30 May 2009
Ethiopian Fashion Designer Guenet launched her home accessories line. She combines different media such as fabric, beads, telephone wires, paper with pots and wooden vessels. Her skilful media mixing techniques give a fresh and uncomplicated approach to traditional vessels.
Images from GIGITEH Home
29 May 2009
Floral patterns are quite trendy in the new summer collections. Designers' catwalks are blooming with floral prints. Big colorful patterns have also a staying power in African fabrics, Vlisco the Dutch Wax Company has also completely taken on floral patterns. Their new collections have been flying off the shelves. Nigerian-born Duro Olowu has been combining vibrant African prints to create fantastic patchwork dresses. He stresses 'that the floral patterns add an element of life and joyfulness for the wearer, and in women's wear that's very important'
Some believe that the popularity of floral prints is linked to recession, 'Modern floral are a relaxing antidote to recession-induced business wear' says Alex Gorton.
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27 May 2009
After Building the London Rivington Place -space designed for the culturally diverse visual arts in the UK-, David Adjaye Associates has been chosen by the Smithsonian Institution to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The museum is crown-based concept that would allow natural light to go through bronze screens displaying images from African American history. The crown shape evokes African-American headdresses and also the colonial crown from Africa. Adjaye said 'that a hat-wearing person is a free person... who does not have to carry a load but could wear a hat'
The museum is expected to open its doors in 2015.
I can't wait to appreciate the texture on those bronze screens!
26 May 2009
Aida Duplessis is a textile designer living in Bamako, she mixes organic cotton with natural fibres such as vetiver and uses natural dyes. She insists that all her products are chemical free. She is also a regular exhibitor at Paris Maison & Objet . Aida works with interior designers and intends to implant 'Made in Mali' worldwide.
25 May 2009
After her Concept Ethnic in Paris and her New York shop, Aline Matsika has beautifully managed to blend in Kuba and modern Senegalese woven textiles with a contemporary interior. The 'Ntsak' above is composed of subtle signs organized in an indefinite labyrinth delimited by the sofa contours. The two cushions add a beautiful contrast to the combination. Well done Aline!
24 May 2009
This week-end , I have been quite nostalgic, i kept my eyes on Senegal and I have been quite amazed by what I found as far as recycling is concerned!
BXS has reinvented traditional African seats using metal and this morning I have discovered Ousmane Mbaye's love of metal craftsmanship. Using barrel and galvanized iron, he creates unique furniture that reflects his passion for bright colours and geometric shapes.
Ousmane describes 'design as a freedom, a sort of 'do what you want' way to express his dreams and hopes'