December 20, 2013

Season's Greetings

Safari Fusion blog | Season's Greetings from Safari Fusion | Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year  
Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a wonderful year in 2014.

We are taking a summer holiday and are closing from Saturday 21 December to Sunday 05 January. 

Thank you for your support this year and see you in 2014!

December 12, 2013

Safari-esque 2014

Safari Fusion blog | Safari-esque 2014 | Our new collection of African art, crafts & homewares in store now 

Mapping your way through the continent, taking photographs of people you meet, collecting trinkets, textiles and other tribal objects as memories of places visited. 

Inspired by safaris in Africa our new 2014 collection Safari-esque is now in store.

December 2, 2013

The Big Design Market this weekend!

Safari Fusion blog | The Big Design Market this weekend! | Shop the Safari Fusion range of African art, crafts and homewares in Melbourne 6-8 Dec
Don't forget to come and say hello this weekend in Melbourne at The Big Design Market.

It is a public event with free entry, opening times as follows:-

Friday 6 Dec 10am - 9pm
Saturday 07 Dec 10am - 5pm
Sunday 08 Dec 10am - 5pm

You will find Safari Fusion in Section B, stall 26.

November 25, 2013

Arriving soon in the Safari Store...

Safari Fusion blog | Arriving soon in the Safari Store | Our new collection of African art, crafts & homewares in store next week

Our artisans have been super busy with the paint brush adding splashes of magenta, yellow and emerald to traditional handcarved wooden crafts. We have new coloured wire animal trophy heads, two new ranges of cushions, some amazing vintage African maps and photos plus some other finds.

Visit us @ The Big Design Market in Melbourne 6-8 December to view our new collection of African art, crafts and homewares or shop online.

{Pictured: Ethiopian Coptic Crosses, Namji Doll (purple), Fertility Doll (magenta), Telephone Wire Checked Bowls (mini) & Ashanti Stool (magenta)}

November 18, 2013

Find us @ The Big Design Market

Safari Fusion blog | Find us @ The Big Design Market | Shop the Safari Fusion range of African art, crafts and homewares in Melbourne 6-8 Dec

We are taking the leap from your screen to real life exhibiting at this year's The Big Design Market.

Held at Melbourne’s grand Royal Exhibition Building Friday 6 to Sunday 8 December, it is a public event timed beautifully for Christmas shopping.

Place the date in your diary and come along to view our collection of African inspired pieces in person and say hello to me.

November 12, 2013

Zebra crossing

Safari Fusion blog | Zebra crossing | 'Carnivale' painting by Emma Gale proudly displayed in the Safari Fusion studio

With the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and all the horse talk wrapping up last weekend, I thought I would post on Africa's 'horse' the beautiful Zebra.

For those of you that follow Safari Fusion on Pinterest you will know I have a thing for Zebras - the real ones, the cowhide rugs disguised with Zebra stripes, paintings, pictures, home decor; you name it if it has a Zebra on it I love it.

Maybe it's the monochrome stripe design of the Zebra that makes it so appealing, geometric and striking it works so well with bright colours. Regardless, I don't think I could ever tire of photographing Zebras, buying Zebra paintings and pinning away to my hearts content on Pinterest.

Here are some of my favourites.

Safari Fusion blog | Zebra crossing | A cowhide Zebra rug in Rachel Griffiths' mid century LA home via House to Home www.housetohome.co.uk

Safari Fusion blog | Zebra crossing | Zebra by photographer Tim Flach www.timflach.com

Safari Fusion blog | Zebra crossing | Limited edition Zebra print by White Forest Home www.whiteforesthome.com
Safari Fusion blog | Zebra crossing | A one-of-a-kind Monkeybiz Bead Zebra handcrafted in South Africa by Safari Fusion www.safarifusion.com.au

Safari Fusion blog | Zebra crossing | Zebra rug entrance as featured in Lonny magazine September 2013 www.lonny.com
{Images: Anthea Polson Art, House to Home, Tim Flach, White Forest Home, Safari Fusion & Lonny}

October 28, 2013

Moody blues

Safari Fusion blog | Moody blues | Luxury under a pretty blue canvas at Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas Mountains Morocco
Exploring some Moroccan websites the other day I came across Kasbah Tamadot (Sir Richard Branson's stunning Moroccan retreat) and was instantly struck with the above picture of their Berber Tent in gorgeous sky blue.

So today's blog posting is dedicated to this moody hue, Africa style of course!

Safari Fusion blog | Moody blues | Splashes of blue in a modernist Johannesburg house, South Africa

Safari Fusion blog | Moody blues | Nature at its best, Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Safari Fusion blog | Moody blues | Safari Fusion's Crochet Cactus contrast against a stripy background

Safari Fusion blog | Moody blues | Blue by Safari Fusion with our Wired Lace Platter, Bead Vases, Tretchikoff Cushion, Impala Head & Bamileke Feather Headdress
1. Wired Lace Platter | 2. Bead Perfume Vase | 3. Bead Plum Vase | 4. Bead Long Vase | 5. Tretchikoff Cushion
6. Impala Head | 7. Bamileke Feather Headdress

Safari Fusion blog | Moody blues | South Africa's unique Shweshwe fabric by da Gama Textiles

Safari Fusion blog | Moody blues | The colour palate of a contemporary Pretoria home, South Africa
{Images: Virgin Limited Edition, House and Leisure South Africa, Azura Retreats, Safari Fusion and da Gamma Textiles}

October 22, 2013

A bed with a view

Safari Fusion blog | A bed with a view | Spectacular floodplain views at Baines Camp, Okavango Delta Botswana

Things have been a little hectic behind the scenes here at Safari Fusion HQ. Boxes and boxes of lovely new pieces have been arriving from all over Africa as part of our next collection.

Today was a fun-filled day spent with photographer extraordinaire, Brooke Holm and Scandi stylist Marsha Golemac as they primped, preened, styled and photographed all our new pieces.

Needless to say I am looking forward to some rest and recovery tonight and in the coming days...hence the bed theme with this posting!

Safari Fusion blog | A bed with a view | Bird's eye view from Lion Sands Tinyeleti Treehouse, Kruger South Africa

Safari Fusion blog | A bed with a view | Spectacular scenery from The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Laikipia Kenya

Safari Fusion blog | A bed with a view | Romance African style at Lion Sands Chalkley Treehouse, Kruger South Africa
{Images: Baines' Camp, Lion Sands & The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille}

September 23, 2013

Photographer Seydou Keita

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s
I am a little obsessed with vintage African photography at the moment!

On my trip to Johannesburg early this year I came across an amazing collection of photographs taken during the 1950s and 60s in Cameroon. This inspired me on a virtual search for other photos taken during this period.

One of my finds is photographer Seydou Keita who lived in Bamako (Mali) and specialised in portraits.

"Some customers brought in items they wanted to be photographed with but Keita also had a choice of European clothing and accessories - watches, pens, radios, scooter, etc. - which he put at their disposal in his studio. The women came in flowing robes often covering their legs and their throats, only beginning to wear Western outfits in the late 60s."

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s
{Quote & Images: Seydou Keita}

September 12, 2013

Pinned: Holiday style

Safari Fusion blog | Pinned: Holiday style | A UK couple's holiday home on South Africa's beautiful Garden Route
Beautiful African artwork abounds in this Knysna holiday home, on South Africa's spectacular Garden Route.
The timber panel wall and coffee tables add warmth and create coziness in the high ceiling living room.
Whilst the African man portrait mounted on reclaimed timber, complete with painted red edges, really captures my eye.
{Visit us on Pinterest | source: Decoholic via House and Leisure}

September 2, 2013

It's all in your head

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Safari Fusion's white ceramic Phrenology Vases handcrafted in South Africa
Taking its cue from the cabinet of curiosities, the display of skulls, bones and other intriguing trinkets have migrated from the cabinet to design in modern decor pieces.

Human craniums and skulls can be found in many forms, including our own beautiful ceramic human bust Phrenology Vase.

Following are a few more curious anatomical inspired finds from my trip to South Africa earlier this year.

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Human cranium design cushion by Simple Intrigue South Africa

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Striped Scream Head and Skull Candles by Sobeit Studio South Africa

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Safari Fusion's human bust Phrenology Vase crafted in South Africa

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Human cranium design cushion by Simple Intrigue South Africa
{Images: Safari Fusion, Simple Intrigue and Sobeit Studio}

August 26, 2013

African treehouses

Safari Fusion blog | African treehouses | Stylish tree lodgings at Lion Sands Kingston Treehouse, South AfricaI have always had a thing for treehouses since I was a child. I grew up watching the 70s television series The Swiss Family Robinson and was enthralled with their amazing treehouse, complete with swinging ropes and trap doors.The idea of living high up in the tree canopy with the birds and the fresh air has been reinvented in Africa. A humble treehouse no longer, instead these modern tribal tree lodgings are seriously luxurious and give a whole new meaning to a bird's eye view of the world.
Safari Fusion blog | African treehouses | Stylish tree lodgings at Lion Sands Kingston Treehouse, South Africa
Safari Fusion blog | African treehouses | Baobab tree lodgings at Collines de Niassam Lodge, Senegal
Safari Fusion blog | African treehouses | Baobab tree lodgings at Collines de Niassam Lodge, Senegal
Safari Fusion blog | African treehouses | Safari tree lodgings at Tarangire Treetops, Tanzania
Safari Fusion blog | African treehouses | Safari tree lodgings at Tarangire Treetops, Tanzania
Safari Fusion blog | African treehouses | Stylish tree lodgings at Lion Sands Tinyeleti Treehouse, South Africa
Safari Fusion blog | African treehouses | Stylish tree lodgings at Lion Sands Tinyeleti Treehouse, South Africa
Safari Fusion blog | African Treehouses | Safari river tree lodgings at Tongabezi The Tree House, Zambia
{Images: Lion Sands, Collines de Niassam Lodge, Elewana Collection and Tongabezi}

August 19, 2013

Inside a customer's home

Safari Fusion blog | Inside a customer's home | Safari Fusion's black wire Impala Head finds a new home in a boy's room | Interior by Bask Interiors
One of our lovely customer's, Michelle from Bask Interiors, recently shared some photos of a client project that incorporated a Safari Fusion piece.

She purchased our wire Impala Head in the black epoxy finish; a perfect fit for the black, grey and yellow colour scheme of a boy's bedroom.

With limited time to pull this project together I think the ladies at Bask Interiors have done an amazing job, and more importantly their client was very happy.

Thank you Michelle from Bask Interiors for sharing!

Safari Fusion blog | Inside a customer's home | Safari Fusion's black wire Impala Head finds a new home in a boy's room | Interior by Bask Interiors

Safari Fusion blog | Inside a customer's home | Safari Fusion's black wire Impala Head finds a new home in a boy's room | Interior by Bask Interiors
All images © Bask Interiors

August 5, 2013

Light the way

Safari Fusion blog | Light the way | Dining room at The Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam Tanzania www.theoysterbayhotel.com
I could be biased here, but I think African's are incredibly creative when it comes to creating 'wow' lighting. Designers seem to have a knack for taking an everyday piece and turning it into an artistic lighting spectacular.

Village items such as fishing baskets and stompers (traditionally used for storing and grinding grain) are turned upside down and mounted in multiples; soft and delicate ostrich feathers are used to create feathery floating light balls whilst recycled plastic and glass is reborn as sparkling chandeliers.

Safari Fusion blog | Light the way | Light the way | The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel, Windhoek Namibia www.theolive-namibia.com

Safari Fusion blog | Light the way | Riaan Chambers glass chandeliers www.riaanchambers.co.za

Safari Fusion blog | Light the way | Haldane Martin 'fiela' ostrich feather chandelier www.haldanemartin.co.za

Safari Fusion blog | Light the way | Light the way | The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel, Windhoek Namibia www.theolive-namibia.com
{source: The Oyster Bay, The Olive Exclusive, Riaan Chambers & Haldane Martin}