Jordan Awori

TIMELESS AFRICAN FURNITURE AND DECOR

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In my previous feature GUBI STORE COPENHAGEN – A DESIGN JOURNEY WITH TIMELESS PIECES I had the opportunity to check out the Danish store GUBI. My experience there got me thinking about what current designers – specifically from or based in AFRICA – are creating pieces, that 10 or 100 years from now, would be as modern as they currently are.

What designers walking God’s green earth right now, are creating African pieces that shall outlive us all? Pieces that my great-great grandchild, shall be creating a feature telling your great great-grandchildren how modern they still look then.

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CULTURAL SYMBOLIC RELEVANCE OF THE MOST RELAXING PIECE OF FURNITURE

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In my last video DOING IT HIS WAY – THE ARTIST IN A KIOSK I had a captivating interview with the Kenyan artist George Onkoba who runs The Art Kiosk, an art gallery that showcases his amazing work in, as the name suggests, a Kiosk. Speaking of his work what we learnt from my previous video is that he uses symbolism in all his pieces and this leads us to this video where, as I’d previously promised, I will not only be looking at how other artists have used symbolism in their work but also how it’s used in interior décor pieces.

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TAKING A BATH AT THE AFRICAN HERITAGE HOUSE

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Sunday is a very healing day for me. I have certain rituals and activities I undertake in that are undoubtedly the highlight of my week. What they all are isn’t important to this post, what matters is just my breakfast ritual.

Kericho Gold morning tea…check.

The perfect 90s rnb playlist….check.

My trusted laptop…..check.

Armed with these three things I head on over to a specific nook in my home, cuddle up in one corner and prepare to be transported to my own world for an hour an a half before I have to leave.

On one particular Sunday everything seemed to be as it always was. The usual gossip articles (a guilty pleasure), catching up on current affairs and getting design inspiration. But 30 minutes in I got extremely nostalgic and suddenly I couldn’t stop thinking about my former university lecturer Dr.Lilac Osanjo. It wasn’t anything specific just flashbacks of her lectures that, unlike most others, opened our eyes to the wonders of African design. Images and stories of beautiful and unique spaces designed by and for Africans and most importantly inspired by Africa. As I let myself go down memory lane one specific lecture sticks out. It’s so weird how our brains work, I struggle to remember what I ate for dinner two days ago but on this particular day I could remember EVERYTHING about the day Dr.Osanjo told us all about Mr. Alan Donovan, his impact on Kenyan art and design and his famous house, THE AFRICAN HERITAGE HOUSE.

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