Every year we curate a number of exhibits & exhibitions focused around a theme. Our 2019 theme was Culture & Heritage. The following exhibits debuted in the Entrance Gallery at the Nairobi National Museum during Nairobi Design Week 2019, where they stayed for six weeks. Please get in touch if you are interested in collaborations, artworks, commissions or hosting one of our exhibits.






Outer World Women, asked some of Nairobi Design Week’s favourite, East African female artists, illustrators and designers to create a piece inspired around the theme of Africans reconnecting to outer world beings, in collaboration with Africa Nouveau Festival.


Curated By: Nairobi Design Week & Africa Nouveau Festival

Previous Locations:

Africa Nouveau Festival, Ngong Race Course, Nairobi (7-9th March 2019)

NDW19, Nairobi National Museum (23rd March-10 May 2019)

Karen Village, Nairobi ( 25th May – 25th August 2019)

Works by:

Partners: Africa Nouveau Festival


Face-ing Urban Africa


When we think about urban design, we often do not think about the womxn who create, manage and experience the true essence of design and urban space.

Nairobi Design Week and Matri-Archi have come together in a photographic project that generates inquiry and discourse through the many faces that inspire and shape Urban Africa.

Created during Nairobi Design Week 2019, and captured on 35mm film by Aisha Mugo, this series of 15 portraits showcases Kenyan womxn with a global awareness of urban narratives, together with their personal stories of Culture & Heritage grounded in relevant contemporary issues.



Curated By: Nairobi Design Week & Matri-Archi

Exhibition Premiere: Nairobi National Museum (23rd March-10 May 2019)

Works by: Aisha Mugo

Partners: Matri-Archi



The Things That We Do


NEON x 98 Crafted’s collaborative exhibition ‘The Things That We Do’, is a response to gentrification, globalisation and a culture of homogenised creativity.

Through the African tradition of storytelling, they discovered and translated local habits into objects co-designed with artisans, supported by the British Council’s ‘East Africa Arts’ Programme, an annual open call for 18-35 year old artists, organisations and collectives from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania.

The exhibition launched at Design Week Addis Ababa

Each object was 3D scanned to


Curated By: Nairobi Design Week, 98 Crafted and NEON

Exhibition Locations:

Design Week Addis Ababa 2019 (16th -17th February 2019)

Nairobi Design Week 2019 (23rd March -10 May 2019)

Karen Village, Nairobi ( 25th May – 25th August 2019)

Works by:

Research: 98 Crafted

Design: Studio NEON

Making: Ethiopian and Kenyan artisans

Partners: British Council, 98 Crafted, NEON

Maasai Selfie Guy & other sculptures


Grishon Ngare of Brickhouse concepts made his first ever work out of 60KSh worth of scrap metal and sold it for 3000KSh. During Nairobi Design Week 2019, his Maasai selfie guy became a bit with everyone from students to celebrities, and made appearances on national media. The sculpture allows visitors to place their phone in his hand and crowd around for a selfie. The video below gives insights into Grishon’s process and how he got started designing sculptures out of scrap metal and other materials.

Grishon’s other works show the range of subjects and materials he works with, from small animals that can fit on a desktop, to a life-size woman carrying a basket.

Curated By: Nairobi Design Week

Exhibition Premiere: Nairobi National Museum (23rd March-10 May 2019)

Current Location: African Creative Center, Karen Village, Nairobi (until 25th August 2019)

Future locations: TBA

Works by: Grishon Ngare, Brickhouse Concepts

Partners: Brickhouse Concepts


PlasticScene & James Shaw


James Shaw is a fine objects designer who runs a studio in south London specializing in the Design and manufacture of bespoke, production furniture, products, sculptural objects and material research. He has exhibited internationally including at the Design museum, The Irish museum of Modern art and many more. He is known for winning the Arc chair Design Award. His work is in the permanent collections of MoMA among others. James’ plastic extrusion gun allows plastic to be recycled into unique products. He ran interactive workshops and exhibited his creations at Nairobi Design Week 2019, supported by the British Council’s Design Connections grant programme.

The PlasticScene exhibit includes a ‘plastics library’ where the general public can learn more about the materials.

Curated By: James Shaw & Laura Houseley (Modern Design Review)

Exhibition Premiere:

London Design Festival 2018 (international launch)

Nairobi National Museum (23rd March-10 May 2019, African launch)

Future locations: TBA

Works by: James Shaw & Modern Design Review

Partners: British Council, Modern Design Review, ‘Say hi to’





Our exhibits in 2018 were centered around the theme of Resource & Community. Exhibitors included:

Precious Plastic

Ocean Sole

Juan De Lascurain

Flip Flopi

Beta Kwa Bega Artists