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The launch of luxury tea brand YSWARA’s Johannesburg tearoom has been joined by the opening of one in Accra, Ghana. The YSWARA tearoom and boutique is part of a collaborative space shared with local retailer Luxury Living and Akrafo, YSWARA’S sister brand of gourmet condiment’s, bringing gourmet and interior decor experience to the city’s stylish residents.

 

In contrast to the soothing tones used in the Johannesburg tearoom, this new space exudes a fresh colourful chicness with a zesty palette of intense vibrant blues and lemony yellows. Referencing West Africa’s tropical abundance natural textures such as woven light pendants, jewel-toned velvet upholstery are complemented with the lush greenery of plants dotted around the space. YSWARA’s Ghanaian tearoom was designed by Mia Widlake of Studio19 who designed the Johannesburg tearoom.

 

YSWARA Tearoom in Partnership with Luxury Living Ghana

 

 

YSWARA Tearoom in Partnership with Luxury Living Ghana

 

 

YSWARA Tearoom in Partnership with Luxury Living Ghana

 

The Luxury Living showroom offers local residents a curated shopping experience of carefully sourced furniture and decor accessories from across Africa and the globe.

 

– Tapiwa Matsinde

 

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For further information about the YSWARA tearoom in Ghana visit: www.yswara.com

 

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

 

 

 

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