MEET OUR FURNITURE DESIGNERS: HANDCRAFTED CHAIRS, TABLES, OTTOMANS AND RUGS
54kibo’s online retail store is home to a collection of curated items that exemplify Contemporary African design with a unique perspective. Since the beginning, 54kibo’s mission has been to showcase designers with roots in Africa that are now breaking into the global market. Today, we are proud to bring our customers the highest quality furniture pieces including a variety of unique chairs, luxurious rugs, accent tables and benches as well as colorful ottomans to pair with our chairs or be stand alone additions to your existing decor. Kilim Designs and Malene Barnett bring beautiful, high quality rugs to our store; Marie Burgos and Tosin Oshinowo have created fresh looks for classic furniture shapes; Africaboutik and Tekura make standout pieces that are great for small spaces. All the designs celebrate the history of Africa and look to the future of contemporary design.
Armchairs: The Ile Ila aesthetic is inspired by designer Tosin Oshinowo’s love of West Africa. The Ite Okun striped armchair is very classically styled, but Oshinowo leaves her mark with uniquely vibrant Nigerian fabrics. Marie Burgos designs soft velvet armchairs that are decidedly modern with a hint of retro inspiration. The plush cameo rose Milo Armchair is a soft neutral color that is perfect for bringing a fresh look into the home that will pair well with a variety of decor styles. Burgos’s French upbringing and Caribbean roots stand out in the design of each handcrafted chair.
Sofas: Handmade to order, the Milo Sofa is a standout piece of furniture, available in a vibrant cranberry red or soft moss green. The carefully crafted oak frame is made to last. With soft curves and luxurious velvet fabric, Marie Burgos pays homage to an era gone by while bringing mid-century shapes into today’s contemporary homes.
Accent chairs: The Ile Ila aesthetic brings explosions of color that showcase the traditions of Nigeria. With a frame made from Nigerian teak, the Adunni Ewe chair unites African materials and mid-century design together in a beautiful showcase of contemporary African design. Oshinowo has made her name as an architect best known for the Maryland Mall in Lagos, Nigeria, but she is now chasing her passion for furniture design with sleek lines and locally sourced materials that she is proud to share with the world.
Coming in a variety of sizes for small entryways, dining rooms, or full size area rugs, the selection of styles and sizes will fit just right in your home.
Wool rugs: Egyptian wool area rugs showcases a modern aesthetic with a traditional flat weave technique. The neutral color palette of these Kiliim rugs works seamlessly with many decor styles, bringing rich texture without being too busy. The mission of Kiliim is to revive local Egyptian traditions, allowing skilled craftsmen to flourish in the Nile Delta.
Cotton rugs: Kiliim’s Egyptian cotton area rugs are light, yet sturdy. These styles are also flatwoven by master weavers in Egypt with a soft texture for mixing and matching with existing decor. Using the finest quality materials, these rugs will last a lifetime.
Silk and wool rugs: If you’re looking for a more plush rug, Malene Barnett’s silk and wool blend rugs are a luxurious touch with painterly designs in a variety of sizes. Barnett has chosen the highest quality Tibetan wool and bamboo silk for her handmade rugs that are inspired by the unique energy of New York City and her African and Caribbean heritage.
Accent Tables: The handmade Djembe Side Table from Ghana showcases the skill and experience of the established brand, Tekura. This multi-generational family business has been designing traditionally inspired African home decor for 20 years and is now globally recognized. Africaboutik’s bright and whimsical Lollipop Side Tables will pull at your heartstrings. These cute candy colored tables also function as stools for impromptu entertaining, making them perfect for apartment living. Ghanaian-German designer MsK mixes her love of fashion and home decor, incorporating prints inspired by West African fabric. Marie Burgos has designed a sleek, modern, and high end tray table that has the distinct feel of a French Caribbean home. Handmade from walnut and brass, this is a wonderfully functional piece for entertaining or just enjoying a bit more luxury in the home. Burgos has created her own aesthetic inspired by her childhood in Paris and time spent at her family home in Martinique. Her elevated style contributes to the revival of mid-century modern design.
Benches: Another wonderfully versatile piece, the Tekura Walking Bench is handmade from locally sourced cedar in Ghana. Perfect for entryways as a place to put on shoes and set down a bag, these benches are both a seat and an accent table.
OTTOMANS AND FOOTSTOOLS
Velvet ottomans: These distinctly modern foot rests in plush velvet are the perfect portable seat for bigger gatherings at home. Pair them with the matching Milo Armchair collection for beautiful, luxurious set, or make a statement with an ottoman on its own. Handmade with a solid oak base, velvet fabric and a leather strap, these statement furniture pieces exemplify Marie Burgos’s unique design style that marries classic silhouettes with iconic mid-century sensibility.
Handwoven cotton ottomans: Put your feet up in style and comfort with Tosin Oshinowo’s Adunni Ottoman that compliments the Adunni Chair. Oshinowo’s brand Ile Ila makes thoughtful contemporary pieces with global appeal. If you’re looking for bold colors and a sturdy design the spunky Ite Ottoman makes a statement, showcasing Oshinowo’s versatility and use of African fabrics. Handmade in Nigeria, both designs and fabrics nod to the centuries old tradition of expert Yoruba master weavers in Nigeria.
Read more about Ile Ila Designer and her designs.