Modern Islamic and North African Interior Design Inspiration

Visiting 100% Design in early autumn I came across Mica, a gallery and interiors design company that specialises in modern Islamic and North African interior design and contemporary arts. Based in the UK Mica was founded in 2009 by Reedah El-Saie. At 100% Design, and also Decorex, Reedah launched Mica’s debut contemporary Islamic home interiors collection entitled ‘MICA Zen’. The collection is rooted in traditional Islamic art & architecture and centres on the point of infinity, embodying the principles of beauty and balance. Reedah sought to fuse Eastern holistic designs with Western creativity to create a stylish collection of Islamic and North African interior design that addresses the needs of modern day living.
[Main mage credit: Mica Zen Interiors Collection – Mica]
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AphroChic Home Decor Book Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul

AphroChic - Remix Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul

Earlier this month, the beautifully illustrated AphroChic home decor book, Remix: Decorating with the Culture, Objects and Soul was launched by bloggers Jeanine Hays and Bryan the bloggers behind the chic interiors blog, AphroChic. Remix is beautifully illustrated, filled with inspiration and tips on how to tastefully infuse culture into modern design aesthetics, and avoiding the cliches that end to come with creating culturally inspired spaces. Indeed, the couple have long been championing cultural diversity in design through their blog, and textiles company. Drawing inspiration from global cultures from France, to India to Africa and beyond, the couple believe that design should be a personal reflection of who you are, telling they story of your personal style and heritage, an ethos that comes across in the AphroChic home decor book. The photographs were taken by Patrick Cline, co-founder of Lonny magazine.
[Image credit: Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul
by Jeanine Hays and Brian Mason –]
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South African Interior Design Truth Coffee’s Steampunk Inspired HQ

Haldane Martin - Truth Coffee Interior
[Image credit: Truth Coffee Interior – Haldane Martin]
The Steampunk aesthetic of science fiction with a dose of fantasy, and inspired by 19th-century Victorian industrial steam-powered machinery combined technology is proving an increasingly popular lifestyle culture, applied to everything from fashion to interiors. One such interior is that of Truth Coffee, a Cape Town-based café, coffee shop and dive bar whose fantastical interior transports you to the industrial workhouses of the Victorian era. Founded on an ethos of serving proper, fresh home-roasted coffee the team behind Truth Coffee sought a look and feel that would designer embody their philosophy, and collaborated with South African interior design and furniture brand Haldane Martin to achieve their vision. The result was turning their three-storey ageing warehouse into a Steampunk themed interior.
Full of exposed metal pipes, leather, raw steel surfaces, glass, authentic vintage fixtures and reclaimed timber and materials; and centred around a fully functioning vintage roaster, the Truth Coffee interior embodies the eccentricity of the Steampunk aesthetic. The theme is carried throughout the building from exposed copper pipes, Victorian tap levers, pull chains and floor tiles, spun brass basins, and brass shaving mirrors in the restrooms to vintage steel stools and old worn school desks placed on the sidewalk. And completing the effect specially designed Steampunk uniforms and hats are worn by the staff.
[Image credits: Truth Coffee Interior Details – Haldane Martin]
In addition to designing the interior Haldane Martin also designed the furniture from high-backed leather-clad banquettes and overstuffed chairs to steel profile cut tables. Encouraging customer engagement with the space Haldane also created café tabletops with cog teeth along the edges that allow customers to slot tables together to create larger ones as needed.
[Image credit: Truth Coffee Entrance – Haldane Martin]
Truth Coffee was named ‘the world’s best coffee shop’ by MSN Travel in 2013.
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[Image credits: All images belong to Haldane Martin. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

African Interior Design Inspiration A Minimalist Home in South Africa

African interior design ideas - Minimalist White Home South Africa

When I first came across the idyllic image of the open doors of this house on Pinterest, I spent ages trying to track down images of the rest of it to no avail; however the house has found me after an unrelated search. Marrying modern minimalism with traditional style, this airy open plan home situated in South Africa makes for a cooling; relaxing retreat in gloriously, hot summer days and offers up some wonderful African interior design inspiration and ideas.
[Main image source: Minimalist House, South Africa – Home Trend Design]
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DO.II Interior Design Modern African Interior Design Style

Ifeyinwa Ighodalo creates bespoke high-end innovative, yet timeless interior design solutions that showcase a contemporary African interior design style aesthetic, Ifeyinwa is a Nigerian interior design industry and furniture manufacturing professional with over twenty-five years in the business. Believing ‘that a home should elicit excitement, joy and pleasure as you come home to it and live in it’ Ifeyinwa founded the company DO.II Designs, with aim of bringing her creative expertise to a range of discerning clients within the country. DO.II Designs works in four key areas encompassing interior design, furniture manufacturing, space planning and remodelling.

[Image credits: Orange Place – DO.II Designs]

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Nando’s Interior Design Bustling South African Market Vibe

Nando’s flame-grilled Portuguese/Mozambican style chicken, is a favourite in my household, not just for the taste, but also because of the familiarity the brand brings in transporting us back home for a little while. The South African based restaurant chain opened up in Zimbabwe the early nineties, so being able to pop into one in the UK is always a welcome reminder. Nando’s was founded in South Africa in 1987, and now has restaurants in over thirty countries, including over 250 restaurants in the UK alone.
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Moroccan Embraces African Interior Design Inspiration

The Moroccan home of UK fashion designer, Liza Bruce and her artist husband Nicholas Alvis Vega, featured in Elle Decor, is a feast for the eyes; a place where pattern, detail and colour abound. Liza, who made her name designing swimwear in the 1980s, began her travels to Morocco in 2003 sourcing material for her collections, and after several trips to the country sought to establish a base. A trip to the Ourika Valley, a riverside region situated south of Marrakech in the foothills of the Atlas mountains revealed an abandoned, half-built riad in a Berber market village where she has developed a local and wider African interior design inspiration. Working with highly-skilled Moroccan artisans, who included stained glass window and tile artists, woodworkers and plasterers, the couple rebuilt the shell to suit their vision and requirements. The remodelling of the building was inspired by the geometry of Islamic patterns and Swahili design, a nod to Kenya where her husband grew up.
[Image credit: Liza Bruce Moroccon Home – Elle Decor/Simon Upton]
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Singita Mara River Tented Camp Afro Chic Interior Design

Singita - Mara River Tented Camp - Lounge

Luxury game reserve specialist, Singita introduce a new camp to their safari camp and lodges portfolio. The Singita Mara River Tented camp in Tanzania is located in the remote Lamai Triangle region, the northern most tip of the Serengeti National Park. In keeping with the laidback luxury style of their other properties in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, (see the Singita Pamushana Lodge featured here), preview pictures of the new camp reveal a refreshing, modern take on the safari chic aesthetic by channeling a modern Afro chic interior design.
[Image credit/source: Mara Tented River Camp – Singita]
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African Print And Afro Chic Interior Design Inspiration

An explosion of clashing colour and pattern characterises an idyllic holiday home in Senegal that I came across on the blog, Africa Moto. Located in the popular resort town of Saly, simple outdoor living is the order of the day conveyed in a mix of local, regional and Parisian influences that offer up Afro Chic interior design inspiration. A striking feature of the house is how it is decorated with African print.
[Image credits: Senegalese Holiday home – Elle Decoration France/M P Morel]
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Contemporary Beach House South African Interior Design

Inspired by nature, a beach house in South Africa is unique and stylish in its simplicity. The exterior of the building was what caught my attention as the finished appearance is quite unusual. Designed to have low impact on its surroundings, the building features cladding and shutters made from the wood of eucalyptus trees that have been bound together and hand twisted with brass wire. The interior is a showcase of contemporary South African interior design inspiration.
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