The Kouamo Blog

Where to shop Kouamo in Blackheath? In 'Home'

Home shop in blackheath

We’re delighted to announce that our colourful range of Kouamo stationery is now stocked at ‘Home’ a lovely family lifestyle store and cafe in Lee Road, Blackheath. Since opening ‘Home’, shop owner Maritza Masiello has had quite a rollercoaster ride. We got chatting to find out more and to discover her top tips for places to visit in and around the Blackheath area...

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Sketchbook secrets

Kouamo Sketchbook

Looking inside a designer’s sketchbook can be like taking a peek inside their mind. Last month Kouamo took part in the March Meet the Maker challenge set by Joanne Hawker on Instagram. It was a brilliant way to get to know more about the people behind the designs. We particularly loved delving inside their sketchbooks. Here are a few of our favourites...

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Dublin Travel Tales

Contemporary Collective - London Edit - Dublin

Visiting somewhere for the first time is always an adventure, but particularly so when you’re heading to your destination to take part in something special. This February Kouamo was invited by the UKTI to showcase in ‘The Contemporary Collective - London Edition’ within Arnotts in Central Dublin. I made the most of my time in Ireland and discovered glimpses of Georgian splendour, colourful street art, some stylish shopping and more. Here are my highlights:

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My Life in Colour: Tapiwa Matsinde, Atelier Fifty-five

Baobab Gift Tins

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’...

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Glorious Greenery

Greenery Pantone Color palette 2017

For 2017 Pantone has selected Greenery ‘a refreshing and revitalising shade, symbolic of new beginnings’ as their chosen colour. We love this fresh yellow-green shade, tones of which are featured in our designs. It brings to mind new shoots unfurling in the lush Cameroonian landscape, an inspiration for our Bangou Collection.

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New Year New Shows


This year we’re excited to be spreading our wings a little further, with new stockists and showcases for Kouamo designs.  Here are just a few of our forthcoming shows and events, so do save the dates and watch this space for more news coming soon.

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Inspired by Lisbon

Lisbon Kouamo

After a brilliantly busy Christmas period at Kouamo I took a trip to Lisbon for a much needed winter break. I felt the call for the sun on my skin and for the invigoration of new explorations and inspirations. Lisbon did not disappoint. Here is a visual diary sharing just a few of the sights which caught my eye and warmed my heart.

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Four F’s for a Festive Home

Debi Treloar for Selina Lake's 'Winter Living'

Wherever you live or whatever your beliefs, chances are that the winter months will be celebrated or marked in some way. We love the mixture of traditions which have touched our lives and the hotchpotch of festive objects we have gathered for our home over the years. For us Christmas is about comfort, celebration and personal touches. We’re happy to put aside the idea of ‘perfect styling’ and to opt for simple, effortless ideas so we can spend quality time with the ones we love.

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