Africa at The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

Africa at The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

Posted by Justin Van Breda on Apr 13th 2022

March saw the much anticipated return to ‘in person’ Design Events and we loved seeing so many of you at our stand at The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour’s London Design Week exhibition. It was a joy to be a ‘House Guest’ and to physically present 'Africa By Justin Van Breda'.

o

The inimitable Barbara Chandler reviewed it far better than we ever could:

Interior designer Justin Van Breda, born in Cape Town, was on Design Avenue with another African story. He’s presenting Safari – but of course – with sophisticated African-crafted furniture for high-end Western homes. “Africa is brimming with talent but working up their beautiful craft to international standards took some time. But now we have South African furniture makers, Zimbabwean and Malawi carvers, partially-sighted rattan weavers in Cape Town, and various rural women’s cooperatives.” All materials have been sourced from scratch, including mohair which is farmed, shorn, sorted, combed, spun, dyed and finally woven by local communities. Hand-decorated fabrics combine freehand brush strokes with block- and screen-printing. A clutch of top interior designers – including Nicky Haslam and Nina Campbell – have each created a special piece for the collection. And watch out for the hand-carved lions’ paws.

So how does it all go down in Chelsea Harbour? Says Justin: “It’s a very personal and passionate collection for us, with stories behind every piece – and we’ve been really touched by the emotional response.”

o

View the Safari Collection

o

Read Barbara’s full article

o