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Birsel + Seck Award-Winning Furniture And Product Design

Of Senegalese and Martiniquais descent, product designer Bibi Seck was born in Paris and raised in London, Paris and Dakar. In a career which incorporated twelve years spent at Renault designing cars for the French automobile manufacturer including interiors for the compact SUV Scenic I and II, Twingo II; today the innovative designer is based in New York where he established the design firm Birsel + Seck with his partner Ayse Birsel, who was raised in Izmir, Turkey. First and foremost Birsel + Seck are problem solvers who focus on partnering with industry leaders to bring innovative solutions to the market. The […]

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Kubu Zambia Contemporary Solid Wood Furniture Design

[Image credit: Kubu – Design Africa] Kubu is a proudly Zambian business whose aim is to ‘bring timber to life’. The beauty and craftsmanship of woodwork skills in Zambia is celebrated through Kubu’s solid wood furniture design, a furniture manufacturing company based in Livingstone, Zambia that seeks to reinterpret the artistry of traditional wood furniture through the use of contemporary design aesthetics and modern techniques. I just love the look of the sleek, polished lines.

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Ryan Frank Sustainable Furniture Design Referencing Africa

Squishy upholstery on chairs and smooth rounded shapes making up some fun stacking stools form the basis of a range of furniture just begging to be touched and played with. These quirky and innovative designs are from Ryan Frank, a South African designer now residing in London’s trendy and bohemian East End. Having starting his business in 2005 sustainable furniture design is at the core of Ryan’s work. [Image credit: Inkuku Chair – Ryan Frank]

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Hamed Ouattara Fashioning Contemporary Furniture from Discarded Metals

[Image credit: Dogon Chair – Hamed Ouattara] The contemporary art market in Burkina Faso is relatively young and needs nurturing by those who are becoming successful in the field be it, creator or buyer. One such creator doing just that is Hamed Ouattara. The innovative fine artist and furniture designer from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso set up Hamed Design International in 2008 with the intention of promoting visual art from Burkina Faso to an international audience. ‘I create an African design which is consumed by Africans’, a statement that highlights his desire to help people gain a sense of pride in what has […]

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Mabeo Botswana Contemporary African Made Furniture

A firm belief in good design, high quality craftsmanship, the use of sustainable raw materials and people development as the building blocks to success has seen Gabarone-based, Mabeo manufacture furniture for large commercial and hospitality projects throughout Botswana for the last ten years. Producing beautifully crafted contemporary African made furniture, the company founded by Peter Mabeo is now beginning to make its way into the international marketplace. [Image credit: Kika Stools – Mabeo]

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Award Winning Brazilian/Togolese Industrial Designer Kossi Aguessy

You many not be familiar with the name Kossi Aguessy, but many will be familiar with his award winning work in the form of a perfume bottle for Stella McCartney, which just so happens to be one of my favourite perfumes. Born in Lomé, Togo to a mother of African Brazilian descent and a father of Togolese Yoruba descent; and having lived in New York City, London, Brazil, eventually settling in Paris and Rotterdam; Kossi describes himself as a “child of Africa, that pays no attention to the boundaries being then the son of a global education with deep multicultural roots” […]

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Designer Karim Rashid Cutting-Edge Contemporary Design

With over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards to his name and having worked in over 35 countries, product designer  Karim Rashid has been described as one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Half Egyptian and half English, Karim was born in Cairo and raised in England and Canada. In 1993, after studying in Canada and later Italy, Karim opened his design studio in New York City, designing products that span multi-disciplines including: interiors, product, fashion, packaging, identity, art and space. [Image credit: Matrix Sofa System, 2009 – Karim Rashid]

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Sculptural Furniture With South African Design Influences

It all starts with a sketch… that effectively communicates the simplicity and visual aesthetic of furniture designer Sidney Molepo’s stunning creations. The sculptural furniture designs display a sense of beauty through form and function Sidney’s furniture. Sleek, clean lines are executed in hardwoods such as Maple and Walnut, and at times accentuated with splashes of bright colour.  

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South African Decor Mud Studio Earthy Chandeliers

[Image credit: Mud Studio via Bellissimo] I was intrigued by the elements and construction of these rather unique South African decor chandeliers from Mud Studio, based in the Orange Free State. Literally born out of the earth, these majestic chandeliers exuding rustic charm are made up of over 6000 handmade clay beads, drawn from the surrounding South African soil and handcrafted in partnership with artisans from the local communities. Drawing inspiration from the landscape and nature the ceramic beads are wire-wrapped, strung and styled around handmade wire frames.

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Form and Functional Product Design From Kayiwa

[Image credit: Kayiwa] Based in Helsinki, Finland innovative product designer Lincoln Kayiwa was born into an architectural family in Kampala, Uganda. Constantly seeking out solutions to everyday problems and the betterment of existing products Lincoln launched his company, Kayiwa in 2007, displaying a clean and simple aesthetic approach to his designs, whilst keeping in mind the need for functionality.

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Moroso Binta Chairs Inspired By African Furniture Design

  [Image source: via Dezeen] Feeling inspired by Moroso’s modern African furniture design collection. These have to be some of the cutest chairs I have seen and a testament to the timeless appeal of wax cloth. Designed by Swiss designer Philippe Bestenheider for the Italian furniture company,Moroso, I first saw these chairs last year, 2009 and a year later they still look good.

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Cheick Diallo’s Elegant Innovative African Furniture Designs

[Image credits: Diallo Design] Cheick Diallo the innovative furniture designer behind Diallo Design studied Architecture in France and whilst there discovered his love for furniture design. One of Africa’s leaders in innovate product and furniture design Diallo aims to bring a cosmopolitan view to contemporary African furniture design by creating a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern sensuality.

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