As the weather beings to cool, it may be time to think about redecorating to suit the winter months. Australian furniture brand Coastal Drift specialises in handmade African inspired interiors and has recently introduced six pieces to its product offering that work perfectly for winter theming. The new releases include chairs, loungers, baskets and tables made out of Malawi Cane and are available in navy and chocolate colours.

Coastal Drift owner and Australian and New Zealand distributor of Malawi Cane Monique Ryan-Musacchio sells a variety of handmade African homewares and furniture. She says they are making a comeback due to their versatility, handmade nature and origins, which people appreciate. “Our African homewares are easily adapted to many styles and they can work with other furniture pieces and theming. You can introduce textures and patterns to soften a room or add warmth – perfect for the cooler months,” she said.

The range of homewares sold by Coastal Drift are by Collaborative Craft Projects based in Zimbabwe, who use natural and plentiful materials such as ilala palm, Ibhuma reeds and sisal to make the traditional homewares. “We’re proudly 100% African and authentic,” Monique says. “All the furniture we sell is made by villagers in rural Malawi. It is a traditional African art, where it takes ten days to complete one traditional single chair … Each product is unique – completely made by hand from start to finish”.

The entire range of homewares and furniture can be completely customised from the pattern to the colour treatment. Monique says that the brand is seeing quite a drive for unique basket designs. “We love collaborating on design and the whole creative process with our clients – be it designers, retailers, stylists, architects.”

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