kanju is a luxury interiors, art, and decor brand partnered with artists and artisans across the African continent. kanju’s collections feature meticulously handcrafted designs which use traditional materials and time honored techniques to express a contemporary African vernacular. By engaging directly with artists to curate an exclusive and collaborative body of work, kanju provides clients with unrivaled access to enjoy spectacular artworks in their own spaces around the world.
kanju partners with artists and artisans in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
At kanju, we derive profound inspiration from the talent and tenacity of our African artisan partners and from the rich textures, unique materials, and breathtaking artworks we encounter across the continent. This inspiration motivates us to curate works that represent the vast and varied landscape of African culture and artistic heritage. Committed to nurturing the growth of our artisan partners, we maintain robust relationships with our workshops—all in varying stages of independent development. By acknowledging structures in place and identifying areas that would benefit from additional resources for expansion, production support, or exploration of new techniques and artistic frontiers, kanju enables workshops and artisans to stretch the limits of their innovation and capabilities. Our strategic support equips workshops to grow by taking on new apprentices, producing larger volume series, advancing materials sourcing ability, and engaging with a broader global arts community to elevate designs that are compelling to our discerning global clientele. Our close engagement with workshops in turn enables clients to commission spectacular one-of-a-kind works and source unique pieces from specialty design series.
By connecting directly with our talented artisan partners and groups that support them, kanju creates a unified platform for us to impact a complex design process with footholds in cultures and communities across the African continent. Artisans maintain a dignified standard of living, supporting their families and often taking on leadership roles in their personal and artistic communities, to influence further economic development opportunities and inspire fellow artisans to advance their craft and business practices. At kanju, we aim always to harness our own awe of the works we encounter to empower artistic brilliance and support advancement in African communities.
We are…. Inspired by African talent and tenacity, empowering African brilliance.