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 Furniture│Modern│Traditional

Phases Africa’s collection of African furniture, is a rich blend of traditional handmade African furniture as well as, a new sophisticated modern African style.  As a result, a high presentment of the timber used in constructing the contemporary wooden furniture are sustainable. Therefore, African modern design together with new directions in African craft-work has been one of the hottest trends in the high-end European home furnishings markets.  Finally, African designed products are steadily starting to earn its rightful place in contemporary and modern interior design markets across the globe.

Visitors to Phases Africa’s online showroom, will find a selection of stunning furniture, as well as, one of-a-kind textiles, lighting fixtures, handmade rugs – and an exuberant and eclectic mix of African decor.  Sourcing the goods for Phases Africa collection is an ongoing quest for that “special piece” of unusual beauty, fine workmanship and materials of the highest quality.

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Wooden Bench – In true South African Style – called “Riempies” Bench

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African Style Wooden Bench with “Riempies” Seat – Detail View

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African Furniture│Wood-turnings Side-Table

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Indoor and Outdoor Lounger available in several colour hand woven seating – Plantation Teak

Tree root tables

Tree root dining table shown here without the glass top

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African Furniture│Wood and Leather upholstered chair side view

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African Furniture – Natural Edge Dining Room Table, Steel legs

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Wood turned side tables

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African Yoruba beaded armchairs gold-red

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Wood turned side tables

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Ostrich skin wing-back chairs

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Oak-Wood & Leather Chair

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Mid-Century Modern Chair

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African Yoruba beaded armchairs gold-red

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Wood hand-carved Bamileke Bed

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Slatted Wooden Bench

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Detail – Slatted Wooden Bench

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