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Paint+Pattern+Pinned: Inspired by African Design

African Beaded ChairImage: The Interior Archive

So how is everyone doing this Friday afternoon? Waiting for that clock to tick-tock straight to the happy hour? Well, here’s a little eye candy to your aid in the meanwhile. It’s time for our Paint+Pattern+Pinned Friday feature, where we highlight a sneak peak into our latest and greatest Pinterest finds of the week! This month is all about Africa at P+P and today, we are going to share with you random pics that we thought were very Afro-chic and found a unique spot on our African Inspired Pinterest board.

We fell in love with the woven light fittings from New York-based industrial designer Stephen Burks in the extreme left image below. So stunning, so contemporary. The colors and the ingenious designs celebrate the basket weaving traditions seen across the continent and shows that far from being confined to the past, basketry is continuing to evolve into a contemporary art form. Similarly, blending African prints with Spanish tradition, Etsy store Olele has a covet-able range of fans, below – top right image, that are made from Spanish beech wood and Africa inspired prints on 100% cotton fabric. Absolutely Paint+Patttern+Pinned worthy!

Contemporary African Products

African Telephone Wire Bowl

The telephone wire basket, from the image above, is a relatively recent craft development which reflects the ingenuity of the craftspeople. The origins of telephone wire weaving is traced back to Zulu night watchmen in urban areas who, to banish loneliness and boredom on night shifts, took to weaving colored wire around their traditional sticks. Brightly colored telephone wires are used to great creative effect, decoratively covering objects such as bottles and walking sticks, or made into bowls, plates and baskets. Today it is a popular craft and means of livelihood for men and women based out of the Durban area of South Africa.

Mod cloth pillow covers, in the image below, explains how traditional African art is designed to be more or less three dimensional. The beautiful black and off-white combination along with clean straight lines, balances out the heavy texture on the fabric and makes each piece look gorgeous and usable work of art.

African Mod-cloth Pillow Covers

African Was Cloth Patio Chair - DIYAbove: Anthropologie patio chair cushion covers DIY made from African wax cotton fabric

African Basket Decor

Hope you had as much fun exploring this post as we had finding the cool things in it.

Happy Friday and most of all, Happy Pinning!

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