• Nguni Head
  • Hat Rack
  • Elephant Keyrings
  • African Photo Prints
  • Africa Re-invented
  • Cape Town Bus route
  • Tetris Africa
  • Bird Watcher
  • Rhinos
  • Ipad Sleeve
  • Branch Hooks
  • Cactuses
  • African Baskets
  • Spool Knitted Art Work
  • Zebra Head
  • Leather Jewellery
  • African Nguni Head

    Stylish African Nguni head sculpture in various timber options.

    Designed by John Vogel Design, Cape Town. 

    Available in 3 sizes:

    Large: approx 540 w x 600 ht x 150 d mm

    Medium: approx 370 w x 430 ht x 70 d mm

    Small: approx 180 w x 220 ht x 40 d mm

    Colours: various options such as beautiful ash or iroko timber, in a number of oil finishings such as clear or white oil.

    Large Nguni's also available with colour-dipped horns.
    Can be used as a welcoming wall or coat hook or simply as beautiful decoration.

    Known for their spectacularly coloured coats and resilience, Nguni cattle have become a symbol of abundance and the sweeping South African plains, and are well known for their spectacular long horns. John Vogel reinterprets the grass-grazing animal with the Nguni Head. Each wood sculpture is handcrafted at the designer’s Cape Town studio.

    About Vogel Design
    John Vogel trained as an architect and first started creating furniture as a student.
    Having worked in many materials, his strongest affinity is for timber and most of his inspiration comes from the natural world and the exploration of organic forms. Working with the pretext that the state of our consciousness is proportional to the quality of our relationship with nature, the focus of his work is to create simple and imaginative pieces which create connections between people and the natural world.

    As a company Vogel explores new and original applications for existing craft and technologies, creating original products which contribute to a new South African design language while remaining focused on producing furniture that is beautifully finished, functional and timeless.

    The Vogel workshop is based in Woodstock, Cape Town where John designs, prototypes and manufactures in-house to supply quality products to anywhere in the world.

    John believes strongly in sustainability and therefore Vogel’s business model is circular in metabolism: tree planting through projects like Greenpop is funded from products sold, and in time more wood is being replaced than used.


  • It's beautiful here Hat Rack

    A welcoming hat rack, coat rack or wall/kitchen decoration stating: 'It's beautiful here'.

    Hand formed wire letters on a hand-bent wire frame, bound with copper, re-used colour-coated telephone wire., incl 4 eyes for easy wall-hanging

    Designed by Heath Nash and entirely handmade in his studio in Cape Town by his team of skilled wireworkers and craftsmen.

    Colours available: multi-coloured text on white background, black on white background, all-white and all-black

    Size: approx 104 cm l x 15 cm h x 14 cm d.

    Easy mail delivery! Contact us for details.

    <Please click small pictures to enlarge>

    The Beautifuls were also featured in VT Wonen magazine as Editor's pick in Sept and Nov 2011! 

    below left: Beautiful in multi-colour on white background - right: Beautiful in black on white background

    VT Wonen magazine Sept 2011 Its Beautiful Here Editors favourite 

    VT Wonen magazine Nov 2011 Its Beautiful here in black

  • Elephant and mini Elephant keyrings

    New new new! Adorable Elephant keyrings made in veg-tan leather from off-cuts of leather bags.

    These leather pieces are entirely handcrafted by the dedicated ladies of Afrographic, a Cape Town based design studio and social enterprise. All their pieces are made by talented women from the townships of Cape Town, South Africa.
    Recently we added also addd some cute little Giraffe keyrings to our collection!

    Choose from Classic Ele's, baby ele's or little giraffes, all with elegant metal keyring.

    Classic Ele's and Giraffe available in 3 colours: red, tan or black.
    Size Ele: approx 7 x 6 cm. Size Giraffe: approx 12x 7 cm.

    Baby Ele's available in: red, ochre, tan, brown, black, blue and (olive) green.
    Size approx 3 cm.

    Psst! All of Africa's Big 5 animals (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino) are available as keyrings upon request.

    Baby Elephants in purple, black, red and brown

    Mother and Baby Ele, in Black

    Little Giraffe in Tan


    YES, I want one!  Drop me an email at mariette@fromafricawithlove.nl

  • Paper Art and Photo Prints by Keri Muller

    Keri Muller lives and works in Kalk Bay, close to Cape Town, South Africa. She is a talented maker of stuff.
    She folds, glues and cuts paper and old books into artworks, traditional origami shapes and more abstract pieces. Collecting and hoarding abandoned objects and books and giving them another life through artworks forms the basis of much of her work.

    Popup books and cards, delicate paper mobiles and a humorous range of sketch prints are all part of her affordable retail range of products. A rather energetic imagination contributes to her stories about funny ornament animals she rescues and creating whimsical drawings and words for print form a large part of her work as well.

    Keri does work on commission for all types of writing projects be it travel or products related and does also do large scale installations often involving paper. This work is all done on request and she works closely with the client to produce what they would like whether it be for a publication, a new product, a corporate function, a wedding or a special gift. 

    We are proud to be the only stockist for Keri's work in the Netherlands.

    Photo prints/Paper Africa/Pop Up Cards/Origami Bird Earrings

    Her beautiful photo prints are available with various quotes, see examples below:

    {All good things are wild and free}

    {It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are}

    {Come sit and dream with me}


    Photo credits SimpleIntrigue/Keri Muller


  • Handmade Africa Re-invented

    Beautiful paper art called 'Africa Re-invented' - by creative talent Keri Muller, who lives and works in the quaint village of Kalk Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa.

    Keri Muller is a talented maker of stuff. She folds, glues and cuts paper and old books into artworks, traditional origami shapes and more abstract pieces.
    Collecting and hoarding abandoned objects and books and giving them another life through artworks forms the basis of much of her work.

    Pop-up books and cards, delicate paper mobiles, origami birds as earrings and a humorous range of sketch prints are all part of her affordable retail range of products. A rather energetic imagination contributes to her stories about funny ornament animals she rescues and creating whimsical drawings and words for print form a large part of her work as well. 

    The Africa artwork is available in 3 sizes;
    Small - 400x500x150 mm - approx 2.8 kg 
    Medium - 450x600x150 mm - approx 3.2 kg
    or Large - 600x750x120 mm - approx 4 kg. 

    Easy shipping with GLS. 

    Please contact us for more info.

  • Canvas Cape Town Busroute

    This cool canvas 'Cape Town Busroute' shows the beachy stops along the bus route around the Cape Peninsula.
    This certainly brings back sunny memories! 

    Good quality print in black and white (chalkboard style) on canvas.

    Size: 81 cm  w x 180 cm h (not framed). If you like to have it framed email us for info. 

    Can be put on the floor for an atelier look but also easy to put up against your wall. 


    << The canvas was featured in VT Wonen Sept '11. 


    Now also available in version 'Cool Cities', such as Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Sydney and .. Cape Town!


    Easy shipping in carton mail tube. Email us for info and prices! 


     The Canvas at expo @Friday Next Spring 2011. Photo courtesy of @BintyHome.

  • Tetris Africa

    Wooden art work by TETRIS* AFRICA by Durban-based graphic designer
    Michael van Heerden. 

    With his funky 3D wood art, Mike was the proud winner of the Most Creative Stand
    award at Cape Town's Design Indaba 2012. 

    Solid wood, painted blocks in Tetris colours white, brown and cyan 

    Size 59 cm h x 54.5 cm l x 4 cm w.

    Also in our collection: Dear John

    Natural wood, solid wooden heart, laser cut text DEAR JOHN

    (stool not included)

    Size approx 52 cm l x 21 cm h

    * Remember the 80s? TETRIS is the tile-matching puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov in the Soviet Union, released on June 6, 1984. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra- (all of the game's pieces contain four segments) and tennis, Pajitnov's favorite sport. While versions of Tetris were sold for a range of 1980s home computer platforms as well as the arcades, it was the hugely successful handheld version for the Game Boy launched in 1989 that established the game as one of the most popular ever. Electronic Gaming Monthly's 100th issue had Tetris in first place as "Greatest Game of All Time".
    source: Wikipedia



  • Bird Watcher

    Co-designed by Warren Lewis, Porky Hefer's cool birdhouse acts as a deterrent for uninvited visitors as it can be mounted outside, either on a tree or against the wall.

    Material: wooden birdhouse on metal stand. Easy wall fitting.

    Colour: light grey

  • Ex·tinct [ik-stingkt] : adjective 1. horny, alive & free

    IkStingkt is a conservation-conscious collaborative platform from SA by Nix Davies and Scott Irving that aims to include and interact with the everyday person through art, design products, conservation and education.

    A total of 25% of the profit of each of their products goes directly into conservation and education.

    Right now, the Rhinoceros is their focus. Later this year they will introduce other endangered animal design products to support specific conservation programs.

    Currently, there is a life-size Rhino exhibition at Side Street Studios in Woodstock, Cape Town. The life-size Rhinos are part of a large-scale public artwork that raises the conscious awareness of the long-term effects of our actions as humans on the environment. See the heart-warming video of the opening night on Vimeo!

    Buy Your Own little Rhino! They are available as 

    * Magazine/Flower stand (use glass jar), plywood, with cool leather tag, size approx 33 cm 

    * Pencil stand, logo on the side in black, size approx
    13 cm.
    Shipping in matching plywood box with Ikstingkt-logo.

    NB 5 lucky readers can win the baby Rhino pencil stand by making a moodboard of your favourite SA trip on Mijn Zuid-Afrika reis! Visit Mijn- Zuid-Afrika reis for more info on how to participate. On till 25 October 2013!

    See more pictures on our Facebook page.

    After you've purchased your own little Rhino, please show him to the world and join the Global Exhibition:

  •     Handwoven Ipad Sleeves - The Kraal Gallery 


    The Kraal Gallery is a passionate South African family business that trains, employs and empowers women to become qualified master weavers and individual fibre artists. They have a weavery in Gnadendal and run a store+gallery in Stellenbosch, outside of Cape Town.


    The lovely people at The Kraal Gallery are dedicated to weaving, its forms, its colours, its patience, its temperament but above all to the way each fibre links to form a stronger yarn and then a beautiful tapestry which we can call life.


    The Kraal Gallery is socially and environmentally committed to best practices and to creating hundreds of jobs through comprehensive skills transfer and ongoing training. Its products are fantastic, its vision international and it is busy weaving a bright, vibrant future that hopefully encourages others to follow their duty and assist their fellow man in whatever way they are capable.

    Size: 30 x 22 cm, closes with leather strap 

    New in our collection Spring 2013! The Ipad Sleeves are available in various colours. We have a small selection on stock. Feel free to contact us for more info & pictures! 



  • Branch Hooks 

    Original Branch Hooks - clever little hooks to hang away your things. Beautiful in a line-up in your kitchen or hall way!

    Handy wall hooks that appear to grow naturally out of your wall. Made of re-used woods from non-indigenous trees from Table Mountain Nature Reserve, South Africa. Within the context of this project indigenous species are carefully replanted.

    Incl plug and screw for easy wall-hanging

    Designed and handcrafted by designer Ian Kelynack for his label Isle of Trees/I love Trees 'Furniture for your environment' based in Cape Town, SA.

    Colours available: natural wood, and new new new! in eco-friendly spray paint in various colours- incl fluo!

    Size: approx 15 cm.

    Read more on Isle of Trees in our press section; VISI Magazine SA, Feb 2012 and EH&I SA Special Aug 2012 (page 166)


  • Cactus Project

     A funky collection of 100% handcrocheted cactuses and succulents, designed by Projekt. Simply too cute!

    Projekt, set up by creative talent Peta Becker is a skills training initiative based in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Projekt members live in the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement and come from different parts of Southern Africa, bringing their own traditions to their work and style. Members mostly work with fine cotton and a very fine hook, creating scarves, jewellery and decorative items to meet the changing needs of the international market. Projekt is delighted to be collaborating with Heartworks to form Curious Room – a fresh initiative, where they can experiment with new materials and processes

    The cacti and other little plants were proudly presented at this year's Design Indaba fair in Cape Town, SA.

    You can choose from various dimensions, from tiny ones to extra large cactuses, and with or without flower!

    Send me a quick email if you like to know which ones we still have on stock!

    Elle Deco SA, Spring 2012: '.. these curious-looking cacti from Projekt still have us smiling wide. These plush hand-knitted veld flowers by Peta Becker, owner and designer of Projekt, is another one of our Design Indaba favourites'.

    More on the Curious Room:

    The Curious Room in Woodstock is a new space curated by Margaret Woermann and Peta Becker for their experimental work. Invited craft producers, designer-makers and artisans are collaborating in exploratory and flexible ways. It’s also a great place for lovers of unique craft and design to buy or order special, unusual items. The lab was created as “an opportunity for collaboration”, say Margaret Woermann of Heartworks and Peta Becker of Projekt. “It’s an antidote to virtual online shopping, part of the slow movement. You can feast your eyes and soul upon extreme, one-off decorative and homeware objects.”

    Set up in late 2011, the Curious Room was a hit when officially launched at the recent Design Indaba Expo.

  • Handwoven African baskets and gourds 

    Stylish African baskets, bins, and gourds sourced from all over Africa by Binky Newman, owner of studio Design Afrika in Cape Town.

    All items are 100% handmade from natural fibres and make beautiful functional or deco items.

    Various shapes and sizes available. One of our favourites is the Porcupine basket.  
    Can be used as original home deco, plant pot, storage item or paper bin.

    Available in sizes:
    Medium: approx 28 cm x 28 cm
    Large: approx 45 x 38 x 38 cm

    The Porcupine is adapted from a traditional western Ndebele style. It uses a sharp part of the ilala palm, and is woven around an old paint pot. Available in natural palm.
      FAWL_Design Afrika handmade Porcupine basket

    Another bestseller are the 'Garlic' or 'Onion' shaped large handwoven Gourds. Sizes medium, large and XL.

    Easy shipping! Contact us for more info.

    NEW! Summer shoppers in natural reed or natural/black zigzag pattern and handmade plastic shoppers in sunny colours.

    Featured in VT Wonen TV programme 4 Sept 2016 the handwoven lamp in natural reed with cover in beautiful natural/greyish linen:

    Natural Clutch and clutch in Black&Naturel with funky fluo handle
    also featured in VT Wonen Fluo Special Summer 2013

    Our Missoni black and white ZigZag baskets featured in VT Wonen Summer 2015. Available in small and medium. Can also be used with an inner vase with a large green leaf.

    Elle Deco NL featured a nice mix of our handwoven African basketry in their Summer 2015 issue.

    New in stock! Funky handwoven Xhosa 'French bread' baskets!
    Perfect for your al-fresco lunch or dinner table setting or original wall decoration.

    African brooms
    in various colours and sizes.

    STYLING TIP: combine a Nguni Bar Stool by Vogel Design with a few handwoven African baskets on the wall!
    Batonga Isangwa baskets in various patterns, always on stock in various sizes. Send enquiry.

    For more basketry see the colourful BBC News slide show Zimbabwe's basket cases! Including the hand woven Squid lights by SA designer Heath Nash, also availabe through our website.

  • Funky spool knitted art work by Xandre Kriel

    Multi-colour 100% handmade giant spool knitted art work by Cape Town designer and photographer Xandre Kriel, incl free video the Making of!

    Xandre Kriel is also known for his cool stackable Miggi stools, also available via our website and used in Cape Town's hotspots Superette in Woodstock, and art hotel Daddy Longlegs.

    Materials used: wooden frame and colourful telephone wire, to give it that African touch!

    Can also be used as original lampshade.

    Height: 36 cm x approx 40 cm diameter. 

  • Handcrafted Zebra head

    A beautiful handcrafted Zebra head out of paper mache, skilfully made by township artist Melvin based in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Material: paper mache on wire metal frame, handpainted

    Can also be used as a funky wall light (fitting to be added).

    Size: approx 45 height x 38 width

    Featured in VT Wonen April 2013



  • Leather Jewellery

    New new new! Adorable and funky jewellery by Trinket Design, established by designer Elske Nel in 2009.

    Trinket, based in Durban, South Africa, creates beautiful leather bracelets and rings, that have a 3-dimensional existence of their own. Trinket Design creates highly crafted, quirky jewellery pieces for high-spirited and experimental accessory lovers. 

    Choose your favourite design from the chart below (click picture to enlarge):

    To name a few: Bird, Bunny, Flower, Protea and Asymmetric designs. Pictured on the left: Bird design Large.

    100% genuine leather with laser cut out

    Please note that the cuffs are 'one size fits all' - with three adjustable loops. Total length approx 180-200mm.

    Available in:
    Small - max width approx. 60-70mm
    Medium -max width approx 80-90 mm
    Large - max width approx 120-130 mm

    Available in 4 colours

    • natural leather
    • tan leather
    • dark chocolate brown leather
    • black leather


    Original pieces that will spice up every outfit!

    If you would like to order your Trinket jewellery, please send us an email now!

    Trinket Design also produces a special range of brooches from steel, perspex and wood for every occasion. Contact us for more info & pics!