Thursday, 25 March 2010

African Inspired: Binta Chairs by Designer Philippe Bestenheider for Moroso furniture [Italy]

"Moroso furniture of Italy has a long history of designing its sofas, armchairs and accessories with well known designers such as Ron Arad, Carlo Colombo, Enrico Franzolini, Toshiyuki Kita and Patricia Urquiola. With these famous names of furniture design, serious style, color, and creativity has not been in short supply. The latest Moroso endeavor, the M'Afrique Furniture Collection features traditional fabrics with patterns and colors of the contemporary African culture. The "Binta Armchair" is a casual chair that explodes with the color and creativity of some of Africa's great artists with a nice cushy welcoming seat."
**I’m loving these African inspired Binta chairs, -a beautiful collection by a European designer using traditional African fabrics…I wonder; -why aren’t we creating beautiful furniture like this?  How comes we have all these [coveted] resources but are not utilizing them?…Why should it take someone from Europe to create something using African materials –before we get excited?….You may remember that in the past –I’ve asked if there's anyone in Ghana making/upholstering furniture in/with Kente or other traditional African fabrics –but I’ve received no replies..….If you know of someone -please let me know as I would love to feature their work…To see more from the Moroso Italian furniture collection as well as the rest of the M'Afrique collection please visit:


  1. These fabrics are made in Holland by Vlisco. They are popular with Africans. But they are not made in Africa, nor, I believe, designed by Africans. I may stand corrected on the last item.

    1. That is right, they are designed in Halland. Started out as an imitation of batik from Indonesia.
      Check this designers kente collection:

  2. Sushi will remain japanese food no matter who prepare it,same goes to pasta and pizza to Italian. Designed or made by whoever as long it is African influenced fabric pattern, it will still be African.
    The question is, i quote "…Why should it take someone from Europe to create something using African materials –before we get excited?"