Christmas Inspiration #1 Otago Design

So, in the lead up to Christmas we will be handing over our blog to small companies on the rise that we admire, to share with you some inspirational gift ideas, ideas for your home, tips on photographing your family and more …

Our first piece of Christmas inspiration comes from Otago Design, the ‘African Atelier’, producing timeless objects for people who define their own style…

“We are a multidisciplinary design studio, which offers an interior design service and a range of accessories specializing in sustainable & ecological design. Our aim is to offer cutting edge design underpinned by a focus on sustainability and support for our suppliers.

Otago works with highly skilled artisans from marginalized communities all over Africa, enabling their work to be seen by a much wider audience, whilst ensuring they receive proper payment for their craftmanship and skill.

The Otago Design debut collection consists of tableware, lighting, glassware, linens and decorative accessories. Using skills of horn & bone carving, Maasai beading, brass and metal casting and weaving from artisans in Kenya, Swaziland and the DRC.

The collection is designed for those who recognise quality and seek something special and rare; someone who is captivated by the high caliber of design and inspired by the soul behind the work.

In our first year of business we have carried out numerous photo shoots, attended trade shows and are now embarking on our first pop up shop. The support of the Van Girl fleet and their strong team to cart around our wares has been essential.

Our interior design service is an opportunity for all those who are moving home to customize their new living environments. We encourage our clients to use ethically sourced materials and embrace furniture pieces which have been handmade, bringing a unique story into the home.

We hope to see you at the Otago Pop up shop where you will find beautifully made fine objects perfect for everyone’s Christmas wish list.

Find us at 67 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ from Thursday 27th November until Sunday 7th December . Open every day from 11am-7pm, late night openings on Wednesday and Thursdays until 9pm.”

Christmas Inspiration #2 coming soon ….