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Collaboration is a powerful thing, the meeting of ideas to create new ones and at times offering up unexpected viewpoints. Collaboration offers those involved a chance to learn, pick up new skills and show off each other’s skills at their best. And in this spirit I have rounded up seven inspiring modern African design collaborations that have come together over the years:

Laduma Ngxokolo x Yinka Ilori

South African knitwear designer, Laduma Ngxokolo, and British/Nigerian furniture designer Yinka Ilori teamed up to create a chair for the Africa Calling exhibition during London’s annual Africa Utopia festival. The Eyin Collection as it was named saw an upcycled chair framed painted silver feature a patterned knitted upholstered seat.

British Nigerian Furniture Designer Yinka Ilori South African Textile Knitwear Designer Laduma Ngxokolo

Aboubakar Fofana x Katherine Glenday

The intensity of deep rich indigo meets the delicateness of fine pure white ceramics in this collaboration between indigo dye master Aboubakar Fofanafrom Mali and South African ceramicist Katherine Glenday.

Aboubakar Fofana Mali Indigo Textiles Katherine Glenday South Africa Ceramic Artist

Lulu Kitololo x Sandstorm Kenya

Lulu Kitololois a graphic designer who cites Africa and nature as two of her greatest sources of inspiration based in Kenya she teamed up with local bag manufacturer Sandstorm Kenyato produce a limited edition collection of tote bags featuring her distinctive illustrations.

Red bag with Cacti design by illustrator Lulu Kitololo in collaboration with Sandstorm Kenya
Red bag with Sun Worshipper design by illustrator Lulu Kitololo in collaboration with Sandstorm Kenya

Ituen Basi x Victor Ehikhamenor

The graphic art of Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenoris turned into striking textiles for fashion designer Ituen Basi’srunway collection.

fashion designer Ituen Basi Victor Ehikhamenor art ekemini makida moka nigerian model music meets runway

Lalesso x Pichulik

The spirit and inspiration of travel to far-flung places unite Lamu-based resort wear label LaLessoand South African jewellery brand, Pichulikwho collaborated on an accessories collection of jewellery and clutch bags to complement LaLesso’s runway collection for South Africa Fashion Week.

Lalesso and Pichulik Clutch Bags Collaboration South African Design

Lisa Folawiyo x Banke Kuku

Textile designer Banke Kukuteamed up with renowned Nigerian fashion designer Lisa Folawiyoto create a bespoke range of textiles for the designer’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Lisa-Folawiyo collaborates with textile designer Banke Kuku for fashion design collection

Ifeanyi Oganwu x Toghal x Pheobe Boswell

As part of a special project for 1:54 London, 2016. An architect/product designer, textile designer, and jewellery design artist collaborated to create a seating collection that was used in the lounge. Product designer Ifeanyi Oganwu, African inspired textiles design brand Toghal and jewellery designer/artist Phoebe Boswell.

154 Stool Ifeanyi Oganwu Toghal Phoebe Boswell

– Tapiwa Matsinde

[Image credits: The images shown are sourced from/belong to from top: Lulu KitololoAfrica Calling; Amaridian Gallery; MissMossBlack Fabulosity; Lisa Folawiyo; Lulu Kitololo;  Toghal. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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