African Design Magazine September 2016 | Page 2
A melting pot of African design
From the enigmatic sculptures and the bold iconography to the
understated and the minimal, Decorex Joburg, which took place last
month, presented captivating inspiration from the cradle of humanity.
The vivacious prints, artefacts and designs of Africa, from Algeria to
Zimbabwe, were under the spotlight in the brand new African Inspired
Designer Trend Pods installation.
“While previously reserved for high-end hotels and upscale game
lodges, African design influences can now be found in homes all over the
world,” says Sian Gutstadt, Portfolio Director of Decorex SA. “The Mother
Continent is itself a melting pot, reflected in a variety of societal and
cultural expressions,” she adds. “In this vast expanse we find examples
of the most primitive traditions and the most contemporary art and
Karen Richards of K Interiors noted, “African style is no longer limited to ethnic prints and
wooden masks. Inspired by the pulse, geography and energy of this continent, African style
is modern, fluent and dynamic. It truly encapsulates the best of both worlds: hand-made,
artisanal fabrics and furnishings, on the one hand, and high-tech, modern influences, on the
other. This gives designers the platform to translate African style into a sophisticated, elegant
and eclectic space where one ultimately finds complete serenity.”
The above sums up perfectly many of the projects we feature in this issue – from hand-built
orphanages to multi-million Rand offices – African design showcases the best of both worlds.
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