Jordan Awori

MAMA SHELTER HOTEL: PARIS

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Have you missed me? Worry no more, today I come bearing eclectic gifts for you..

Now a couple of years ago I created a very bold colour scheme for a client’s room and although she was initially skeptical (as most people would be about having a black wall) I’m glad she trusted me because she fell madly in love with it. Here’s a snippet of the room:

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RESTAURANT INSPIRATION: JAVA HOUSE EDITION 2

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First and foremost I would like to sincerely apologize for going MIA the last couple of weeks. A lot has been happening on my end some good, some bad but mostly I’ve missed you guys terribly. So please accept my sincere apologies and let’s continue where we left off.

During my last post RESTAURANT INSPIRATION: JAVA HOUSE EDITION I got the following comment:

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RESTAURANT INSPIRATION: JAVA HOUSE EDITION

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If you know me you know that I am addicted to JAVA HOUSE, and if you don’t know me, now you know! Seeing that I’m disclosing things about myself, I guess you should also know that I’m a stickler for good service and good food that not only fills my plate but also my stomach. Thus my love and addiction to the wonderful world that is JAVA.

Now let the record show that this is not a post sponsored by them (but if they feel like doing so, who am I to refuse) nor is it is a restaurant review. This is simply the first post in the RESTAURANT INSPIRATION series where I will be showing you how to emulate your favourite restaurant’s interiors into your home.

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WISHBONE CHAIR BY HANS WEGNER

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I remember the first time I ever saw the wishbone chair by Danish designer Hans J. Wegner. All these wonderful memories of my childhood flashed before my eyes. Specifically the ones where my mum and I would break the chicken wishbone together each of us making a silent wish with our eyes closed. No, this is not from an episode of Seventh Heaven. I kid you not this was a frequent event in our home (and yes we loved chicken that much).

So to see such a beautiful and timeless chair, made from such a simple and nonchalant concept, is really breathtaking to say the least. Have a look for yourself:

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KENYAN ARTIST: MICHAEL SOI THE SOI-NSPIRATION ARTIST

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When it comes to artists the world over, no one inspires me as much as Kenyan contemporary artist MICHAEL SOI. I first came across his work when I was interning for another great artist,sculptor GAKUNJU KAIGWA at KUONA ARTS CENTER in 2009. Honestly, my first impression of his work was confusion. His minimalist cartoon style was very different from anything I’d ever seen from Kenya, and the only thing I could compare it to was the contemporary american art style of the 50s, POP ART.

Was it really Kenyan to follow this style? Was he being true to himself and our culture? Where was the wildlife or at least the village people fetching water or jumping in shukas?

But then it hit me how ignorant and plain stupid I was being.

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