Contemporary Design Africa

Contemporary Design Africa

  1. Tapiwa Matsinde
  • ISBN 9780500291627
  • 25.00 x 20.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 208pp
  • 230 Illustrations, 230 in colour
  • First published 2015

Finally a book on African design that celebrates the contemporary! Moving far beyond such tired stereotypes as safari chic, this book revels in Africa’s astonishing creativity

‘African design is garnering ever-greater attention in the West and now new book 'Contemporary Design Africa' … celebrates the best’ – Elle Decoration
‘Offering an inspirational challenge to rigid perceptions of what design from Africa looks like’– New Design

Contemporary Design Africa
Contemporary Design Africa

Contemporary Design Africa is packed with works that show how the continent’s rich array of craft traditions are being preserved and revived with an exciting 21st-century twist. The fifty or so featured designers and crafters have been chosen for their innovative approach to creating sophisticated products, and many of their pieces demonstrate how sustainability and recycling are often of the utmost importance.

An introduction shows the ways in which the sophistication, vitality, diversity and soulfulness of the past are now being used to develop a contemporary African identity. The primary focus is on interiors but sections on furniture, textiles, ceramics, basketry and lighting bring together the work of designers, makers and organizations based in Africa or part of the diaspora.

The book also includes a glossary and bibliography.

Contemporary Design Africa preserves the traditions of the past by creating a record of the designs they are influencing in the present.

Tapiwa Matsinde is a British-born designer, creative business consultant, blogger and writer of Zimbabwean heritage. She has worked as a graphic designer and a brand guardian in corporate communications for leading international organizations.