her some shoes, with the difference being that whilst I just drool over whatever fabulousness comes my way, she gets to design and make them under her luxury handcrafted footwear label MO SAÏQUE. A banker turned footwear designer, Afua was born in Germany to Ghanaian parents and now resides in London, where MO SAÏQUE is based. [Images Credits: Hakuun, Miami Beat Collection – MO SAÏQUE]

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Shea Mooti Organic Baby Skin Care Products

[Image credit: Pampered Baby Sleep Kit, Gift Set – Shea Mooti] Based in London, Shea Mooti founder and former nurse, Violet Reid started making her own baby skin care products to treat the dry eczema-prone skin of her newborn son. Having found that baby skin care products, even if labeled natural and organic, often made her son’s skin condition worse, and Violet realised that the only way to ensure the products she used were pure was to make them herself. Violet enrolled in a natural soap-making course in 2007, where she learnt about the effects of certain ingredients; and more […]

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South African Textiles Colourful Cushions Sustainable Design

Bold, colourful geometric patterns are hand embroidered in wool onto recycled maize meal sacks to form a range of modern South African textiles in the form of cushions by Africa!Ignite. The technique was created by Mma Betina Khumalo, who started embroidering the maize meal sacks as a way of passing time. A highly skilled craftswoman, MmaKhumalo learnt craftwork techniques like beading and embroidery from her mother, and now works closely with her own daughter passing the techniques on. [Image credit: Africa!Ignite, Langezela Cushions – Design Indaba]

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Ocean Sole Recycled Animal Sculptures From Flipflops

A summer staple rubber flip flops are more often than not cheap, cheerful and therefore readily disposable. In East Africa thousands of discarded flip flops are washed up onto the beaches, littering the beautiful coastline, and as a result have a detrimental effect on the local wildlife, eco systems and eventually people, as toxins from the harmful plastics make their way into water systems, and bits of plastic get eaten by sea creatures such as turtles. This promoted Ocean Sole to do something about it. [Main image Credit: Ocean Sole Giraffe Sculptures – Danny Seo/Lonny]

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