The eCommerce platform is dedicated to showcasing brands whose products are rooted in African aesthetics.
Ebony is the name of a precious and dark wood, originating from ancient Egypt. Its luxurious texture made it a favourite material for carving decorative items. Over the centuries, the wood’s deep black features have transformed its name into a shorthand for Black identity. The derivative, Ebonyx, is a fitting name for the new eCommerce platform championing brands whose products, aesthetics, and imageries are rooted in “Black Atlantic” heritage. In a phone conversation, Ashley Ebanks, co-founder of Ebonyx, explained: “We wanted to bring the African culture and the designs of Africa, […] the Caribbean and South America to the world.”
Ever since the summer of 2010 when the late architect Zaha Hadid designed the first Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, it became something of a fixture in the design and architectural calendar. Earlier this year, the Berlin based architect Diébédo Francis Kéré was commissioned to design the 2017 Pavilion.
Kéré conceived a futuristic tree-shaped pavilion. This modern version of a tree has curved, striking blue walls under a seemingly floating roof. The rainwater collected from the roof is drained into an underground reservoir – thus completing the image of the tree.
We met Jabu Nala on the opening day of the exhibition ‘Seeking Africa : Art / Design Across A Continent’ in Notting Hill. After two and half years of preparation, the exhibition organized by Themes & Variations opened with over 12 African Artists and Designers. Together, they offered a glimpse into the Contemporary Design scene in Africa.
Jabu Nala is the Daughter of the renowned ceramist Nesta Nala. She started learning the Art with her mother back in 1979. Although she still cites her mother as a source for her inspiration, She is recognized the world over as a ceramist artist in her own right.
Welcome into the world of Ilhem, a world where colours, design and craftsmanship fuse beautifully together to create a unique range of clutch bags that she launched under the brand: Anago. Her Anago clutch bags are a vivid expression of who she is, her multicultural background along with her love for contemporary design and aesthetic.