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Top 7 African design trends

Top 7 African design trends | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 takes place in Cape Town, South Africa from 3-5 June. Here are seven of the continents latest design trends.
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Willowlamp’s Audacious ‘Audrey2’ Range To Light Up Nando’s

Willowlamp’s Audacious ‘Audrey2’ Range To Light Up Nando’s | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
There’s really nothing hotter than South African design right now – just ask anyone who’s walked into a Nando’s restaurant anywhere in the world! These Designer lighting company willowlamp has its sights set on joining the illustrious group of Clout designers whose work comprises Nando’s iconic...
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7 inspiring African fashion brands || The Southern Times

7 inspiring African fashion brands || The Southern Times | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
By Southern Times -- Jul10,2020 -- 0 Comments 0 Alice Cary “I grew up knowing who Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace were, but I didn’t grow up knowing any African designers. It’s a big problem, that not everyone’s included on this journey.” So said Kenneth Ize, on the occasion of his debut show at Paris Fashion Week in February 2020.  Out to change that are an energetic roster of African designers who have created brands that are dedicated to sustainable, artisanal practices. Even better news: their collections are now shoppable, thanks to the London-based boutique Koibird. A new collaboration with the renowned Lagos Fashion Week and a hand-picked edit of designers has just dropped on-site – and there are numerous wonderful labels to enjoy.  Among them: South African knitwear brand, Maxhosa, founded by Laduma Ngxokolo, whose colourful graphic pieces have caught the eye of Beyoncé and Alicia Keys. Then there is Lisa Folawiyo, who has also garnered a fan-base of high-profile clientele including Solange Knowles and Lupita Nyong’o, both of whom have worn the Nigerian designer’s sparkling gowns.  Koibird’s launch celebrates the vibrant beauty of African culture, and the edit was released alongside a look book photographed by Ruth Ossai – who was raised between Nigeria and Yorkshire – and styled by British Vogue’s fashion editor-at-large, Julia Sarr-Jamois. Below, seven designers to know from the collaboration. Kenneth Ize Colourful patterns, including his signature handwoven Nigerian check, “asoke”, have made Kenneth Ize a global sensation. The LVMH 2019 finalist made his debut at Paris Fashion Week in February 2020 and his showcase saw models Imaan Hammam and British Vogue’s former cover star, Adwoa Aboah, walk the catwalk alongside Naomi Campbell. His recent designs looked to preserve African craft, and he worked with artisans in both Nigeria and Vienna – where he grew up – to create his collection.    Maxhosa Africa The striking knitwear of Maxhosa is inspired by traditional Xhosa symbolism, beadwork, patterns and hues. Laduma Ngxokolo founded the label in 2012 after graduating from the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa as he wanted to design a ready-to-wear collection that reflected his heritage.   Rich Mnisi Rich Mnisi founded his eponymous brand in 2015 after being awarded the Africa Fashion International Young Designer of the Year in 2014. His expressive designs are an amalgamation of patterns, prints and textures that explore narratives of African heritage. Popular culture, art, film and music also inform his work, all given a contemporary twist.   Loza Maléombho Loza Maléombho’s designs are a fusion of traditional cultures and sub-cultures. Established in New York in 2009, the brand relocated to Côte d’Ivoire in 2012 where it continues to work with artisans to create pieces of Ivorian tradition with a modern feel. Shapely silhouettes and vivid prints embrace the label’s dual heritage.   Lisa Folawiyo Former lawyer Lisa Folawiyo has won acclaim for her unique fusion of West African fabrics with glamorous beading techniques and embellishments. Part of a talented generation of Nigerian designers, since founding her brand in 2005 she has attracted a slew of famous fans including Kelis and Eve. Folawiyo’s pieces are made exclusively using Ankara textiles which go through a 240-hour process before completion.   Orange Culture All Orange Culture items are manufactured in Lagos from ethically-sourced fabrics. Its designs embrace both traditional African motifs, as well as streetwear, adhering to a unisex wardrobe formula – something which has attracted controversy in founder Adebayo Oke-Lawal’s native Nigeria, but one which he is quick to dismiss. Photographic prints, energising patterns and printed loose garments comprise signature looks.   Christie Brown Aisha Obuobi named her Ghanian-founded brand after her grandmother, Christie Brown, who was an agile seamstress with a flair for vibrant clothing. The brand follows a similarly rich design ethos, and prides itself on elaborate, textured pieces. Primarily inspired by African culture, the label describes its customer as: “A woman seeking a true taste of neo-African culture.” – Vogue 0 Related Stories LEAVE A COMMENT Full Name: Your Email: Comment: SUBMIT COMMENTS
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Uganda's maker space aiming to transform science education in the country

Uganda's maker space aiming to transform science education in the country | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
Science education should be hands-on and interactive, says Fundi Bots founder Solomon King Benge.
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Carrying the can for African design

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Young graphic designer Ofentse Letebele tells us what inspired his winning design for the inaugural BOS Ice Tea Design-A-Can competition.
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7 Inspiring African Fashion Brands to know - and wear – now

“I grew up knowing who Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace were, but I didn’t grow up knowing any African designers. It’s a big problem, that not everyone’s included on this journey.” So said Kenneth Ize, on the occasion of his debut show at Paris Fashion Week in February 2020. Out to change that are an energetic roster of African designers who have created brands that are dedicated to sustainable, artisanal practices. Even better news: their collections are now shoppable, thanks to the London-based boutique Koibird. A new collaboration with the renowned Lagos Fashion Week and a hand-picked edit of designers has just dropped on-site – and there are numerous wonderful labels to enjoy. Among them: South African knitwear brand, Maxhosa, founded by Laduma Ngxokolo, whose colourful graphic pieces have caught the eye of Beyoncé and Alicia Keys. Then there is Lisa Folawiyo, who has also garnered a fanbase of high-profile clientele including Solange Knowles and Lupita Nyong’o, both of whom have worn the Nigerian designer’s sparkling gowns. Koibird’s launch celebrates the vibrant beauty of African culture, and the edit was released alongside a look book photographed by Ruth Ossai – who was raised between Nigeria and Yorkshire – and styled by British Vogue’s fashion editor-at-large, Julia Sarr-Jamois. Below, seven designers to know from the collaboration whose work you can shop now. Kenneth Ize Colourful patterns, including his signature handwoven Nigerian check, “asoke”, have made Kenneth Ize a global sensation. The LVMH 2019 finalist made his debut at Paris Fashion Week in February 2020 and his showcase saw models Imaan Hammam and British Vogue’s former cover star, Adwoa Aboah, walk the catwalk alongside Naomi Campbell. His recent designs looked to preserve African craft, and he worked with artisans in both Nigeria and Vienna – where he grew up – to create his collection. View this post on Instagram @brownsfashion online Hand woven in Nigeria A post shared by Kenneth Ize (@kennethize) on May 13, 2020 at 8:59am PDT Maxhosa Africa The striking knitwear of Maxhosa is inspired by traditional Xhosa symbolism, beadwork, patterns and hues. Laduma Ngxokolo founded the label in 2012 after graduating from the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa as he wanted to design a ready-to-wear collection that reflected his heritage. View this post on Instagram ‘To know others is wise, but to know yourself is enlightening �’ ~ Happy #AfricaDay Mother Continent � A post shared by MAXHOSA AFRICA™ (@maxhosa) on May 25, 2020 at 11:02am PDT Rich Mnisi Rich Mnisi founded his eponymous brand in 2015 after being awarded the Africa Fashion International Young Designer of The Year in 2014. His expressive designs are an amalgamation of patterns, prints and textures that explore narratives of African heritage. Popular culture, art, film and music also inform his work, all given a contemporary twist.  View this post on Instagram The AZANIA Loungewear range is available to shop now on shop.richmnisi.com Shot by @aartverrips_official Models @abulelengcangata @go_for_shane @jenyojohnson For wholesale orders email [email protected] #staysafe #richmnisi A post shared by RICH MNISI (@rich_mnisi) on Jun 9, 2020 at 11:16pm PDT Loza Maléombho Loza Maléombho’s designs are a fusion of traditional cultures and sub-cultures. Established in New York in 2009, the brand relocated to Côte d’Ivoire in 2012 where it continues to work with artisans to create pieces of Ivorian tradition with a modern feel. Shapely silhouettes and vivid prints embrace the label’s dual heritage. View this post on Instagram � Head over to @koibird to find out how to get your hands on an exclusive selection of @loza_maleombho in London and online!! �� A post shared by Loza Maléombho ���� (@lozamaleombho) on Mar 14, 2020 at 12:52am PDT Lisa Folawiyo Former lawyer Lisa Folawiyo has won acclaim for her unique fusion of West African fabrics with glamorous beading techniques and embellishments. Part of a talented generation of Nigerian designers, since founding her brand in 2005 she has attracted a slew of famous fans including Kelis and Eve. Folawiyo’s pieces are made exclusively using Ankara textiles which go through a 240-hour process before completion. View this post on Instagram “Luxury is in each detail”.✨ A post shared by Lisa Folawiyo Studio (@lisafolawiyo_studio) on Jan 30, 2020 at 10:25am PST Orange Culture All Orange Culture items are manufactured in Lagos from ethically-sourced fabrics. Its designs embrace both traditional African motifs, as well as streetwear, adhering to a unisex wardrobe formula – something which has attracted controversy in founder Adebayo Oke-Lawal’s native Nigeria, but one which he is quick to dismiss. Photographic prints, energising patterns and printed loose garments comprise signature looks. View this post on Instagram Stockist Alert - Shop select pieces from our SS20 collection on @koibird online now ( link in story ) as part of the KOIBIRD explores Lagos Fashion Week Edit @lagosfashionweekofficial . Shop for a beautiful summer ahead � Photography @ruthossaistudio Styling @sarrjamois Model @bibiabdulkadir Make up @athenapaginton Hair @issacvpoleon A post shared by Orange Culture Nigeria (@orangecultureng) on Mar 18, 2020 at 5:36am PDT Christie Brown Aisha Obuobi named her Ghanian-founded brand after her grandmother, Christie Brown, who was an agile seamstress with a flair for vibrant clothing. The brand follows a similarly rich design ethos and prides itself on elaborate, textured pieces. Primarily inspired by African culture, the label describes its customer as: “A woman seeking a true taste of neo-African culture.” View this post on Instagram SPRING SUMMER 2020 Available online now #christiebrown #ss20 #cbss20 A post shared by Christie Brown (@christiebrowngh) on Jun 9, 2020 at 3:24am PDT This article originally appeared on British Vogue. South African Celebs
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IKEA ÖVERALLT: In the designers' words

IKEA ÖVERALLT: In the designers' words | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
At Design Indaba Conference 2019, the group of African designers share the motivations behind the products they dreamed up and realised.
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Award winning designer, founder audacious ‘Audrey2’ range to light up Nando’s

Award winning designer, founder audacious ‘Audrey2’ range to light up Nando’s | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
Award winning company Willowlamp designs a bespoke brand-new range of chandeliers that has recently been included on the purchasing portal backed by Nandos.
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The design squadron of the future

The design squadron of the future | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
Meet the bright young creatives who have surfaced through our three longstanding youth programmes: Emerging Creatives, Global Graduates and antenna.
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Ravi Naidoo of Design Indaba discusses the purpose of design in reSITE's podcast

Ravi Naidoo of Design Indaba discusses the purpose of design in reSITE's podcast | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
World Architecture Community News - Ravi Naidoo of Design Indaba discusses the purpose of design in reSITE's podcast...
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Black Fashion Designers To Follow

Black Fashion Designers To Follow | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
This month’s Black Lives Matter protests have forced us all to look at and reexamine so many areas of society, ...<a title="Black Fashion Designers To Follow" class="read-more" href="https://www.ways2rock.com/black-fashion-designers-to-follow/">Read more</a>...
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Made in Africa: A Documentary on the Regeneration of African Fashion –

Made in Africa: A Documentary on the Regeneration of African Fashion – | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
“Made In Africa” is a captivating documentary filled with monumental events and wisdom of how the brand has become one of the most successful to emerge from Africa. The authentic African story captures how designers are reshaping the fashion industry on a global scale.
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100 Beautiful Things showcases SA's creative design and ingenuity

100 Beautiful Things showcases SA's creative design and ingenuity | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
The V&A Waterfront's new 100 Beautiful Things initiative celebrates the creativity of the makers behind some of South Africa's most inspiring projects, products, ideas and experiences...
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Simon Charwey creates African Design Matters, a directory for creatives of African descent

Simon Charwey creates African Design Matters, a directory for creatives of African descent | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
Simon Charwey is a brand identity designer and anthologist on indigenous African design systems and African Symbology.
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Paragon Architects, Paragon Interface, Paragon Architects South Africa

Paragon Architects, Paragon Interface, Paragon Architects South Africa | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
Paragon Architects is an internationally-active African design business, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the originator of the Paragon Group of design businesses, delivering commercial architecture, master planning, interior design and space planning to visionary clients in all property...
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Mauvelli | Here's How Reni Folawiyo Infused Fashion, Culture, Art, And Cuisine In The Popular Fashion Retail Store, ALÁRA

Mauvelli | Here's How Reni Folawiyo Infused Fashion, Culture, Art, And Cuisine In The Popular Fashion Retail Store, ALÁRA | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
Mauvelli is the first and preferred choice for Fashion News, Reviews and Insightful Analysis of Fashion brands in Nigeria.
We publish Fashion and Business-related content with a core emphasis on its impact in African slant.
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Fashion Photographer William Ukoh Interview

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Fashion Photographer William Ukoh discusses his creative process, using his Nigerian heritage in his work, and what it takes to be a fashion photographer.
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Afropop Socks Takes African Fashion to New Levels with Trendy African Inspired Socks

Afropop Socks Takes African Fashion to New Levels with Trendy African Inspired Socks | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
Individuals looking for a new way to celebrate African culture now have a new ally in the London start-up, Afropop Socks.  Contemporary African Design Touted as ‘African Fashion for your feet,’ Afropop Socks is a forward thinking fashion brand with a focus on African vibes.
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Check Out These Dope Designs From TheUrbanative – SA CREATIVES

Check Out These Dope Designs From TheUrbanative – SA CREATIVES | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
Check Out These Dope Designs From TheUrbanative...
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Isolation Talks: Chrissa Amuah

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Surface Design Show provides an unrivalled opportunity for architects and designers...
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rich mnisi: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN DESIGN –

rich mnisi: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN DESIGN – | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
It's exciting to stumble upon a brilliant new (to me) designer. There is undoubtedly something special about South African Rich Mnisi - his designs are fresh and contemporary, but infused with something unmistakably African.
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African design chandeliers & home accessories –

African design chandeliers & home accessories – | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
South African interior design business who specialises in the manufacture of unique hand crafted modern chandeliers, furniture and home accessories, with a contemporary African design; for lodges, resorts and individual homes.
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Designer items currently on our radar

Designer items currently on our radar | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
From lighting to velvet throw cushions, take a look at a few covetable décor pieces we have been eyeing...
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Industrie Africa Launches An Online Shopping Platform

Industrie Africa Launches An Online Shopping Platform | Afrodizziak | Scoop.it
Dubbed the wikipedia of young African designers, Industrie Africa is launching e-commerce. A virtual showroom of sorts, the site highlights the full breadth of African design talent with a directory of over 80 brands from 24 different African countries.
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