Wabi-Sabi | Handmade In Africa

Wabi-Sabi, the latest trend in handmade interior design is a very familiar concept in Africa.  The description on Wikipedia  – “In traditional Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi () is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”

In Africa we are quite au fait with the concept of Wabi-Sabi for the reason that traditional tribal handmade art in Africa are purely based on this very concept. Due to products such as chiselled, hand-carved, and handmade African Art, Furniture as well as, Africa Decor, will indeed mirror the beauty, talent as well as the imperfections of humans.

The African wooden bed featured on our main page, of this post, was hand carved by the Senufo people, residing in West Africa, each bed is uniquely different (see more examples below.)  These beds were predominantly used during siesta time, and not for sleeping on during the night.  A great percentage of these beds as well as, all the stools were carved out a single piece of wood.  These beds can either be used as a sculptural element in any room or as a coffee table in a residential or commercial spade. More about…

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wabi-sabi African decor handmade Senufu very rare wood-bed

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African Senufo bed hand-carved from a single piece of wood

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African Senufo Bed From Ghana 2Mx50x36cmH

Wabi-Sabi - trending interior design made in Africa

African Wall Art Yoruba Beaded Lizard

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Senufo Bed – Ivory Coast – 1,8 x57x 30cmH

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Wabi-Sabi, hand-carved African Choukoue Masks, Congo

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Wabi-Sabi, Africa Natural Senufu Stool 49H x 40W x 63L cm

african decor, old african grain pots

Wabi Sabi, African decor old African grain pots

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Wabi-Sabi – old african grain pots (seen in above image) turned around and painted – serves as the perfect side tables

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Africa’s Wabi-Sabi Design, hand-carved Nupe stool Size: 39Lx35Wx25cm

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Wabi-sabi trending 2019 interior design – Nupe natural wooden stools

Wabi-Sabi Africa Lifesize Kalao Bird

Wabi-Sabi Africa, Kalao Bird

Wabi Sabi Tonga and Batonga African Stools

Wabi-Sabi, Made In Africa, Hand-carved Tonga and Batonga African Stools

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Wabi-Sabi trending interior design made in Africa – handmade Tonga wooden stools

Yoruba, African armchairs and beaded crowns

Wabi-Sabi beaded armchairs from Yoruba, Nigeria.

Beaded Yoruba Lizard Wall Hanging

Wabi-Sabi trending interior design – African art beaded Yoruba lizards wall hanging

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African Yoruba beaded armchairs

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Yoruba beaded kings and queens crowns from Nigeria

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Wabi-Sabi African tribal art from Nigeria. Yoruba beaded armchairs.


African Decor & Furniture In 2020

What to expect from African decor and furniture in 2020: Here’s the scoop – several of the world’s most prestigious architectural design firms as well as, numerous top international interior designers have acquired quality furniture & decor directly from the African continent.  There is a reason for doing so.  Mainly, due to the fact, that a majority of the contemporary as well as, traditional bespoke handmade African furniture and decor – seen in some of these award-winning African safari lodges featured here, are locally made by exceptional craftsmen.  Today, African decor & furniture are seen in International 5* hotels, prestigious commercial real-estate, awe-inspiring developments as well as, luxury homes across the globe.

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African Decor & Furniture Image: Lodolozi Private Granite Suites

African decor & furniture

African Wall Decor, African Wall Art,  African Furniture, Image: Londolozi Founders Camp

Above, designers used a mix of African wood hand-carved Bamileke stools and custom made wood turnings as side tables  On either side of the back wall there are Kudu horn lamp bases with fabric shades.  Scatter cushions on the couches are Kuba cloth and above the fireplace are African flat wood plank mask as wall art.

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African Decor & Furniture – natural edged dining table & custom made wood sliding doors- Image: Phinda Game Lodge

Natural Edged Dining Room Table

Natural Edged Dining Room Table © Phases Africa

African decor & furntiure

African Furniture & Decor – Image: Londolozi Founders Camp

The designers used vintage Kuba cloth to cover the pillows – a Kuba cloth was also framed and installed as wall art.

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African Decor and Furniture Image: Lodolozi Private Granite Suites

In the foreground is a stunning Senufo wooden bed, to the right of that is a white spray-painted African hand-carved Bamileke stool.

African Decor & Furntiure - Lion Sands River Lodge

African Decor & Furniture  – Image: Lion Sands River Lodge

In the foreground on the right is an African Bamileke wood hand-carved bed – used as a coffee table.  The twin twig chandeliers are a stunning addition to this room.

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African Hand-carved Bamileke Bed © Phases Africa

African decor & furniture

Colonial Wood Carved Figure Holding A Tray & African Bamileke Stool – Image: Chitwa Chitwa Lodge

African decor & furntiure

African Colonial Wood-carved Figure Holding A Tray

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Twig Floor Lamp and Chandelier, Flat Wood Plank Masks as Wall Decor and Polished Kudu Horn Lamp Bases – Image:Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge African Decor

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African Bamileke Side Tables with African Bamileke wood bed at foot-and-end of bed. Image Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

African decor & furntiure

Stunning Organic Twig Custom Lighting Fixture at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

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African furntiure and decor – Image: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

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Sabi-Sabi Earth Lodge Exterior

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