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Win A Copy Of Contemporary Design Africa [Competition Now Closed]


To celebrate the publication of Contemporary Design Africa, I have a signed copy to give away to ONE lucky Atelier Fifty-Five reader.

To enter, all you need to do is:

1.   Correctly answer the question below.
2.    Fill in your name and contact details.
3.    Then like our Facebook page when prompted.

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED: The competition runs from Monday 13th July 2015 and ends midnight (GMT) Friday 24th July 2015. Entries submitted after this time will not be counted. The winner will be notified, followed by an announcement in due course made on the blog.

Good luck!


Contemporary Design Africa is a book on African design that celebrates the contemporary! It is packed with works that show how the continent’s rich array of craft traditions are being preserved and revived with an exciting contemporary twist. Sections on furniture, textiles, ceramics, basketry and lighting bring together the work of approximately 51 respected designers, makers and organizations based on the African continent or part of the diaspora. Celebrating the wider changes occurring across Africa, the designers and crafters included have been chosen for their innovative approach to creating sophisticated products.

QUESTION: Approximately how many designers, makers and organizations are profiled in Contemporary Design Africa? (Hint: answer in the book description above)


Competition Rules:
  1. The competition closes at midnight on Friday 24th July 2015
  2. The winner will be chosen at the sole discretion of Atelier Fifty-Five using selection software. The decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  3. The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.
  4. Atelier Fifty-Five will not be held responsible for disputes in connection with the competition prize, or for any loss, damage or injury that may be suffered or incurred by the prize-winner.
  5. Atelier Fifty-Five reserves the right to cancel, modify or amend the competition at any time if deemed necessary.
  6. The winner will not be eligible for the prize three months after winning.
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  • Eight years ago I started a blog as a place to document the interesting things I was discovering with regards to the design and creativity emerging from Africa. From the moment I created my first blog post little did I know where the journey would take me. Fast-forward to present day I have not only been privileged to witness the development of an industry, but to also have an active role in creating awareness about it.

On this journey, I have seen Africa’s design industry grow from a handful of names from a handful countries to a continent wide-reach. Some names that were just starting out have become internationally respected leaders in their field, whilst behind them, a new generation of names are coming up and claiming their place in the industry.

To say that it is an exciting time for African design and creativity would be a gross understatement! We are in a time of rapid advancement and unbridled creative expression, that is setting the foundations and standards for future generations to build on. And like many other emerging industries in Africa, creativity is opening up opportunities to those who are willing to seize them. And seizing them designers are!

And as Atelier Fifty Five begins a new chapter it is an opportunity for me to renew my commitment to supporting the development of the African design industry and helping those I work with and write about, and work with to fulfill their potential for creating world-class brands. 
I invite you to visit our website to discover more. [Link in bio]

Tapiwa, Founder Atelier Fifty Five
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  • Gifted hands. A glimpse behind the scenes of Kaross a South African based embroidery initiative, whose artisans transform furnishings into works of art. [📷 credit: Kaross]
  • Tools of the trade, a hand carved printing block stamp by textile designer @juliekouamo whose evocative designs tell the stories of cultures past and present. Julie's textiles feature richly layered patterns, textures and printed pictures that come together to create vibrant collages. [📷 credit: @tapiwamatsinde]
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