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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

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Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.

12 Comments

  1. I LOVE what Habitat is doing with Graphic Africa in their Platform space… this is another great collaboration and thank you for sharing the actual design processes. Very inspiring indeed.

    I think it’s No3 for me too x

  2. It is interesting to read of this collaboration and the technique behind the designs as not something I had come across before. I pick number two!

  3. Hi Will, I l.o.v.e this project, and the art & design that comes out of this is truly amazing. Simply does it sometimes and I WISH we had a Habitat here. Oh well just have to come to London then, what’s not to love. Happy weekend my friend,
    Axxx

  4. Tara Bradford Reply

    It’s a wonderful collaborative project for Habitat. Gorgeous designs! Thanks for sharing the news here!

    Bon weekend, Will!

  5. This leaves me inspired, what a wonderful collaboration!

    The design I love the most isn’t among the rotating pics but it’s the one they are designing in image No. 2 in your post. I’m so picturing that one on my grey sofa.

  6. This is a wonderful project! It proves that traditional, hand-crafted textile skills, big business and social responsibility can come together to produce some very beautiful, contemporary designs. Well done Habitat for such an inspiring story.

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.