Wabi-Sabi African Home Decor

The Japanese culture should be commended for their foreknowledge in giving “the celebration of imperfection” a proper name such as, Wabi-Sabi. I’d venture to say that in Africa imperfections were never openly celebrated, nor named. However, Wabi-Sabi, unbeknownst to all, has been alive and well on the continent of Africa for centuries.  Usually obtained unintentionally in the pursuit of creating handmade offerings and paying homage to; royalty, the spiritual world, harvests, battles and celebrating nature.

Today, a great percentage of the original African art can be seen in museums all over the world and impressive private art collections. Likewise these stunning art pieces are featured as furniture and home decor in residential as well as, commercial spaces.

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African Wooden Grave Markers (Kikangu)

For instance, the hand-carved African Bamileke stools, sought after by interior designers throughout the world, today, originated from Cameroon.  It was made for the King of the village to sit on during ceremonies, honouring the earth spider.

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1M Diam x 45 cm HBamileke Stool Hand-Carved From A Single Tree Stump.

Likewise, the people from Burkina Faso’s hand-carve wooden Bobo Masks resembles the spirts of animals such as: hawks and butterflies and are worn during ceremonies related to harvesting, burials and initiations.

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African Wood Hand-Carved Bobo Mask

Furthermore, the Yoruba tribes from Western Africa, famed for their stunning handmade bead work. For example, their beaded armchairs and crowns, created exclusively for the use of the Yoruba’s Oba (royalty.)

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Yoruba Hand-beaded Armchairs.

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African Yoruba Beaded Crowns

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African Punu Tribal Masks – hand-carved out of wood and then beaded by hand.

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African Hand-carved Ashanti Stool

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Hand-carved African Bamileke Bed

Thankfully the master of these imperfectly – perfect Wabi-Sabi African creations, are passed on from one generation to another. therefore, Phases Africa Furniture & Décor, are able to continue providing our customers with the best of what Africa as to offer.


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

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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

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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.

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