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A New Kind of Sustainable Lighting- African Basket Lamp Shades

These lampshades were designed by Heath Nash, courtesy of BBC News.

While browsing in my neighborhood library recently I came across a beautiful find… lampshades on pendant lighting made out of African baskets.  I was so thrilled!  I said to myself wow!  You see I was on the original selection team for the library architect who would design two libraries in Southeast, Washington, DC.  One of which would be in the upscale neighborhood of Hillcrest on the other side of Capitol Hill

Since the Francis A. Gregory Library has been built, I finally had a chance to stop and see the wonderful work.  I was inspired to write about the use of sustainable baskets from indigenous cultures as a design element.  As a big fan of African inspired design, I was so taken by the original lighting I saw in the library.

This is a a great phenomenon that is catching on all over in both commercial, retail and home design.  Consider some of the designs I am showcasing here as inspiration for your eco-friendly inspired interior!

The use of woven baskets goes well in retail settings as well.

 

 

Photo of interior of Francis A. Gregory Library in Washington, DC. Pendant Lampshades designed using African Baskets. Photo courtesy of Edmund Summer.

My Material Culture Adventure in Philly

Indigenous wall sculptures and artwork create very imaginative interiors.

My Memorial Day weekend was spent in the City of Brotherly Love- Philadelphia.  There I visited one of my FAVORITE places to view ethnic furnishings and get inspired to create one of a kind interiors with Moroccan, African, Indian, Turkish furnishings.  This adventure led me to a place called Material Culture.  This is not just any store but in my mind an adventure in color, antiques, and amazing rugs from all over the world.  These snap shots are just an inkling of the kinds of furnishings and accessories made available at this store!  Feast your eyes on the array of home furnishings delight.

Rugs, rugs, rugs, galore!

Nothing like beautiful accent pillows to complete a space!

Ethnically diverse antiques and artifacts make great conversation pieces for any room.

Love these vintage cabinets! Adds great character to any space!

Beautiful furniture can be refinished in any way. Note the pairings and eclectic feel.

Love the background color. Mixture of ethnic and cultural arts, rustic cabinet and furnishings.

These African Shona sculptures add a great accessory to contemporary or traditional interiors.

Love the different variety of color and texture these flower pots bring.

Great outdoor furniture and accessories to brighten any patio!

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