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Toghal Riverbed Print

Behind the print: Riverbed

Going behind the print One of the things we love most about doing events such as Africa Utopia and The Barbican Christmas Market, is all the interesting conversations we get into with you! We’re often asked about the inspiration behind our designs and for this reason, we’ve decided to start a new series on our blog: ‘behind the […]


Olafur Eliasson’s Riverbed Installation

Imagine moving 180 tonnes of Icelandic gravel into a building and then running your own stream through it? Not many people get the chance to dream-think such an audacious idea, and then get to see it happen in real life.    Olafur Eliasson’s installation at the Louisiana Museum is yet another experiment in allowing art […]

Samba Dancer - SFmission from Flickr

Music from Brazil

A lot of the samba music in Brazil is inspired by African rhythms. The centre of Afro-Brazilian music is Salvador in Bahia, apparently. The video below is an example of music played and danced to. While learning to move sinuously to the music might be a tough ask, weaker bodies will find it easier to […]

Photo Credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Afro-Brazilian Art

World Cup fever spread to museums and art, and the MFA in Boston have an excellent one on the Samba Spirit, with the headline painting being one by Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, a seamstress (and therefore close to our textile hearts) and a self-taught artist. A further 11 Brazilian artists of African heritage are represented […]

Photo Credit: The Hammock Store

Brazilian Hammocks

With the World Cup nearing the end, we thought a quick review of things Brazilian might be in order. This week we will cover 5 lovely things-Brazilian. First up, the amazing double-sized hammock. It can either be one person therein ensconced within deep sides, or they can easily take two people sitting side by side […]

Photo Credit: BBC Food

Strawberries and Alcohol

It’s the end of the week and you’ve spent a great deal of time watching other people run around on a rectangle edged with white markings, hitting energetically at a ball. Thank goodness there’s only one more weekend before you can get back to your normal sporty routine. Settle yourself into a Toghal folding canvas […]