Jordan Awori

THE ART OF MOODBOARDS (EPISODE 1)

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So guess who’s now making videos? Yup…I am!

Worry not I won’t stop blogging but seeing that a lot of you have been requesting for me to get into the wonderful visual world of YOUTUBE, who am I to deny you videos where I flare my arms around (yes, I unapologetically suffer from a very serious case of dramatic hand flaring when I speak) as I shower you with interior design and decor knowledge.

Speaking of decor knowledge, I would like to present you with my first of many videos; THE ART OF MOODBOARDS.  Let the record show that design of every perfect space begins with a moodboard and with that said, in this video I will show you the 5 important elements that all interior decorators incorporate into one.

So get comfortable, and click on the video below, and I will reveal the secrets that will help you turn your house into a home.

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AFRICA DAY 2018: PRESENTING 5 AFRICAN FURNITURE AND DECOR DESIGNERS

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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.

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MOTHERS DAY OFFER 2018

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MOTHERS DAY is this coming Sunday and I come bearing the ultimate free gift for that special mother in your life. You have the option of 2 free offers that you can stand a chance to win for her.

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WHEN FASHION MEETS DECOR: AFRIGARDE AT CAPETOWN DESIGN INDABA 2018

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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.

Enjoy!

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OBJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA: MY DESIGN INDABA EXPERIENCE

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“Each year Design Indaba engages people with the question of what constitutes beauty. While some may think of beauty as an aspect of personal taste and others know it on sight, beauty becomes far more profound when attributes such as cultural significance, sustainability, artisanal craft, usability or even a sense humour are thrown into the mix.”

With that said Design Indaba, the biggest design conference, holds a “competition” that allows people to vote on the South African designs they have curated  as being worthy of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OBJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA title.

When I signed up for this year’s conference there were three things I was super excited about, listening to the amazing speakers, interacting with designers and artists from all over the world and seeing the 10 designs nominated as the most beautiful objects. So it isn’t surprising that on the first day of the conference, during the first break, I dashed over to the area the designs were being exhibited to marvel in all their glory.

So there I was in the area designated for this display and nothing had been set up yet.

There’s a scene in the 1957 American romance film, An Affair to Remember, where Terry and Nickie, who were both in relationships with other people, agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months’ time if they have succeeded in ending their relationships and starting new careers. On the day of their rendezvous, Terry, hurrying to reach the Empire State Building, is struck down by a car while crossing a street. Gravely injured, she is rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, Nickie, waiting for her at the observation deck at the top of the building, is unaware of the accident and, after many hours, leaves at midnight, believing she has rejected him.

If you’re wondering what this story has to do with anything, well as I stood there in a room with no beautiful objects I knew exactly how Nickie felt; Disappointed, Heartbroken, Dejected. But I was not going to give up, so at lunch time and in the evening, after the day’s speakers were done, I came back and still found nothing. Fortunately, as was the case with Nickie and Terry who end up together at the end of the movie, I came back the next day and they were all there perfectly displayed.

With that said, here are the 10 designs that were nominated and of them the one that was voted for, by the public, as THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OBJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA (let the record show that it was actually my favourite piece)

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