Contemporary African Furniture Design Laduma Ngxokolo x Yinka Ilori

Last week’s Africa Utopia provided the opportunity to catch up with what was happening creatively in terms of design from and inspired by Africa. One design in particular that caught my attention was a chair comprising an upcycled frame in a matt silver finish, and knitted upholstery covered with striking geometric patterns, and a woven backrest also in matt silver. Radiating cool sophistication the piece of contemporary African furniture design was the result of a creative collaboration between British/Nigerian designer, Yinka Ilori and South African knitwear designer, Laduma Ngxokolo. The collaboration was commissioned by and formed part of the Africa Calling contemporary design showcase at Africa Utopia, which has since moved to Design Junction
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Beautifully Engineered Craft Ifeanyi Oganwu Design Indaba Interview

Ifeanyi Oganwu is a young talented architect and designer whom I had the honour of profiling for a Design Indaba interview available on the online platform. Ifeanyi who works in London is the founder of the experimental design studio Expand Design. His furniture designs are attracting attention for their fluid, organic forms. Design Indaba is the South African based platform that drives a better world through creativity with its online platform and annual festival. To find out more about Ifeayni and his work please visit Design Indaba to read the full profile.
[Image credit: Blue Splice – Expand Design]
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Sustainable Design Legacy Of Furniture Designer Baay Xaaly Sene

Cutting, hammering and soldering discarded metals such as train tracks, barrels and wheels, and turning them into elegant, stylish, collectable objects was the trademark of Senegalese artist and furniture designer Baay Xaaly Sene. The furniture designer, who died in October 2004, left behind a body of work that is sought after by discerning collectors for its pops of bright colours and contemporary classic forms that combine art and functionality.
[Image credit: Moscow apartment of Russian designer, Dmitry Velikovsky showing
Baay Xaaly Sene Armchair – Architectural Digest]
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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.]

Architect David Adjaye Furniture Collection For Knoll

‘…unless I truly loved it, there was no point in my doing it’, words that formed part of a pitch for the resulting David Adjaye furniture collection that saw London-based architect David Adjaye turn his hand to furniture design, producing his first collection in collaboration with iconic American furniture and fabric brand, Knoll. Currently celebrating 75 years of pioneering design, to mark the occasion Knoll sought to persuade two of the world’s leading architects; British-Ghanaian David Adjaye, and Dutch-born Rem Koolhaus into taking a brief detour from their usual work of redrawing skylines and taking on a spot of product design. Why the need for persuasion? Both designers had initially expressed no desire to explore ‘designing a range of small-scale domestic objects’. That said, in coming round to the idea, these two collaborations have been deemed Knoll’s most important since a collaboration with renowned Canadian-American architect, Frank Gehry back in 1992.

[Image credits: Washington Corona Bronze Coffee Table – Knoll] 

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Dalia Sadany Contemporary Egyptian Furniture Design

Dalia Sadany is an Egyptian architect and interior designer who creates sophisticated, contemporary spaces for her residential and commercial sector clients. Dalia, provides a full service, design and build solution following the ancient, Master Builder approach to construction, a process which sees the architect retain responsibility for the project from conception to construction to handover. She also specialises in contemporary Egyptian furniture design.
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African Design Roots in Shimmering Sculptural Jewellery

Fluid, sculptural pieces formed out of shimmering gold and silver metals combined with African design are defining characteristics of Algerian designer, Taher Chemirik’s striking jewellery pieces, which include bold, oversized cuffs and giant links that form statement chokers. Hailing from a family of designers, Taher describes his upbringing as ‘unconventional’, and cites his sources of inspiration as being his African roots, Oriental sophistication, modern art, and the antiques he collects in Paris’ famed flea markets; the city he now calls home.
[Image credit: Choker – Taher Chemirik/Artsy]
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African Furniture Design Products Decadent Daybeds

What can be more decadent than spending the day lounging on a daybed or chaise lounge, especially in warm sunny weather? Daybeds/Chaise Longues are my favourite piece of furniture, and when I had my flat I opted for a daybed/chaise longue footstool combo, rather than the traditional three-piece sofa and arm chair set-up; and it proved to be the perfect piece of furniture to unwind after a hard days work. Unfortunately for me, my guests thought so too, and to this day regularly ‘hijack’ my daybed/chaise, not that I am complaining; if I had my way I would fill my home with daybeds! A recent random search for daybeds led me to Odds & Ends in Kenya, who have a range of majestic looking daybeds and other African furniture design products just waiting to be piled high with comfy cushions, or if you are feeling especially indulgent, draped with fabric and placed in the garden to create a private oasis.
[Image credits: Funzi Daybed – Odds & Ends
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