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Contemporary Design Africa

Q&A with the author of Contemporary Design Africa

    Tapiwa Matsinde, a graphic designer and brand consultant, launched her blog Atelier Fifty-Five, one of our favourite resources on African design, as a personal project to gather inspiring work she came across. But after a few years doing so, she saw potential for a book — and so did Thames & Hudson, which published Contemporary Design […]

The Art of African Textiles - Front Cover

Introducing Duncan Clarke

We are excited to introduce our first guest blogger, Duncan Clarke, who is a specialist on West African textiles.   He runs the fabulous shop Adire African Textiles, based in Alfie’s Antique Market in London, where he nurtures a veritable treasure trove of exquisite vintage textile finds. He travels regularly to West Africa to investigate […]


A textile (hi)story

I recently read a rather astonishing history book. A quick glance at the cover doesn’t promise much. Rather undistinguished, looking as if no effort was expended in its design. Typeset using the barest of basics: a serifed Times Roman-y font in orange on a black background, placed between some supremely clashable bands of red. The […]