EVENT: Home Affairs – a Cross-Cultural Installation

NOW Gallery Home Affairs Exhibition London Africa

 

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NOW Gallery will be celebrating London’s diverse creative landscape in a new cross-cultural installation, Home Affairs.

The exhibition is a collaboration between furniture designer Yinka Ilori, fashion designer Christine Mhando of London-based CHiCHiA and creative consultant Arieta Mujay. It features four theatrical, visually compelling conceptual spaces, brought to life with curated film, archival footage and performance. Framed by the language of traditional Nigerian & Swahili parables, the spaces will be filled with thought-provoking furniture, indigenous plants, designed objects, garments and wallpapers inspired by bespoke Khanga textiles. There will also be artwork by The installation will also be artwork by Jason Barka and Berjo Mouanga; a mural by myself, Lulu Kitololo; hand-carved wooden stools and bowls by artist Gary March and; on opening night, spoken word performances by the Bazaar Bohemian, of Project Tribe

Art director/brand consultant Ola Shobowale (aka @imustcreatenow) is also on-board, helping to bring it all together.

Dates: 20th August – 4th September 2015 
Venue: NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ  

 

Join us this Thursday evening for the NOW Later opening night

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Last Week in Pictures: Lines, Stripes and Multi-colour

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Glancing at my Instagram feed from the past couple weeks, there's a common theme emerging: lines, stripes and multi-colour! Here's how it went down …

Above: this bag is most definitely on my wishlist. Handmade in Kenya, available from Lov'edu.

 

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Colourful cables at Whitechapel tube station.

 

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Tanabata Fukinagashi decorations at the Southbank Centre. Check out the ongoing Festival of Love.

 

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Window grills needn't be boring! I spotted these art deco ones in Hackney.

 

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I always enjoy seeing how other makers roll so it was a delight to go to the Hackney Downs Studios open studios event last week. Here: suede that Hyun K Shin of Tiny Track turns in to intricate fashion accessories.

 

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This chair is everything! Have a seat at the Wahaca mexican market eating branch in Waterloo.

 

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As I mentioned in a recent post, about resonance across the global south – this bag is reminiscent of the one at the top of this post but, I have a feeling that this one was made across in Latin America … Or could it be from around the Europe/Asia boundary? Spotted at vintage store Blitz London.

 

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Another vintage store find – these woven-back, red-seat chairs at GASP in Liverpool. 

What's been in your line of vision this week? 

Come join me on Instagram @lulukitololo.

 

* For those of you who noticed, yes, "last week" isn't strictly just last week 🙂
All photos by Lulu Kitololo. Some enhanced with VSCOcam. 

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Pins of the Week: Eclectic Global Boho Chic

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That mouthful of a title summarises much of what visually turns me on. I think of an abundance of pattern, colour, prints – and wacky combinations of all three! Despite the diversity of traditions and design output, I think it's interesting to note the similarities when you look at Africa, Asia and Latin America. Similarities in feel and creative energy – i.e. something rather intangible – perhaps, more than anything else.

 

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Follow me on Pinterest for more eclectic global boho chic.

 

Pins – left-right, from top: Photo by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou; fashion from Abacaxi NYC; skirt from Abacaxi NYC; stylish dudes; prints galore; backpack; chairs; men's top from Jekkah; Asos Africa outfit.

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Pins of the Week: Moroccan Rugs, Pillows and Poufs from One Kings Lane

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This week I came across some more home decor beauties for my wishlist – from a wide selection of Moroccan goods over at One Kings Lane.

Moroccan Cactus Silk Rug

Moroccan Kilim Pouf Saffron Fuschia

Moroccan Cactus Silk Rug Red Moroccan Wool Pillow Hand LoomedMoroccan Azilal rug

Images from top: lime green pillow sham; green cactus silk rug; kilim pouf; red silk rug; hand loomed wool pillow; Azilal rug

As you know, I 'collect' images over on Pinterest. Come and have a look

All the best for the week and month ahead!

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Buy African: Who Said Beige Is Boring?

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'Beige', as an adjective, often has negative connotations – boring, plain, unimaginative. When we think of African design, we often think of the opposite – a creative kaleidoscope of prints and colours. I thought it would be interesting to find some beautiful design pieces for the home, that prove that beige can indeed delight. It's all about texture!

 

From top, left to right: Set of 3 Ghanaian baskets from Swahili African Modern; Zig Zag Gris mud cloth pillow from Proud Mary; Ecru Fleur a Joure crochet pillow from Proud Mary; Mali bull mask from Weylandts; ceramic crockery by Imiso; Senegalese sewing basket trio from Swahili African Modern; Moroccan leather pouf from Beyond Marrakech; Slat stool by Dokter and Misses; Magnet lounge chair by Vogel Design; Beni Ouarain carpet from Beyond Marrakech.

 

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Buy African: Monochrome Home

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As much as I love colour in design, black and white can be really interesting too – especially when texture and pattern come into play. Here, some furniture and home decor pieces, in black and white.

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Buy African: Eva Sonaike Furniture, Home Decor & Fashion Accessories

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As much as I like prints in vibrant colours – I find Eva Sonaike’s latest collection of prints very refreshing. An almost pastel colour palette but far from dainty; these designs pack enough punch and there’s no mistaking the African inspiration behind them!

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Inspired: Furniture Design by Hamed Ouattara

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I recently met Hamed Ouattara when he was in London for the Graphic Africa exhibition featuring designers from Design Network Africa. Along with my first experience talking through an interpreter (awkward!), it was a great opportunity to see Hamed's furniture in the flesh – or should I say metal!

Based in Burkina Faso, Hamed works primarily with recycled materials, creating pieces that marry culture and modernity. Functional design that reflects the reality of his environment and that can be integrated into daily life, all the while adding beauty to it. He is a man after my own heart when he says:

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Buy African: Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Goods on African Lookbook

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African Lookbook is an online space for discussions in the format of oral histories and for selling cutting edge African products. The site was co-founded by Aaron Kohn and Phil Sandick, a couple of American guys who have both lived and worked in Africa for several years. Here are a few eclectic finds from their site.

Check out the African Lookbook website to find these and other items, as well as the Oral Histories project and more.

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Inspired: Swahili Architecture and Interior Design at Palm House, Lamu

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Palm House is a rental property near Shela Beach in Lamu, Kenya, whose architecture and interior design is influenced by Swahili style.

I'm yet to visit Lamu so I'm exploring the accommodation possibilities as I drool over all the beautiful applications and interpretations of Swahili design.

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