Atelier Fifty Five Turns 7 As African Design Enters A New Era


Today marks seven years of blogging! Seven years ago today I made a career shift and started a blog with vague ideas of what I wanted to do as a career, and no real idea of how I was going to get there. From the moment I created my first blog post to now when I have not only been privileged to witness the development of an industry -part of what I collectively refer to as the ‘golden age’ of contemporary African creativity- but to also create a career alongside it. The journey to this point has been a long one.

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Remembering Kossi Aguessy, A Visionary Designer and Artist


It is with great shock and sadness that I learned about the death of the designer and artist Kossi Aguessy on 17th April 2017 on what was his 40th birthday. Having first discovered and featured his work on the website in 2011, I later had the privilege of interviewing him for a Design Indaba profile. The exchange was both fascinating and insightful as he shared his hopes and visions for future projects.

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Farewell to Contemporary African Furniture Designer Babacar Niang

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned an exhibition opening on the 24th March in New York that would feature the work of Senegalese furniture designer Babacar Niang, amongst others. It is therefore with great sadness and shock that I just learnt of Babacar’s passing on the 25th March 2015. The contemporary African furniture designer, working through his studio Nulangee, possessed a unique design vision that brought forth sublime designs infused with his trademark lifelike qualities. A great talent, Babacar’s passing leaves a void in Africa’s burgeoning design industry, one that will be keenly felt.
May you rest in peace Babacar.
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Atelier Fifty-Five is Four

Today marks four years of blogging, didn’t think I would last this long, but what an incredible journey it has been. Atelier Fifty-Five has, and continues to be a great source of inspiration for me… and although over the past year or so I haven’t posted as much as I would have liked it has been with good reason. Over the coming weeks I am looking forward to sharing some exciting news on where the blog has led me, best summed up by my favourite African proverb in the image above.
..and as ever my heartfelt thanks go out to all who have stopped by to read, and have emailed words of encouragement, I greatly appreciate it.

New Year And New Inspirations Exploring Creative Africa

As 2014 gets under way, it brings with it the promise of another great year for creative Africa in design, music, fashion, art and all round creative inspiration. 2014 sees Cape Town, South Africa take on the mantle of World Design Capital, bringing with it a whole host of events; and late 2013 saw Brazzaville, Republic of Congo elected a UNESCO Creative City, designated the ‘City of Music’, and in doing so becomes the first African member of the Creative Cities Network launched by Unesco in 2004.
[Image credit: Africa is Now – The Design Indaba Expo]
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Introducing New Look African Design And Lifestyle Blog Atelier Fifty-Five

After a few hiccups and blips in getting things sorted, African Daydreams has now changed into Atelier Fifty-Five still featuring the same African design, lifestyle and interior design inspiration as before. For updating any bookmarks and links, the new URL is now I have tried to make the transition as seamless as possible, so the previous URL: will be redirecting to the new one until the New Year.

Atelier Fifty-Five New Year Wishes To All

New Year, New Start
The New Year is well under way, and how busy it has been already. I hope it has been a good start for you all.
Last year was a period of reflection and growth for me as I took the steps of turning daydreams into reality, and some of the projects I have been working on are finally beginning to see the light day, a development, which towards the latter half of the year took me away from posting as frequently as I would liked to have done. Not complaining though, and as the year progresses I have my fingers-crossed that my projects begin to bear fruit… and I hope too, that your dreams come true for the year ahead, and that you will continue to join me on the journey of exploring and discovering the delights of contemporary design and creativity from, and inspired by Africa.

Christmas Wishes From Atelier Fifty-Five

[Image credit: Glittering Angel Christmas Card – Kipepeo]
What a busy year it has been, and with the Christmas holidays just around the corner, once again I find myself mentally shutting down. I will not be posting between now and the New Year, so would like to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. I hope the holidays will be a time of joy and togetherness for you and your loved ones, and may 2013 shower you with blessings of good health, happiness, success and seeing your dreams come true.

Until the New Year, take care!