From mud cloth to indigo and colorful wax prints, textiles featuring traditional African patterns, or inspired by them are finding a place in trendy, modern spaces all over the globe. Designers, artisans and creatives alike are finding that textiles obtained by way of the African continent, from countries such as Mali, Uganda, and Nigeria, offer strong graphic and geometric design along with vibrant, striking color stories. In spaces with a contemporary look, these designs are stylish and impactful while adding a global touch to the decor. Actor and designer, Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, The Deuce) has taken notice of the power of African prints and created his own home furnishings line that incorporates them. ENITAN Vintage (http://www.enitanvintage.com/) offers storied pieces, where vintage and antique European seating is reimagined through Akinnagbe’s extensive collection of African textiles. “I wanted to preserve many of these pieces where I could, using influences from the Continent that also transcend space and time,” remarks Akinnagbe about pieces like this Victorian settee that’s upholstered in a fuchsia African Dutch Wax Print fabric.
Casual gatherings have made a major comeback. Set the scene with a centerpiece that takes less than 10 minutes to assemble! Simply place various hues of the same flower family in vessels down the middle of the table. Use something full and lush such as peonies, hydrangea, garden roses or even tulips that have already opened.
Stems in a monochromatic color palette make a major impact when clustered together to create a show-stopping centerpiece. To ensure your flowers get the attention they deserve, use stems in a bold hue such as yellow or orange on top of a natural colored tablecloth.