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West Elm goes South African

West Elm is a leading international furniture and decor store where I love to window shop from time to time (on the Internet). I use West Elm as a trend forecaster, as their range also lets me know what's going to be hot in the near future.


What a surprise to find that South African pieces are going to be on sale - and to South Africans as well! Here are just a few of the items that will soon be available on West Elm.


Patterned paper. These intricate papier-mâché designs are the work of the HIV–positive artists of Cape Town based AIDS awareness nonprofit Wola Nani. Use them to bring playful pattern into your home office.
• Handmade.
• Papier-mâché.
• Oil-based finish.
• Various styles.
• Wipe clean.
• Made in South Africa.

Set in the Cape Town suburb of Muizenberg, Potter’s Workshop is a collective of homegrown artists trained by years of apprenticeship. We worked with them to turn their signature bead-like patterns into this hand-painted Breakfast Set.
• Hand painted.
• Stoneware.
• Various styles.
• Dishwasher/ microwave safe.

From the source. Husband-and-wife duo Trevyn and Julian McGowan of South African design studio Source blend traditional African design details into their collections. By exaggerating the lines of Cape Dutch-style shapes, they created this modern spin on traditional wood turnings.
• White handwoven leather seat.
• Solid wood frame; lacquer finish.
• Leather seat: spot clean. Base: wipe clean.


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