Out of Africa: Hospitality Trend

Out of Africa: Hospitality Trend

We round up five of our favorite furniture and surfaces designs inspired by the graphic patterns, sculptural forms and hot colors of Africa.

Binta armchairs by Philippe Bestenheider for Moroso

Inspired by African wood carvings, the Binta armchairs by Swiss designer Philippe Bestenheider for Moroso are upholstered in a patchwork of wax fabrics traditionally worn by Senegalese women.


The hand-painted, solid-beech cabinet by African design studio Dokter and Misses features graphic decoration inspired by Burkina Faso's mud dwellings.

Dish Coffee Table by Grain

The form of the Dish Coffee Table by Bainbridge Island-based design studio Grain, takes inspiration from hand carved African stools. Built in the USA from solid American ash, the Dish coffee table's scooped out tabletop is made using a CNC router that cuts away the wood bowl leaving behind a slope that quickly levels to a flat surface.


Inspired by a British officer's chair seen in a travel guide's photography of the African Savanna, Kaare Klint's iconic Safari Chair was originally designed in 1933. Last year, Carl Hansen & Søn began producing the chair.


Influenced by the bold floral design of the African Cameroon Juju hat, the AphroChic Juju collection by Jeanine Hay for Graham & Brown is a contemporary interpretation of traditional floral design. The collection includes designer wallpaper, plush accent pillows, tabletop placements and table-runners.

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