A few years ago, in a bid to create eco-conscious furniture and lighting, the product design and development team at Decor Interiors Limited started to work with sisal. “Sisal’s almost hostile profile as a plant does not set off images of comfort and enduring elegance. We chose to adopt it as a medium for beautiful designs with a contemporary earth styling,” Kamni Mehta, the CEO and founder, explained in the Afrika Handmade exhibition catalogue.
Decor Interiors source sisal from communities of women, supporting between 65 and 80 at any time. The brand’s designs are expertly handcrafted and in the last few years, the company has been commissioned to fit out numerous interiors in the hospitality, commercial and residential sectors. From the incredibly beautiful array of designs at Afrika Handmade 2016, we completely understand why.
The Nia Lounger above was designed with the ergonomics of rest in mind, with a footrest that can be adjusted for maximum comfort.
The Pod Light, above, can be placed on the floor or mounted on a table depending on where you would like its ambient glow. And the Solo Seater, below, is part of a set that includes a three-seater, coffee table and side tables.
You can see more of Decor Interiors’ designs in their showroom on the 1st floor of Tsavo Block, Eldama Park, which is located at the junction of Eldama Ravine and Peponi Roads, Westlands.
On Sunday 2 October, 2016 Craft Afrika opened the third installation of the Afrika Handmade Gallery to exhibit work from regional artisans and designers. The two-week event at Alliance Française, Nairobi, presented designs from home décor and textile companies; a prefabricated living pod from Two by Four; and a selection of artwork from the One Off Contemporary Art Gallery. Maridadi.co partnered with photographer Brian Siambi (better known on social media as @urbanskript) to feature a selection of designs from the exhibition.