Book of the Month // Design Indaba, Fashion, Design & Lifestyle

As a nod to Nicky’s time in South Africa this month (follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram), and her attendance at one of South Africa’s most exciting design festivals, Design Indaba in Cape Town, our book of the month celebrates all that is most exciting in the world of fashion, design and lifestyle in Africa.

This beautiful publication co-edited by Design Indaba and Gestalten, digs deep into the heart of African creativity. Although design is still a young industry on the continent, it is a thriving scene and new African creatives are on the rise.

“As Fashion and Textile designers become more prominent in Africa, the world is getting into the habit of looking to the continent for emerging designers. These fresh new voices gather much of their inspiration from traditional patterns and silhouettes, blending the past into fashion’ future.”

Discover works by designers such as Nobukho Aqaba whose photographic work explores themes of migration and foreignness through the clever use of every day objects to the likes of Peter Mabeo, whose indigenous wooden bespoke furniture mixes traditional and modern design, the publicly-minded architecture of David Adjaye, Selly Raby Kane’s energetic fashion line (images below), and the sounds of Spoek Mathambo’s Fantasma, the pages of the book are bursting with African story tellers.

 Insightful essays from experts and artisans contextualise each chapter and provide an insight into talented craftsmen and women artists and designers, outstanding projects, and the way craft can be a catalyst for social and economic developments.

Africa Rising celebrates the way art strengthens and unifies cultures and, most importantly, invokes the multi-faceted richness of Africa.

The book, which launched on the 21st of September 2016 at Somerset House in London, was part of the programme of events for the inaugral London Design Bienniale with a panel discussion featuring designers Yinka Ilori and Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, Design Indaba editor Katie de Klee, and the founder of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Touria El Glaoui.

Click here to purchase your copy

Images c/o Design Indaba / Gestalten Publishing

Nicky’s World February 2018