Fab Fabric: The look and feel of Africa

09 July 2015 - 02:18 By Andrea Nagel

Internationally acclaimed British architect David Adjaye has turned his talents to creating furniture and rugs in collaboration with modern design company Knoll. Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and, according to his website, his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities.His Washington Collection for Knoll was launched in October and includes two cantilevered side chairs called the Skin and the Skeleton. Now, inspired by the textures and colours of his home continent, he has created a range of African-inspired textiles for the US company.''I never knew that I was interested in textiles. The collection for Knoll is inspired by a fascination I've had with geometry, form and texture. I actually didn't know that it was something that could translate into textiles until I met Knoll's creative director Dorothy Cosonas and her team," says David in a video posted on the Knoll website.He has named the fabrics after places in Africa - Djenne in Mali, Meroë in Sudan and Harare in Zimbabwe. "These are some of my favourite places. I hope that the names speak to people in a way that makes them want to know more about those places," he says.The collection will be available in September.

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