There’s so much great design coming out of Kenya these days that there’s no way we could cover everything, but we wanted to inspire you for the holidays and give you some ideas before the new year. Whether for friends, family or yourself, we hope you find something here that makes someone’s life better.
We’ve split the list into three sections- fashion, furniture, cards & gifts. None of the listings below were sponsored, we just love their work.
They had one busy year, taking part in an enormous amount of markets and events in Nairobi as well as managing to take their Barrack Obama chair all the way to Kisumu when the former US president visited.
Their mission is to help small-scale furniture manufacturers improve the quality and design of their products and to create new markets for their goods.
LULU KITOLOLO STUDIO
Well known for her incredible illustrations, which can be found on anything from phone cases to bookmarks, notebooks, postcards and greetings cards. You can find their products at the Made in Kenya Store, Sandstorm Kenya stores (Sarit, The Hub, Village Market, Yaya); Polka dot Gallery; Wasp & Sprout; and Republi_ke.
Sustainable lifestyle, interior and product design converge with baobab lamps, natural oils, greetings cards and much more.
The brand that inspired many others made a big comeback this year with Iona McCreath making appearances at Lagos Fashion Week and Kisumu Fashion Week, with a hand crafted new collection that has been worn by some of Kenya’s biggest stars.