Friday 25th May was AFRICA DAY, and in the spirit of full disclosure I wasn’t aware that this was even a thing so for those of you who are unfortunately not as informed as I was here’s what this amazing day is all about:
“Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union) on this day, 25 May, in 1963. It aims to celebrate African unity with each year the Day has a different theme.”
This year’s theme is African Union Agenda 2063 and OAC together with the partners have decided to adopt this theme “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.” In order to pay homage to this theme I decided to do so by choosing 5 AFRICAN FURNITURE AND DECOR DESIGNERS, based not only in Africa but in the Diaspora, to show how design and African designers play a strong role in creating an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.
In my last three post’s I’ve been taking you through my experience at this year’s Design Indaba conference and unfortunately this is the last post on the experience.
Let me give you a minute to take it in and recover from the shock…
Are you okay, have you accepted it?
You have? Good. Okay where was I…
During the conference, as I was admiring the designs nominated for THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OBJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA , I was lucky enough to stumble upon Thabo Makhetha Collective stand in the same area. The collective, a luxury African inspired concept store run by the amazing fashion designer Thabo Makhetha, that curates and brings together the works of other African designers such as ONEOFEACH, IMISO, Ruff Tung and the subject for this post, jewellery design firm Afrigarde.
Afrigarde, the brainchild of Maria Uys, really wowed me with two items that were on display, a chair and a loop light. If you read my post last year, WHEN FASHION MEETS DECOR: LOUIS VUITTON TA MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2017 , you know that I love it when fashion designers cross over to the wonderful world of interiors.
So here’s a look at not only this brilliant jewellery firm, who use felt to create hand made wearable art, but also the amazing products they created when they ventured into the wonderful world of decor.