Phases Africa an online African Furniture and African Decor business

About Phases Africa

“There is something about African style that appeals across time and continents. The roots are inextricably African – which is a large part of its charm – but in recent years a new wave of designers have taken those roots, kept the glamour and something of the nostalgia, but injected contemporary sophistication into the mix. ” Lucia Van Der Post, The Times, UK, 2002.

The introduction of Noleen Kutash’s collection to the global market is a timely one. South African contemporary design – together with new directions in African furniture and African home decor – has been one of the hottest trends in the high-end home furnishings market across the globe. Phases Africa’s collection takes that trend further and introduces a brand new contemporary African style to global markets.
Sourcing these goods for Phases Africa’s collection is an ongoing quest for that special and unique piece of unusual beauty, fine workmanship and materials of the highest quality. “My aim has been to find unique African furniture and home decor items that blend well with a contemporary look, as well as a more traditional styles of design.

Noleen regularly meets with leading furniture designers in Johannesburg and Cape Town to perfect the accelerating fusion of her homeland’s rich cultural heritage with contemporary design.  The result is Phases Africa – a collection that combines a sophisticated contemporary design aesthetics with the organic and timeless beauty of Africa’s tribal and colonial legacy.

The Product page is divided in 6 categories; Furniture, African Decor, African Art Decor, Lighting Fixtures, Handmade Area Rugs and Kids’ Furniture & Decor.

African Furniture consists of: sleeper wood furniture, tree root and hardwood table bases. Wood dining room tables, wood chairs, wood benches, a contemporary wooden chaise, as well as a wooden slatted bench. Contemporary ethnic, as well as tribal chairs, cowhide and leather benches. Zebra, springbok and cowhide daybeds, as well as genuine ostrich skin couches. Wing-back chairs, wood-turned side tables or stools, occasional chairs, cowhide ottomans, wood servers, hall/entry tables, side tables and outdoor chairs, wool ottomans, felt rocks and cowhide ottomans.

African Decor a large collection of unique African products: Benin bronze sculptures, Bamileke stools from Cameroon hand carved from a single tree trunk. Wooden hand-carved tall figures know as colonial figures. Ethiopian crosses, wall art, plank masks, Kuba and Shoowa cloth from the Congo.  Ashanti and Senufu stools, African fetish dolls (Namji.)  Street wire outdoor furniture, and Zulu telephone wire baskets. Dogon ladders, antique Mbole anklet currency, Gokwe crown, African beaded terracotta heads, Kalao Bird wood and metal Sculpture.

African Art Decor: wood chiseled bowls by an award winning artist as well as driftwood sculptures by a renowned South African artist.

Our wide range of unique Lighting Fixtures consists of: contemporary wood as well as bamboo pendant lights, stunning and unique recycled light fixtures in a variety of shapes and colours. Rawhide standing lamps and wall sconces. Antelope wall sconces and horn chandeliers.  Kudu horn and ostrich eggshell chandeliers, porcupine quill and antelope (Kudu) horn table lamps. Seashell light fixture

Handmade Are Rugs: quality cowhide hand cut and hand sewn area rugs available in natural cowhide colours.  Our hand weaved 100% wool area rugs are custom-made. Our Kids area rugs are a cotton blend and can be viewed under our Kids’ Furniture & Décor category: The latter being our latest addition (a work in progress.) Here you will find products for all ages, from nurseries to tween and teen rooms, as well as for adults that love fun and whimsical home decor. We have stuffed and embroidered animals. Children’s seating. Unique wire art farm animals, as well as a Zebra.  Our popular African wood carved men or women figures (colonial figures) would be a perfect addition for a tween or teen room.

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Work: Products are sourced from all corners of Africa, as far as Timbuktu, where we buy from the nomadic Tuareg people. These artisans work with goat skin and use an ancient technique in tooling the leather. South African safari lodges and hotels generally only use African products and have been consistently rated among the worlds’ top hundred hotels, in the most prestigious of publications, year after year. The artisans responsible for the interiors of these luxurious hotels is part of Phases Africa’s team of creative talent.

Noleen at Home: I love being surrounded by conversation pieces, as I sit here in one of my genuine ostrich skin wing back chairs and look around my living room, every single piece has a story to tell.  For instance, the Yellow Jarrah chateau dining room set, was made from the original railway sleepers, used to link countries in Africa at the turn of the 19th century. Owning something as significant as a piece of Africa’s history probably makes our sleeper wood furniture, one of our more treasured furniture lines. On the wall next to the Yellow Jarrah dining room set, hangs a 1400mm diam. contemporary hand carved wood mirror with a unique African feel.  This wall decorative item was made by a Russian wood carver, another talented artists and use to be part of our team. I have several items in my home made by him, must have had a premonition of things to come.  He resided and worked in South Africa until the Italian house of “Fendi” discovered and stole him away from Africa.  I also possess a few treasured African art decor pieces in my Ethnic themed home, from several of South Africa’s most collectable artisans, and if I had more room I’d have more pieces.  Telephone wire baskets from the Zulu people are neatly stacked in a corner in my home office, and so are my special Kuba and Shoowa cloths from the Congo. I definitely have two colonial figures, and I get compliments on them all the time. I owned a striking black Dogon hand-carved wood door from Mali; combined it with (Panga Panga) sleeper wood and had it made  into a cabinet (armoire) were I store all my choice African tableware. Not everything in my home is African, but it certainly has a contemporary ethnic feel, and yes, plenty of stories to tell.

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A Sample of some of our Products.