Swahili Chic

Swahili Chic

Living in Style on the East African Coast

  1. Text and photographs by Bibi Jordan
  2. Foreword by Richard Leakey
  • ISBN 9780500513552
  • 28.00 x 23.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 284pp
  • 475 Illustrations, 475 in colour
  • First published 2007
‘Elegant and informed’ – The Independent on Sunday
‘A fascinating insight into African culture and history’ – The Evening Standard

Swahili Chic takes an exotic approach to gracious living from a 2,000-year-old culture rich in beauty and sophistication.

Globe-trotting style expert Bibi Jordan introduces the Swahili school of design, architecture and graceful living that instils a sense of simplicity, sensuality and spirituality into any interior.

'Swahili Chic' features the astonishing coral palaces and historic travellers’ inns of World Heritage Sites Lamu and Zanzibar, as well as romantic seaside cottages and the eco-adventure resorts of Mombasa and Malindi.

Each chapter details the region’s past, with fascinating facts about African culture and history, and highlights the most intriguing and inspirational aspects of the local decor, making this an ideal book for both the armchair traveller and the travel adventurer as well as decoration specialists.

Bibi offers inimitably chic assistance in integrating aspects of Swahili design into the modern home, anywhere in the world.

Bibi Jordan was praised by readers and the style-savvy media, including Harper’s Bazaar, which called it ‘a must-have for the style-hungry.’ She has a BA in International Relations and an MA in African Studies, and also studied at the London Film School.

Richard Leakey, a renowned paleoanthropologist and environmentalist, has made international headlines for his work in Kenya. He has authored or co-authored over a hundred scientific articles and books, including 'The Origin of Humankind', 'Origins Reconsidered' and 'The Sixth Extinction'.