Category Archives: African Design

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 6: The L. Style

How to work African design into your home My wishlist-must-haves of what I would love to bring into my own space and collection. La Creuset’s Tagine Hanging Chair by Egg Designs Black & White Beaded Chair from Snob Stuff (Toronto) Moroccan Leather Pouf from Moroccan Palace Egyptian Pendant Lamps in solid copper from Snob Stuff [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 5: Suzanne Boyd Style

Images from “The Objects of My Affection”, O Magazine, Summer 2007 What are home says about us. Former editor of Flare, current editor of Zoomer, journalist Suzanne Boyd is an alchemist when it comes to synthesizing style. Her space is her biography, which is how our spaces should be – the layers of what we [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 4: East Africa

Images from”Swahili Time” Architectural Digest, August 2010 Swahili Style?  HAKUNA MATATA! Every day in Lamu I would hear polepole from the locals. They were telling me to go “slowly, slowly!” I felt like I was slowing down but apparently time moves so unhurried on the island of Lamu it seems to go counterclockwise. This foreign [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 3: West Africa

Tearsheets from “Au Senegal: Une Maison Couleur Boubou”, Elle Décor French Ed., July / August 2011 Boubou? YUMYUM! West African wax cloth is like a salad made with only the most intensely flavoured fruits. To eyes used to ‘Torontonian black’ it is like finding yourself orbiting in an alternate universe where Ikea and West Elm [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 2: North Africa

April 9, 2012 – 7:01 pm

Maryam Montague and I are design twins separated at birth.  We are cut from the same Caftan cloth. When I saw the images of Peacock Pavilions, Maryam and her husband’s boutique hotel in Marrakesh, I felt at home without even stepping a foot over the threshold. You can sense that with Maryam each décor piece [...]

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