New year, new colours
Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Classic Blue, is described by Pantone as “a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection. It's a calming shade of blue that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking". You can read more about the 2020 hue here.
Happy anniversary to Design Indaba 2020 as it celebrates 25 years of cultural invention. See you in Cape Town this February.
Happy New Year *2020* to you all.
Save the date: you're invited to the 2nd Surprise Me Xmas Fair at Tribal Art Gallery Lemaire taking place from 12-21 December. Join us for workshops, films, winetasting and unique xmas gifts. Find the day-to-day programme here. Hope to welcome you!
Just in time for the holidays you can find the latest issue of OOG voor Afrika magazine in store by November 29. Find a sneak peek of the extraordinary Tales of the Congo exhibition in museum De Fundatie in Zwolle and much more Africa inspiration and gift shopping ideas in this issue.
For the latest in (African) tribal art, visit the Amsterdam Tribal Art Fair hosted by Galerie Lemaire; 25-27 Oct 2019 in De Duif in Amsterdam. Moreover, Veilinggebouw de Zwaan organises a special Tribal Art Auction as part of their general art's and antiques sale on Tuesday 5 November. The viewing days are 24-27 Oct.
The Afrovibes Festival is back in town from 3-13 Oct 2019. With the theme Speak Truth to Power this 16th edition brings contemporary makers and artists from South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Uganda, Congo-Kinshasa and the Netherlands>> full programme.
Homes of Africa is organising Taste&Stay @Wijnboerderij Soest on Saturday 21 September, 14-19 hrs. Pop by for some serious food, travel and design inspiration from SA. Hope to see you there!
30 Aug in store: Save the Rhino in our new OOG voor AFRIKA magazine September issue. With our column about WELKOM TODAY, the photography exhibition on the town of WELKOM in South Africa. On view at STEDELIJK AMSTERDAM, until 13 OCTOBER 2019.
Curious? click the COVER for your free preview >>
Don't miss out on the best AFRICA books, performances, exhibitions and a special OOG premiere screening of the SA roadmovie A Fool's Paradise on the 15th of October, follow OOG voor AFRIKA newsletter.
Out now the new OOG voor AFRIKA magazine Spring 2019. Find a free sneak preview here for you to enjoy.
A good start of 2019! We were happy to attend Design Indaba 2019 again, the yearly design conference in Cape Town aiming to create a better world through creativity. See our facebook and instagram page for pictures and behind-the-scenes.
CHRISTMAS FAIR Designer/Maker Market Surprise Me! Art, jewellery and unique gifts at Tribal Art Gallery Lemaire, Reguliersgracht 80 Amsterdam. Join us for a glass of XMas punch at the festive opening on Thu 13 December from 15-19h.
Also open on 14&15 and 20-22 December from 11-18h.
ELEPHANT Stories The new Winter issue of OOG voor AFRIKA magazine now in store. Featuring the leather elephant keyrings by Cape Town based studio Afrographic ???
Get a sneak preview here.
ZA HUIS XMAS MARKET Shop beautiful craft & design and enjoy food and wines from South Africa and live music by Steffie le Roux at the yearly Christmas market at Zuid-Afrika Huis, Keizersgracht 141 Amsterdam on Sunday 25 Nov from 12-16h.
FESTIVAL The weekend of 22&23 September, the Zuid-Afrika Huis in Amsterdam is organising the yearly Festival voor het Afrikaans at Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond with a well-curated mix of theatre, literature, poetry, music and a lively South African market. You can also bring your South African art for valuation by auction house Strauss&Co, with offices in Jo'burg and Cape Town. Hope to see you there!
ANNIVERSARY Wednesday 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.” Make every day Mandela Day and find out what you can do.
OUT NOW March 2018 The new issue of Oog Voor Afrika magazine now in store featuring our blog on well-bred design from Vogel Studio Cape Town.
EXPO Festive expo opening today: Rond de Kraal - from 17 March - 9 June 2018 at Museum De Koperen Knop, a cultural centre in a 16th old farmhouse located in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. With colourful beaded animals from our collection by MonkeyBiz Cape Town.
DESIGN INDABA Helloo Cape Town! We'll be attending Design Indaba from 21-23 Feb. We got a lot of Africa inspiration (click for pictures). For more pics and updates find us on Fb.
EXPO Tell Freedom A new exhibition by 15 young socially engaged South African artists at Kunsthal Kade Amersfoort. From 27 Jan - 6 May 2018. Don't miss the Museumshop to shop some original pieces from our collection.
Tip! On 27 Jan the museum organises a special symposium with keynote talks by Mitchell Esajas and Pauline Burmann. During the exhibition there will also be guided tours. Full programme and registration>>
HAPPY NY Wishing you a Happy New Year with lots of love and sunshine (and lots of rainfall for Cape Town...#watercrisis)
SALON RESIDENCE 28 Sept - 1 Oct 2017 During the 4-day design event SalonResidence held in the revamped Singer Museum in Laren, styling agency Kamer465 showed some unique Africa pieces from our collection in the Travel Suitcase of Roelfien Vos Interior Design Amsterdam, who picked South Africa as her favourite destination. Browse our online collection for your interior inspiration from Africa.
EXPO 22 Sept - 14 October INTERTWINED exhibition at Galerie Lemaire Tribal Art, with our handmade lighting by Heath Nash, baskets by Design Afrika and a wire stool by Feeling Africa. You're invited! Festive opening Friday 22 Sept 15-19 hrs at Reguliersgracht 80, Amsterdam. Read further >>
MUSEUM Sept 2017 Opening Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town.
MAGAZINE June 2017 Find the new summer issue of Oog voor Afrika magazine - with our column on SA design- in store on 22 June. See a preview here.
EXPO March 2017 Exclusive Culitravel kindly invited us to organise a mini expo&talk on our colourful SA design at the celebration of their 12.5 year anniversary at design heaven Droog Design in Amsterdam. Happy anniversary with lots of beautiful travels to SA.
STORE New! Our products now also available in beautiful concept store L'Etoile in Bergen and at Hein's Home in Hilversum.
MAGAZINE Our new column on SA design for Oog voor Afrika magazine in the making. Out soon! Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.
FEATURED 1/12 Our funky yellow Bucket Stool by Cape Town design duo Pedersen& Lennard in Moyi Magazine - a new African lifestyle magazine - Fall 2016. Thank you for the feature Tapiwa Matsinde.
ZA HUIS 19/11 Shop your holiday gifts at the cosy Christmas Market at the beautifully renovated Zuid-Afrika Huis Amsterdam Keizersgracht 141 - and enjoy some great SA wines while you're there.
* 21/10- 4/11 2016 Fall Expo of our SA design at Het Arsenaal in Bergen op Zoom with paintings by Saskia Frinking & other interior design brands. Pop by for some eclectic interior inspiration!
* Sept 2016 Two of our beautiful handwoven lights by Design Afrika selected for VT Wonen TV programme on SBS6 4 Sept 2016! #proud! Only a few pieces left! Pls send us an email for more info on the lights!
* Aug 2016 Our African Nguni heads & handwoven Porcupine baskets featured in VT Wonen magazine.
* June '16 From Africa with love featured in Volkskrant column.
* April '16. Check out our new design column featuring beautiful handwoven African basketry from Design Afrika and Du Noon Urban Weavers in Oog voor Afrika magazine.
* Feb '16 Design Indaba Festival Cape Town, here we come :) ! Check out our FB page for updates!
* Handcrafted leather necklaces by Ilundi Design Cape Town and Babatunde wax print umbrellas now available @charlieandmary at De Hallen, Amsterdam
* Dec '15 Our beautiful tassled leather necklaces by Ilundi Design and wax print umbrellas by #Babatunde from Jo'burg in pop-up store Vintage Curators on Bakenessergracht in Haarlem.
* Nov '15 Our new design column featuring the socially conscious Magpie Art Collective from Barrydale in Oog voor Afrika magazine this month.
* Nov '15 Our beautiful handwoven baskets by Design Afrika featured in VT Wonen again!
* 17-25 Oct 2015 // Dutch Design Week, don't forget to pop by at the stand of Robin Sprong Wallpaper with a very special range of wallcoverings by well known designers from CapeTown SA #sadesign:)
* Sept 2015 // Dutch artist Saskia Frinking invited us to be part of her Africa exhibition in Knokke. On show are her beautiful paintings of African women, as well as a nice collection of ceramics, jewellery, baskets and other items from our collection by Design Afrika, Recreate and Helon Melon, all from SA. Galerie Art at Sea, Zeedijk 686, Knokke-Heist, Belgium, open from 1-27 September 2015. Go and see!
* Summer started early this year! Our products proudly featured in VT Wonen and in Dutch Elle Decoration this June. Recycled paper artwork Africa-Reinvented by SimpleIntrigue, handmade ceramics by Gemma Orkin and stylish handwoven basketry by Design Afrika. Thanks @Craftscurator & Evelien Reich Styling for the sunny article.
* Niice! Nog even geduld #June issue ELLE Decoration NL? See the shoot in progress https://instagram.com/p/1u22YHCwm8/
* 19/3/15 // SA Tourism Media Awards in the beautiful Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam. And .. our products were used to create some special SA flavour during the event. See these posts on our FB page for an impression.
* Meanwhile in Cape Town.. Design Indaba Conference & Expo 2015 from 27 Feb-1 March. Check our FB page for updates!
* Happy 2015 and thank you for your support!
* Oct 2014- Feb 2015 Magical Africa! You can find our products at the museumstore of The Nieuwe Kerk during the Magical Africa exhibition. On till 15 February 2015!
* Volkskrant Design Magazine featured Vogel Design's Nguni Chair in their December 2014 issue.
* Grazie Casa Italia showed a collection of our items in their La Mia Africa special Autumn 2014.
* From Africa with love hotspots and more Cape Town design in Margriet More in September 2014. Thanks @LittleBirdie!
* 27/28 Sept 2014 // This weekend our design was proudly featured in 'L'Afrique c'est chic' by studio IJM in Volkskrant Design Magazine!
* 6-8 Sept Lovely weekend @Maison & Objet Design Fair in Paris
*Thank you Frans @VTWonen for featuring our products in the August 2014 summer edition! Have a look at the pictures.
*Our beautiful Suitcase Chair in olive green by Recreate Cape Town featured in Happinez Magazine this June. Thanks Marita Janssen @Regelmaat.
* The results of the shoot with IJM for the beautiful 150 pages Africa special in French lifestyle magazine IDEAT June 2014 turned out simply stunning. See pics
on our facebook page!
*IDEAT 'probablement le meilleur magazine déco du moment' (just saying!) is not for sale in Holland, but .. sharing is caring so we picked up a few extra copies during our holiday in France, contact us if you're interested.
* Handwoven lights and baskets by Design Afrika, and other pieces from our collection were used at two photoshoots with talented photographer and stylist Paulina Arcklin at Studio13 in Amsterdam.
* May 3, FD Persoonlijk mentioned us in a great article on Cape Town World Design Capital as the place to be in Amsterdam for SA design. Thanks to editor Jonathan Ursem from Label Orange, Capetown. We were also interviewed for Oog voor Afrika magazine in their May issue. Dankie Marjolein Westerterp!
* If you're in the area pop by in the Goods4home pop up store in Enschede, for some South African interior inspiration on the expo 'Goods with Roots', with paintings by Saskia Frinking as well as items from our collection. On from 22 May- 29 June. You're welcome to join for opening drinks (think SA wines) on Wednesday 22 May from 18:00 hrs.
A quick update on what's going on at FAWL after we got back from an inspiring Design Indaba in Cape Town.
The end of March the From Africa with love exhibit in Amstelveen came to an end, it was well-received, thanks again for all the lovely feedback and reactions.
Lots of new things happening this spring: new arrivals from Cape Town (eg beautiful handwoven baskets from #DesignAfrika, pics on our website soon), a great Africa themed (what else) photoshoot with our products for studio IJM, new products featured in VT Wonen, Happinez and other magazines this summer, and a selection of our products for sale at the new L'Etoile Conceptstore in Schoorl, opening 1st of May! If you'd like to stay updated please sign up for our newsletter via our contact page. Chat soon!
DESIGN INDABA 2014
Excited to be in Cape Town for Design Indaba Conference & Expo this month, not in the least because we received media accreditation this year! Dubbed "the Conference on Creativity", the Design Indaba Conference is all about how design, creativity and innovation can positively impact the world.
Follow me on Facebook.com/fromafricawithlove to receive regular updates on what's happening here!
WDC2014 + new expo till 31.3.2014
With an eye to Cape Town being World Design Capital 2014 we've organised a new expo 'From Africa with love - Contemporary design from SA' at Bibliotheek Amstelland, in close collaboration with ArtPartner, creative agency CMK/1, and No House Wine.
More than 120 people braved the elements and joined us for the festive opening with a design talk by Cathal McKee, and bubbly by No House Wine on Tuesday 11 February. Many thanks to everyone who made it a special eve! See the blogposts and pics via Art-Partner.nl and Bibliotheek Amstelland. See more info on designers & mini expo catalogue.
For more info on the expo see our Facebookevent. Expo is on till end of March. Visiting hours: Mon-Thu 11-20/Fri 10-18/Sat 10-17 hrs.
If you like more information on the designers & pieces shown at the expo, don't hesitate to contact us.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
Thank you for your support and see you soon in 2014! .
And .. 2014 also marks the start of Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014! Find the latest info by clicking the happy yellow button>>
6 December 2013 World premiere of new film about Mandela's life: Long Walk to Freedom
#5 December 2013 RIP Nelson Mandela, thank you for your courage and inspiration.
Afrovibes Festival coming up from Thursday 14 till Sunday 17 November. See full programme here. Enjoy!
Yes, we're featured in VT Wonen this month, in their not-to-miss Cape Town design special! Pics on our Facebook page! Thank you marleen vos @littlebirdie SA!
10-25 Oct Web contest on Mijn Zuid-Afrika.nl! Make a moodboard of your favourite SA trip and win great prizes eg. our funky Rhino pencil cases by Cape Town conservation-conscious art collective Ikstingkt.
To participate visit Mijn Zuid-Afrika Reis website! Winners will be announced on 1 November on FB.
Save the date 27-29 Sept 2013 for Elle Deco Inside Design 2013! Find us in the Elle Deco stand @LobsterHouse Frederiksplein 6-8 hs, also the starting point of this year's design route. Buy tickets online or at the door. Hope to see you all there!
We enjoyed an inspiring trip to London Design Week last week! Besides visiting Tent/Superbrands at the Old Truman Brewery we went for the curated tour at Graphic Africa, a funky exhibition of 20 leading African designers at Habitat, King's Road, London. On show are a beautiful range of furniture, textiles, fashion accessories and ceramics, carefully sourced from all over Africa. From SA joined Imiso Ceramics, Dokter & Misses, textile designer Ronél Jordaan, as well as Heath Nash, showing new recycled glass work he recently designed @Kitengela Glass studio in Nairobi, Kenya. Still on till 20 October. Go and visit! See our FB pics here.
New! Posticks and Postcard Happiness by Cape Town designer Tatjana Buisson in the latest Flow Magazine! Thank you Corine @Cster Communications! Psst now also available in Belgium @Couleur Locale!
Our cute linen Suitcase Chair by Recreate in Volkskrant Magazine Interior Special on Saturday 24 Aug!
We're mentioned in SAA inflight magazine July 2013 in a feature on Cape Town's upcycled furniture brand Recreate (yes, from the Suitcase Chairs). Pretty cool! Well spotted @NadineHeshusius!
<<Go with the Flow! Proud to have our überhip genuine leather jewellery by Trinket Design featured in Flow Magazine this month! Thank you Corine @Cster! See our collection for more info!
18 July Mandela Day! South Africa is preparing for International Mandela Day on which businesses, nongovernmental organisations and ordinary South Africans are expected to dedicate 67 minutes of their day to doing something good for others. Read more >>
Out now! VT Wonen Fluo special! Featuring brand new items from this year's Design Indaba: our handwoven clutch with orange handle by Design Afrika, beautiful new photo prints by Keri Muller 'all good things are wild and free' and funky yellow binder-necklace by Guidemore Chigama! See close up pics on