Monthly Archives: September 2013

Graphic Africa Exhibition, Platform, Habitat

Amidst all the pre event chaos preparing for designjunction, I managed to pop out and visit the Graphic Africa Exhibition, at Platform, Habitat’s gallery space in its King’s Road store.  The exhibition features over 20 pieces of new contemporary furniture by 16 designers from East, West and Southern Africa and is well worth a visit.

The exhibition has been carefully curated with products in a neutral palette, of blacks, greys and browns with the odd zing of copper, a bright purple chair and glittering gold from striking Kenyan necklaces.   Handwoven silk textiles from Ethiopia are showcased alongside large black and white graphic floor cushions in Bogolon (traditional mud cloth) from Mali, produced in collaboration with the Habitat design team and sculptural, black, organic shaped pottery from Ghana.   Here are a couple of shots of things that caught my eye.  Please excuse the quality as I forgot my camera and had to use my iPhone.

 

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An eye-catching cabinet from Dokter and Misses, South Africa

 

 

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A beautiful vase from Imiso, South Africa

 

 

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An industrial style metal sideboard by Hamed Ouattara, Burkina Faso

 

More information about the show and its designers can be found at: http://www.habitat.co.uk/Platform_GraphicAfrica/content/fcp-content and information about the initiative behind the show can be found at: http://designnetworkafrica.org/about/

 

Maud interiors hand embroidered cushions in Making magazine’s Lust List

It’s 24/7 here at Maud HQ as we prepare for design junction, http://thedesignjunction.co.uk, which starts on Wednesday next week but we just wanted to say thanks to the team at Making magazine, http://www.craftsinstitute.com/forums/makingmagazine/ for featuring Falguni, one of our vintage, hand embroidered, cushions in this month’s “Lust List”.  Thanks guys!

 

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