African Trends

Déco Africaine : tendance actuelle

African trends are taking the world of interior design by storm, bringing with them vivid colours, richly patterned prints and bright woven fabrics. As those grey autumn days draw in, now is the perfect time to bring some sunshine into your home and transport yourself to far-off lands with a few key pieces.

 

Waxing lyrical

English and Dutch colonists invented the immediately recognisable wax print fabrics, which were printed on both sides using a wax-based system and imported into Africa in the late 19th century, where they proved an instant hit. These fabrics have since become a staple of African wardrobes and are now making a welcome breakthrough into western interiors. Get on board with this trend by snapping up a ‘Wax going on’ chair by designer Sandrine Alouf, or, for a more understated look, some brightly coloured cushions from Wrong for Hay.

 


Pop weaves

Inspired by Africa’s long tradition of weaving, the world’s top designers are turning to woven fabrics, as well as a new take on local craftsmanship, to create some ultra-hip seating designs. We love the ‘Banjooli chair’ by Sebastian Herkner, the man behind Designerbox#31, and the ‘Tropicalia’ chair by renowned designer Patricia Urquiola. For those with a smaller budget, Keur’s small Scoubidou chairs are the perfect piece to brighten up a nursery.

 

Recreate that beach hut feel

When it comes to recreating that desert island feel in your living room, we cannot get enough of natural fabrics like the ‘Natte Somaa’ mat, made from wild palm fibre, these handmade baskets from South Africa, which featured at the most recent Maison & Objet trade fair, and Cristian Mohaded’s stunning bowls, available from Gallery Bensimon.

 


Totems for the modern world

Totems have long been regarded as protective forces by African tribes and have now found their way into some top western design, from purely decorative items, such as Alexander Girard’s iconic ‘Wooden Dolls’, to more practical pieces, like the ‘Tembo’ drum available from La Chance – half tomtom, half African totem!

 


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