With only a matter of weeks to go until London Design Festival 2013 I’m starting to get excited about the wealth of new designers, designs and collaborations that will be unveiled as part of the Festival. One of the collaborations that has already caught my eye comes from Habitat. In addition to running an exhibition in their Platform space on King’s Road called Graphic Africa, the brand will be selling an exclusive range of cushions developed in Senegal during this year’s London Design Festival. The Graphic Africa cushions are the result of a collaboration between Habitat’s Senior Textile and Colour Designer, Rebecca Hoyes, and textile designer Boubacar Doumbia who is one of Africa’s experts on the textile designer technique of bogalan. This is where mud or clay is used to paint the background of a woven cotton cloth to leave the outline of the pattern underneath. It’s fascinating to think that these designs were created using mud collected by fishermen from the Niger river and then designed right there in Senegal. Once designed, the cushions were produced in Doumbia’s manufacturing studios in Mali, which is run as a social enterprise training young people in both textile production and global business skills. I’ll definitely be getting cushion number three – it will look super alongside the black and brights scheme in my living room – but I’d love to know which design is your favourite?
// Photography by Habitat