African design is finally getting its much-deserved spotlight.  

After having been overlooked, stereotyped, or appropriated for many years, it is being redefined by a new crop of exceptionally talented designers from the continent and diaspora.  

Overcoming challenges often drives creativity – but it is key for Ilé Ilà, the furniture brand started by Tosin Oshinowo in 2017.  

Eva Sonaike is born in Germany, based in London, and is a former journalist turned textiles and interior designer who draws on her Yoruba heritage to create colorful collections of cushions, rugs, lamps, wallpapers, and textiles.  

50-year-old furniture designer, Peter Mabeo launched his eponymous brand in 2006, weaves the skills of local craftspeople and traditional techniques into his designs – which helps amplify their work. 

 Tania Doumbe Fines, 28, an interior design graduate and self-taught artisan, met musician Elodie Dérond, 25, in 2018 after studying in Montreal, Canada.  

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