AphroChic African Design Inspired Juju Wallpaper Collection

US-based textile company, AphroChic’s new African design inspired wallpaper collection entitled ‘Juju’. Named for the feathered ceremonial headdress traditionally worn by the royal dancers of Cameroon’s Bamileke Tribe, Juju features a striking organic starburst pattern, reminiscent of the shape of the headdress, which is known as the Juju hat, hence the title of the collection.


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Tucker Robbins Contemporary African Inspired Furniture

Recognisable by the slightly raised pillow at one end, and supported by chunky tapered feet, elegant simplicity defines the iconic hardwood beds of the Senufo, of Côte d’Ivoire. Traditionally used for resting throughout the day, the beds are carved from a single plank giving them a solid and sturdy appearance. Inspired by the traditional African furniture design New York based Tucker Robbins have produced a more contemporary African inspired furniture design version of the bed, which features a recess to insert a mattress and comes in a single size that is ideal as a daybed, and a double. Taking care to retain the simplicity of the bed’s shape, the Tucker Robbins Africa Bed, gives off such a feeling of rest and relaxation that I cannot help but think how suited they would be in a spa. Made from Ebonized Mountain Pine, the Africa bed is available with an optional headboard.
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Modern African Interior Design Inspiration And Craft

Flipping through the latest issue of House & Garden UK (February 2013) I came across a design editorial showcasing modern African design and craft. Co-ordinated by decoration editor, Gaby Deeming, bold bright colours, graphic prints, textures and handicrafts are combined for a modern take on African interior design inspiration. Products used to pull the looks together include leading contemporary African designers and producers; beaded cushions from SoboyeEva Sonaike’s distinctive, signature fabrics in the form of pouffes, cushions, notebooks, upholstered armchairs, as well as lining walls; woven telephone wire bowls in contrasting graphic swirling patterns from Zenzulu; striped black and white beaded animals from Monkeybiz; and an African print umbrella from Babatunde.
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African Home Decor Inspiration Chic Moroccan Glassware

Emerald Fish Moroccan lass and inspired bottle

I have always thought that a sumptuously decorated Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert is so wonderfully mystical and incredibly romantic. Although the complete look may be too much to bring into the home, a few well-chosen items can help capture the spirit of the look, whether it is for a few hours of entertaining or permanently placed. Enter Emerald Fish, a gem of a boutique with inspiring decor that I discovered this morning on Aphro Chic (one of my favourite reads) whose selected African home decor inspiration items from Morocco will add a touch of colourful elegance to your living space. Emerald Fish refers to itself as a ‘global style collective’ and its stylish owner; Heddie Chu sources her chic, sometimes one-of-a-kind pieces from across the globe. The stylish product offerings include home décor, gift items and accessories such as jewellery.
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Gudrun Sjödén Fashion LookBook Inspired By Africa

Gudrun Sjödén - Birds of summer main

While leisurely flipping through the ‘Mail on Sunday’s’ (3rd April 2011) ‘You magazine’ supplement I saw a rather dreamy photoshoot inspired by Africa, advertising the latest ‘Early Summer 2011’ collections from Swedish clothing label Gudrun Sjödén. The backdrop of the editorial drew me before I’d even taken notice of the clothes; I guess such is the power of a comfortingly familiar savannah landscape of over me. Beautifully shot on location in various parts of Botswana, ‘Early Summer’ comprises four core looks that are laidback and easy to wear. Founding the company in 1976 designer, Gudrun Sjödén’s states that nature is her power from which she draws inspiration, combining natural materials with Scandinavian design for her clothing and home furnishing collections. All ranges are sold via Gudrun Sjödén’s own concept stores, catalogues and the online store.
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Bettye Muller African Print Shoes on Anthropologie

Bettye Muller Espadrilles

[Image credit: Bettye Muller]

Just stopped by Anthropolgie online and came across African print shoes, covered platform espadrilles. Called ‘Reaching For Light’ the strappy shoes were designed by New York native Bettye Muller. Whilst the espadrilles are definitely African inspired, the silk print on the clogs, although not explicitly attributed to African print, still reminded me of wax cloth print. It is not the first time Bettye Muller has created African print shoes, followers of African fashion may be familiar with the wooden heeled wedges below from a previous collection a few years back.
Bettye Muller Wedges

[Image credit: Bettye Muller]
…and these equally gorgeous platform clogs with a silk upper depicting crimson leaves called ‘Fiery Foliates Espadrilles’ (it doesn’t say who they are by).
Anthroplogie platform clogs

[Image credit: anthropologie]
…love, love, love!!!

Additional Details:
Price of Reaching For Light espadrilles: £158/€190.00 (Not on US site)
To purchase visit: www.anthropologie.eu

Fiery Foliates Espadrilles: £178/USD$228/€214.00
To purchase visit: UK/Europe – www.anthropologie.eu 
or US – us.anthropologie.com