Monday, 17 December 2012

African Prints gone wild

Today we explore the madness of african prints, it recently hit the the fashion industry like a lightning bolt, with the likes high street stores such as Aldo and even Burberry taking part in the phenomenon  So today we pay homage to the madness that is the african print.

Helen PJI, Hassan Hajjaj

Joe Casely, Hassan Hajjaj

Caravane, Hassan Hajjaj

Vilsco cocktail dress

Model Fatou Morana Noba

Saturday, 8 December 2012


Today Akua Designs... explores strength. Strength can be explored in many different ways strength evokes a stament, passion love & anger.  Each of these images are so strong they make you think of one word, have a look  to see if you agree.






Sunday, 2 December 2012

Handmade In Britain 12

Last week Akua Designs... attended The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair in design district Chelsea. It was definitely a show well worth visiting. Showcased in the decadent Old Chelsea Town Hall, created the backdrop for the inspirational set of craftsmanship. The space was divided into three spaces, which created an easy flowing space.

Sotis Studio Ceramics
Tactile quality of the work, encourages you to feel and embrace the ceramics. This is the trademark of Scotis Fillipides. The grainy dark texture creates a great contrast against the 24 carat gold interior.

An independant design company which specialises in reclaimed materials recreating contemporary design to fit in any home. There ethos: durable, beautiful, ethical, and affordable as design should be.

Diane Turner
Well when we stopped at the Diane Turner we kept coming back it was like nothing we had seen before, definitely one to watch. Jewellery pieces using a mixture of three materials wood, metal and copper, creating a rustic bespoke piece of individual jewellery.

Sonia Cheadle
Contemporary  diamond jewellery using a mix of 18ct white and yellow golds, simplicity is the beauty in all the pieces as they say "diamonds are a girls best friend".

Sarah Herriot Design 
Architectural inspiration  creates the beautiful slices within the metal creating the contrast between the black and silver metal. 

Chris Edwards
Beautiful  sculptural candlesticks  which will suit any environment dinner or contemporary artspace. The pieces are fluid  creating a splash effect , using brass or bronze a beautiful unique piece.

Suzanne Jamieson 
Metal and porcelain at its best, beautiful to be used as a box or as an art piece . Works well as a trio or an individual a statement piece which speaks for its self.

Tabitha Frost
This was the most unusual piece at the fair a great juxtaposition between hard cast concrete versus soft silky copper, a bespoke piece to be matched in any environment.

Alex McCarthy Ceramics
This lava like beauty reminded us of a volcanic landscape a sumptuous landscape filled with gold and beauty.

Josef Koppmann

Well we fell immediately in love with these pieces like nothing we've seen, a rustic feel but so elegant and dainty would make a great christmas present.

Chisel & Mouse
How is this for a bit of fun, detailed craftsmanship of all your favourite sites, nice to liven up your mantle piece.