In anticipation for our upcoming Afro-inspired Ideas and Pattern Issue, we’ve gathered some more bright finds from the Design Indaba Expo: Dizzying patterns, afro-cool colour, beautiful pattern combos, and colour blocking with wood and steel. Here’s the mix…

On one of our many scrambles through the Expo we found these super bright Langazela cushion covers (above) by Africa Ignite, handmade by rural women across KwaZulu-Natal. Its delightfully crazy patterns and colours had instant appeal. Heather Moore (previous DECO blogger) and Kelly Berman (Design Indaba Expo Manager) both listed this as their favourite find at this year’s Expo.

‘One can never have too many scatter cushions’, says Kelly Berman. She’s right. These cushions from Indigi Designs (above) combine local Shweshwe and African prints with modern geometric pattern, a hot trend this season.

Continuing this trend is Afrosol with their fun umbrellas. It’s made from bamboo, wire and fabric. They’ve combined traditional local prints with modern geometric prints for great pattern combos.

Colour blocking on wood also made an appearance in the form of Goet‘s hanging lights (above, left) and High Thorn‘s bright neon and wooden vessels (above, right).

Colourful wire products by Willard Masarurwa for Feeling African (above, left), paired with Woodlam‘s bright blue wooden chair (above, right) created a beautiful colour display at The Western Cape Furniture Initiative stand. Vogel presented a wood and wire combo in the form of their updated ‘Love Me Love Me Not Table’ (below).

And then some more wood and brights: A beautiful upcycled storage display unit (above) and quirky colourful legs (below) by Abode, also on display at The Western Cape Furniture Initiative stand.