Described as one of the most important events in the artisan and design sector, Afrika Handmade will take over the Village Market food court from 3-5 November 2017, 9am to 6pm.
Known for its exemplary curation, Afrika Handmade showcases the best artisan and design from across the East African region, focusing exclusively on home and garden.
This year, the showcase will feature among others, top furniture brands Two by Four, Rusty Fundi, L’Équipée and Unity Makers all of whom will unveil new collections.
In textiles and soft furnishings, Ziwani Weavers, Tosheka Textiles and Jambo Women from Nanyuki will bring their ‘A’ game, with their handwoven home furnishings and bed linen.
Visiting ceramicists Byentaro Ceramics (Uganda) and Majorie Wallace (Zimbabwe) have sold out in previous events and we are sure this time will be no different.
In the gifting category, Malkia Interiors and Gifts from Nakuru will offer a great variety of items from well known brands including Mango Patch and Krafty Artz.
The exhibition will for the first time also see Afrika Handmade launch an exclusive collection, made specifically for the brand. These products will include tabletop woodwork and ceramics, baskets,, throws, rugs and cushions made in collaboration with a local textile design studio.
We look forward to seeing you there. We can guarantee it will be worth it.
Afrika Handmade showcases the best artisan and design from across the East African region, focusing exclusively on home and garden.
As a child watching his grandmother create pottery, Moses made his career choice early in life. “I would watch her for hours, fascinated by the movement of her hands as she worked the clay,” he recalls.Fast forward to 2016 and his biggest achievement came with the opening of his own studio in Mukono, a town 27km East of Kampala. “Although I had been practicing for 7 years, it is only recently that I felt ready to fly solo.”
His distinctive monochromatic aesthetic has already made him one of the most recognizable ceramic brands in the region.
L’Équipée is a Nairobi-based design studio founded by Lilo Chaumont and her daughter Justine. They produce furniture and various home accents, in collaboration with 19 artisans.
Keeping in mind that skill is refined in open mindedness rather than in fancy machinery, L’Équipée have found the sweet spot to be in creative dialogue; “in Nairobi, everything is discussed whilst rigorous planning and modelling are cast aside. These conversations result in unpretentious and quirky creations, with each piece telling a story” says Lilo.
Each project is a challenge for L’Équipée; challenges that the studio’s artisans take up with their ingenuity. ”
Established in 2012, Malkia Interiors and Gifts is a concept retail outlet based in Nakuru, Kenya. The store is dedicated to providing a sustainable demand for locally produced artisanal products.
Kamaldeep, the founder says that the store’s strength comes from the fact that they source from all over the country, with quality and innovation being the main requirements. “It's about striking that fine balance - because we want the customer to have the best possible in terms of aesthetics and functionality, and the artisans to obtain the highest value for their labours.” All products are made from 100% Kenyan raw material like stone and wood sourced in an environmentally friendly manner."
Some of the brands represented at the store include Krafty Artz, Mango Patch and Shuka Duka. ”
Rusty Fundi ingeniously merges wrought iron and reclaimed wood in an industrial, rustic finish of functional art into your workspace or home. Blending the clean lines of bare metal with the organic, natural weathering of timber, Rusty Fundi produces a striking finish that stands the test of time in usage and aesthetic.
With an already established range of products to choose from, or incorporating their design team for your own personal touch, you can be sure their creations will get everybody talking for years to come. And should you have something out of the ordinary you would like help bringing to life, Jonathan and his team are happy to hear your ideas.
Founded in 2010 by Lucy and Herman Bigham, Tosheka Textiles is registered as a Limited company in Kenya and the US.
Specializing in the production of eco-friendly textiles for home, apparel and accessories, the company has firmly established itself as the go-to place for innovative textile production.
Two by Four is an upcoming interior architecture and design studio offering design consultancy within the residential and commercial realm.
Creating a select line of products including the living pod, furniture, cabinetry, and accessories, design duo Kwekwe and Jeremy are inspired by Nairobi’s vibrant urban-maker culture.
For the Afrika Handmade 2017 popup, Two by Four has created Mbili, a thoughtfully designed, Afropolitan inspired line of home and office furniture & accessories. This collection embodies a minimalist form yet appears bold, modern and playful through an intentional use of vibrant colors, pattern and simple angular forms. It sits light on its feet and appeals to an audience that appreciates simple forms, multi-functional use and unapologetic boldness.
Founded in 2014, Unity Makers is a bespoke furniture company in Nairobi that designs and produces contemporary furniture.
The company’s mission is to become the leading furniture design and production house in Kenya and the region, identified for contemporary minimalist design with stunning detail and response to function, all the while delivering first class customer care. Careful to use only locally sourced raw material, Unity Maker’s products are designed by young and talented designers and handcrafted by experienced technicians.
Ziwani Weavers is a family-owned business specializing in the spinning and weaving of hand woven blankets, carpets and shawls.
Joseph, who currently manages the company, says he was inspired by his father to get into the business “he would come home with virgin wool and after a few days of intense work, proudly display beautiful, cozy blankets,” reminisces Joseph.
Using wool as the main medium, he describes the process as one that appears to be simple, but is in fact, painstaking. “Removing the wax, perspiration, dirt and insects from fleece is a delicate process, one that requires a certain level of skill because it is very easy to damage the fiber during this process. At the same time, it is a highly rewarding experience every time we meet a happy customer.”
Charrays’ crafts, nestled in the Tigoni highlands is inspired by the recollections of time with family, warmth and hearty conversation and nature.
Offering a wide range of products including hand-made crochet products, afghan blankets and macramé pot and wall hangings, the small enterprise identifies itself with bold splashes of colour and a promise of comfort for your living spaces.
From its humble beginnings in 2011, Jambo Kenya Women’s Group has grown to become a noteworthy organization, largely due to its capacity to fulfill bulk orders.
Situated in Nanyuki, the organization works with various mediums including wood, beads, resin and textiles.
The organization is driven by its mission to support the less fortunate, thus works to train its members, equipping them with transferrable skills that enable an income.
For Afrika Handmade 2017, the women have created a stunning collection of color coordinated rugs, kitchen and tabletop accessories as well as soft toys.