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High life tailored

High Life Tailored was born in 2015 after Tom travelled to Ghana with a film crew and stumbled across the Arts Centre in downtown Accra. Filled with hundreds of colourful, intricate fabrics that reflect the vibrancy of the country, he was inspired to find a tailor that would make western style suits using six yards of local textile. Upon his return to London, and wearing the suits around the city and at parties, the reaction from people wanting their own slice of Ghana was too great not to set up High Life Tailored and bring the unique colours from a corner of West Africa to the rest of the World.   Returning to Ghana a few months later, Tom picked the initial 19 designs that make up the High Life range, met with Gloria and Israel the tailors and set the wheels in motion. As a lover of Ghanaian music, Tom chose the name High Life due to the genre of funk music that emanated from Ghana at the turn of the 20th century. High Life is …

Playtime with designers Ying Zhang and Ida Thonsgaard

Ying Zhang and Ida Thonsgaard’s Playtime is flooring, a chair and a table that starts flat and is folded into shape. The furniture works almost like paper folding. When unfolded, it is flat, lightweight and easy to transport. With two specfic folding techniques, the flat pieces are transformed into a chair or a table, held together with clips and small magnets. The floor boards are also put together with easy ‘click’ joints and the length/width can be continued endlessly. One of the main themes of the collection is ‘fabric’ – how to give solid, interior pieces a light and playful character, through the use of texture and pattern and a ‘fluid’ assembling method. Using wood, laminate and bright blue and orange colours, the self-essembly pieces evoke the visual imagery of classic childhood toys. The collection also include stilistic refrences back to both Asian and Scandinavian design traditions, fusing origami and the patterns of knitted, nordic sweaters. Zhang and Thonsgaard.  Ying Zhang and Ida Thonsgaard work within the field of product, space and surface design with a background in chinese/asian …

Yama Clothing is popping up in Dubai

Dubai has seen a rise of local and independent retailers delivering unique and innovative designs that challenge the offerings of well-known brands. Small pop-up stores that deliver a healthy dose of individuality and character. FNND found two people who have been busy travelling in search of fabrics in the souqs and markets of the world. So meet the creators of Yama Clothing. FNND met up with Beth and Kamal – the people behind the project to talk exotic fabrics, Sun Ra and scrunchies over a coffee. 1. So, we really love Yama, what was it that motivated you to create it? Beth: There was a lack of clothing options that we were into in Dubai. So we often set out making our own with the many great tailors over here. We really enjoyed the whole process of picking out our own fabrics and turning them into one-off pieces of clothing, rather than buying a mass-produced item. So many people were asking where they could get one that the idea grew from there. We still only …

‘Meet D3’ Opens in Dubai Design District.

Dubai Design District (d3) has announced its programming for its open-to-the-public event from the 2nd to the 4th April 2015 taking place at d3 district in Dubai.  “Meet d3”, has been specifically commissioned to feature a compelling mix of local, regional and international designers, artists, musicians, concept retailers and unique dining experiences. Event timings: DAY 1 – April 2, 2015 | 6pm – 12am DAY 2 – April 3, 2015 | 2pm – 12am DAY 3 – April 4, 2015 | 2pm – 12am Whilst the overall program caters to all creative enthusiasts, a specially curated kids program include having British culinary wiz kids Bompas & Parr building a show-stopping Artisanal Chewing Gum Factory, where children are invited to learn the secrets of chewing manufacture at Dubai’s first micro-factory especially created for “Meet d3.” Other than learning about the secrets behind chewing gum, families can engage in learning how to screen print their own t-shirts with Hit & Run, or just get their hands dirty with many arts and crafts activities throughout the three days. Design …