Collection by Allie Weiss

Genius Repurposing of Materials from Ghana to Swaziland


For 20 years, Design Indaba has been celebrating African design in its annual festival in Cape Town. But beyond the show, it continues to celebrate creativity emerging from the African continent. Here, we've gathered two projects that showcase how designers across Africa are using recycled materials, from paper to car parts, in innovative ways.

Based in Swaziland, Quazi Design started as a jewelry maker in 2009, and now produces home accessories and furniture.
Quazi Design uses discarded magazines as its base material.
The pillows are hand-printed on hemp canvas. Quazi Design produces its goods in a factory in Mbabane.
Dutch designers Melle Smets and Joost van Onna undertook a project with craftspeople in the Ghanaian neighbourhood of...
The scraps originate from European cars, and over 200,000 workers in the neighborhood recycle them into vehicles that...
Melle Smets and Joost van Onna worked with the local craftspeople to craft a special car, the SMATI Turtle 1, that was...

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