Image: Boabab Pop Art and African Print Inspired Gift Tins by Aduna. Courtesy of Atelier Fifty-five
Tapiwa Matsinde is an author, writer and content publisher living in London. She writes about African design for her blog Atelier Fifty-five and is the author of Contemporary Design Africa, an illustrative art book that profiles Kouamo alongside the work of 50 or so designers, makers and artisans from and inspired by Africa. This is Tapiwa’s ‘Life in Colour’...
Describe your current favourite colour or colour palette and how it makes you feel?
Images: Ghislaine Viñas Shweshwe Wallpaper by Flavor Paper (Left) Fokhar collection, Large Yellow Tray by Tinja (Right). Courtesy of Atelier Fifty-five
Ultramarine blue is my all time favourite colour. There is something about the depth, intensity and warmth of that particular hue that draws me in every time I see it. The colour energises me. But as I have gotten older I am finding myself drawn to yellow, sunflower yellow to be more specific if only for the reason that it makes me happy, puts me in a positive mood.
Can you tell us about a brave colour choice you made, which you feel paid off?
Images: Seating by Recreate (Left) Minimalist House, South Africa - Home Trend Design (Right). Courtesy of Atelier Fifty-five
White is the Colour of Light, I often dismiss it as a non-colour, a blank canvas on which to build upon and transform, but recently it has become an important colour in my life, having a noticeable effect on my mood and overall wellbeing. Whilst decorating a room and undecided on the colours to use I opted for all white furniture and furnishings as a temporary solution, using warm undertones and natural, tactile textures to keep it from becoming clinical. I started to notice that whenever I entered the room I instantaneously felt a sense of calm, so much so that I would go and stand in it for few minutes whenever I needed collect my thoughts. As a result the room has become my sanctuary, the place I go to think, read and write.
Can you tell us about a place you have visited which is particularly memorable to you in terms of colour?
Image: Dakar, Senagal, Courtesy of Tapiwa © , Atelier Fifty-five
I spent some time in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. Dakar is a highly creative city filled with vibrant colours - from the decorated fisherman's boats lined up along the shoreline to the sundrenched colours adorning buildings. You cannot help but feel invigorated and inspired to explore your own creativity while you are there.
For a period of time the artist Sophie Calle only ate monochromatic meals in which the foods were the same colour. Which colour would you choose for your meal today?
The Food & Drink section of Atelier Fifty-five features many rich warm tones - chocolate, coffee, nuts, baobab, tea, cake and spices but if I had to restrict myself to only one food colour, then it would have to be green because there is more choice available to keep things interesting and I do love dark green leafy veg. Is it cheating to also include the occasional glass of sparkling wine from this beautiful bottle? I fell in love with the label and the story behind the design.
Images: Stills from Ghalia Mahmoud Cooking Show – 25TV (Left) Suiker Bossie, Cap Classique Brut by Boer & Brit (Right). Courtesy of Atelier Fifty-five