Ikea Overallt African design llection

We are too accustomed to seeing designs that are 'inspired' by other cultures rather than actually by them but this is changing. Ikea has teamed up with 10 African designers and artists for its Overallt collection of furniture, textiles and accessories, launching this month. The Swedish brand has worked directly with creatives from countries including Ivory Coast, South Africa and Senegal, who have contributed pieces that reflect their individual cultures.

Senegal's Bibi Seck is behind a plastic and steel footstool, while Nairobi-based Bethan Rayner and Naeem Biviji designed a curved eucalyptus bench and cookware for a better cooking and eating experience. Renee Roussouw designed a "proud South African textile" that adorns cushions and blankets with eye-popping colour. For Ivory Coast architect Issa Diabaté, the importance was placed on designing beautiful objects that maintained a functionality without using costly materials. The influences of the ten designers range far and wide, extending to hair braiding in the work of Dakar native Selly Raby Kane.

Ikea Overallt African design llection

Further evidence of the creative boom currently underway on the continent is the addition of Africa By Design, which promotes established and emerging designers, as a seller on the online store 1stdibs, giving the work of 30 designers a new and impressive international reach.

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