Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bembea House, Lamu

The houses in Lamu are so beautifully designed mixing strong Arab influences with a touch of African beach life.
They are usually tucked in the back streets
Love this house - Bembea House in Shela

Images from

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ali Lamu - Artist


I'm on Lamu Island, which is a bohemium paradise, I love it.  

There is an artist here called Ali Lamu who makes paintings from old broken dhow sails, painting with free abandon in a distinctly naive way, using old bottle tops, beads, thick stitching and paint.

websites for the images:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lamu Island

Inspiration & Interiors
I am leaving for Lamu Island tomorrow for 2 weeks.  I'll definitely be looking for interiors ideas from their gorgeous houses.
Below are a few images of interiors from Lamu houses.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New lights from Katundu

Inspiration & Interiors

Loving these new chandelier lights from Katundu in Malawi.
They are made on a little island called Likoma Island using handmade clay mud beads that are then painted white.
Contact abi for more info.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Kaya Mawa bedroom images


Following on from my blog posting below, I thought I would do a post on some of the Kaya Mawa bedrooms I designed. 
Being a beach lodge, we wanted to create a clean, fresh look with white floors and built in cupboards, inspired by the houses on the Greek islands but combine it with a strong African influence with much of the furniture, lighting, textiles and art work all designed and handmade with a team on the island.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kaya Mawa Lodge in Conde Nast


I worked as a designer on the interiors of Kaya Mawa Lodge, Malawi ( when it was fully refurbished.
It was recently featured in Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

IBO sterling silver hoops

SOUL Jewellery

IBO design sterling silver hoops
African recycled glass trade beads, Ethiopian brass & silver plated beads on sterling silver hoops