Arts,History of Africa,People

Ba Kota reliquary

2 Apr , 2018  

Wooden figures covered with brass or copper sheeting are placed by the BaKota over a package containing simple bones of outstanding ancestors. The form was developed to display as much of the valuable metal as possible. (Juan Gris made a copy of one in cardboard in 1922)

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Arts,History of Africa,People

Punu masks

2 Feb , 2018  

White faced mask of type used by the BaKota, BaLumbo, BaPunu, Mpongwe and several other tribes. Documented pieces have been collected among all these peoples. Among th BaPunu the wearer dances on sitis

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Arts,History of Africa,People

FANG

8 Jan , 2018  

Mask made by the Fang, given in 1905 to Maurice Vlaminck whom sold it to Andre Derain. It was seen also by Picasso and Matisse. This was not the first African sculpture to attract Valminck, but it appears to be the only one from this time wich is still certainly identificable.

 

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Arts,Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle,History of Africa,People

JUJU HATS

30 Aug , 2017  

Jujus are a fetish piece of art for most interior designers around the globe and one of the best kept secrets and they are used as a visual attraction. Due to this fact, jujus have achieved great popularity.

Designs with juju hats provide texture to walls with an exceptional touch of glamour due to the natural feathers of birds.

Depending on the season, you can combine jujus in different areas of your house. If you wish to use them for a wall composition, you can use vivid and bright colours in summer. In winder choose neutral tones and jujus with natural feathers at any time.

You can also try with a sequence of progressive colours and include bicolour or multicoloured jujus.

The main colour of juju has to match with the colour of some decorative element found in the area. On the walls painted with dark colours you can use light and white jujus.

You can decorate the living room, entrance hall, dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchen or bathroom. They can also be placed outdoors (if you avoid exposure to high temperatures).

 

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Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle

COZY PROVENCE

16 Sep , 2016  

Provence style will fill the house with warmth and coziness, make it comfortable and welcoming. Simplicity, restraint, kindness, and light characterize this famous interior style directly related to the natural beauty of the French region

 

COLOUR PALETTE

 

The main palette of this style reflects the natural colours of Provence: beige and milky, white and lavender, warm terracotta and sienna, bright colours of sunflowers, azure sea, refreshing wet sand and ecru. they fill up the house with serenity and tranquility.

 

FURNITURE

 

Comfortable and simple Provence style furniture has a clear geometric lines and hand made from solid walnut, chestnut or oak, painted in the main style’s colours. The furniture fronts are especially charming decorated with artificial chips and scrapes, shallow holes as if eaten with bugs. Provence style reflects the natural beauty of southern France with its flowers, birds and butterflies.

 

TABLEWARE AND KITCHEN UTENSILS

 

Tableware and kitchen utensils are very important in a Provence house being a guardian of family traditions, a family legacy, and beautifying the interior decoration. Decorated with artistic representation of bouquets, countryside pictures and floral watercolors table sets and individual items will look great and tablecloths of unbleached linen and cotton with floral motifs or traditional stripes. it should be noted that the French prefer mixing and combining of items, and there can be plates from different set on table, and antiques porcelain will easily appear next to some rustic handmade pottery.

 

 

DECOR

The décor of Provence style house is delicate and elegant, with a touch of time and history; or rather patina and artisan crackle technique. Therefore, forged decorative objects, small tables with tracery deco, birdcages, all sorts of ‘lacy’ elements perfectly complement the style. Moreover, the house should be filled with flowers. In fabrics and furniture’s deco, fresh bouquets, and even in breakfast desserts.

 

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Our trips

NOMADIC BOHO

27 Apr , 2016  

Boho style has its roots in the French Word ‘boheme’ and the artistic bohemian concept.

 

Boho interior style is rich, versatile, colorful and relaxed, as the life of the nomads discovering new lands.

 

COLOUR PALETTE

 

The colour palette of this style is bright and intense: orange, yellow, purple, ultramarine and fuchsia make the house cheerful and cozy.

 

A boho-house is magnificently decorated with textiles, draperies, blankets, pillows, bright covers for furniture, carpets, exactly as the nomadic people do.

 

DÉCOR TIPS

 

  • Use the play of contrasting colours, patterns and textures, collages and applications to create a dynamic and bright interior
  • Old beat up furniture will be most welcome here
  • Feel free to mix ethnic styles and season the interior with eastern or colonial accessories
  • Give preference to environmentally friendly natural materials and handmade objects brought from the trips and reminding you of the romance and adventure of the road.

 

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CHARM OF THE SHABBY CHIC STYLE

17 Mar , 2016  

This wonderful mix of elements of English cottages, French chateaux, Tuscan villas and Mediterranean houses exists only a couple of decades, but captured the hearts and entered the homes of many connoisseurs of the most luxurious interiors. Shabby chic is not a word but a lifestyle, romantic with careless attitude to things. Sometimes it is even called ‘shabby elegance’

 

FABRICS

 

Very gentle and romantic, this style creates its image on the subtle combination of tulle fabrics with a rustic lace, satin frills and handmade embroidery with floral ornamentation.

 

FURNITURE

 

Vintage, painted in several layers furniture with clear scuffmarks, upholstered in natural fabric best of all reflects the romantic mood of those who prefer shabby chic style.

 

DECOR TIPS

 

  • lights for your home décor can be found at any European flea market: look for the chandeliers with glass or crystal pendants or lampshades of frosted glass with an aged bronze header
  • There at the market also look for the porcelain figurines, light colored tableware with delicate floral décor, painted metal accessories that will add a special charm to the shabby chic style interior.

 

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Decor and Architecture

KILIM

21 Oct , 2015  

The term kilim comes from Turkish and Eastern Persian. It means “covering”. Kilims are flat tapestry carpets woven by passing the weave through the warp; this is one of its uniqueness that determines its design. Geometric patterns are the most common: Diagonal lines mainly forming reversed diamonds and triangles that are spread across the design, by creating a border or following a pattern, some of them with symmetrical patterns covering the entire bottom of the carpet. As well as decorations, colours give an ideal touch to kilims: Maroon, blue, dark brown.

 

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Cities and Countries,Decor and Architecture,History of Africa

WATCH OUT! ARABIC DECORATION IS A EUROPEAN REALITY

3 Sep , 2015  

The exotic dramatic quality of Arabic decoration is extraordinary. A means of escape from the industrialised western decoration so overly confused as to what it aims to aspire to in terms of luxury and the limitation of its resources to serialised, repetitive and angular constructions offering furnishings with laboratory materials resulting in simply pale imitations of the past.

 

Nature, colour, constructive sets, exquisite materials,  engaging ambiences, etc. all of these attract us the decoration projected through magazines as samples of a new luxury concept.

 

However, is Arabic decoration truly Arabic? Contemporary Arabic culture does not offer, except on rare occasions, any of these aesthetic principles. Even its aspiration is to foolishly mock western standards adding a further over-top-touch, ostentatiousness and bad taste.

 

In truth that sample of an aesthetic universe based on traditional Arabic culture has been recreated by western foreigners (refined and well-to-do foreign with new horizons free from the inherent atavisms of the west).

 

Even the recovery of traditional trade, handicrafts and pieces form part of this trend. There is still room for many unanswered questions on philosophical, political, anthropological and religious grounds, although there is plenty of time for them to be asked. The idea has been thrust forward; Arabic decoration is in fact European decoration.

 

It is worthwhile underlining that this is no way conditions the enjoyment and delight we take from a truly fascinating decorative model that is destined to make us reconsider interior design in the west.

 

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Cities and Countries,Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle,Foods

AFRICAN AESTHETIC IN TANGIER’S FINEST RESTAURANT. LA FABRIQUE

18 Aug , 2015  

 

This restaurant located in the Rue d’Anglaterre is –in the opinion of the members of “The African Blog” – one of the best in Tangiers. Both the French cuisine as well as well as impressive levels of customer care and quality services are far removed from the stereotypes one normally finds in Morocco. Furthermore, its decoration, in keeping with the trend for more exclusive spaces in Morocco, manages to incorporate elements of darkest Africa with an industrial vintage motif, all meaning that La Fabrique is a standout restaurant in Tangiers.

 

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