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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 Sustainable Contemporary African Furniture Design

The contemporary design and 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 who creates sustainable contemporary African furniture design products. 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. [Image credit: Dogon Chair – Hamed Ouattara]

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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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  • Preserving traditional skills the Kayla cushion by Frida 54 highlights the art of Tritik, a process of knotting and sewing that results in a variety of symmetric patterns. Handwoven with 100% cotton from the cotton mills of northern Cameroon the textiles are dyed with handmade dyes using ancestral techniques. [📷 credit: @frida_54 ]
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  • Infuse your interior style with the colourful elegance of African beaded necklaces courtesy of The African Woven Necklace light shade by @moderngesture. The design features graduating circular hoops each hand wrapped with colourful woven thread bands. Handcrafted in Cape Town, South Africa by designer Candice Lawrence, the lighting is available in the  Atelier Fifty Five shop. [📷 credit: @atelierfiftyfive]
  • 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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