Celebrating World Environment / Oceans / Bicycle Days with Design

June 15, 2020

Celebrating World Environment / Oceans / Bicycle Days with Design

Working with “old” materials and embracing new and different uses for them creates a profound sense of rebirth that fills a space with distinct warmth and charm. In honor of World Environment/World Oceans/World Bicycle Days this month, we would like to shine the spotlight on Malawian artisan group Katundu. They do fantastic work transforming discarded items and materials into stunning furniture, lighting and décor, and they have truly elevated concepts of green living and up-cycling to a high art form.

Our selection of Bicycle Cog Globe lighting, mirrors and tables are made from antique bicycle cogs inset with reclaimed copper discs and recycled tumbled glass, creating stunning shadows and sparkling colors when touched by light. Many of these antique bicycle cogs are from bicycles used during the first World War, and some still sport the original manufacturers’’ logos from the early 20th century. The effect for both the furniture and the lighting ends up being very industrial-chic… perfect to warm up a modern space or add a bit of glamour to a Boho theme.

We also offer handmade, vintage wood décor from Katundu. Made from abandoned fishing boats found along the shores of Lake Nyasa, between Malawi and Mozambique, artisans separate and clean each individual piece of wood, taking special care to preserve the original sun-bleached, water-worn paint, to create their stunning Nyasa Canoe Wall Sculptures.

In recent years, interest in utilizing salvaged materials rather than relying on new manufacturing has been consistently trending upward. This is correlated with growing concern regarding the negative effects that mass production has on our planet, but it is also connected to our desire to return to what is familiar and comfortable and feel linked to the past. Taking items that were forgotten or dsicarded and breathing new creativity into them fills a deeply rooted longing to hold onto things that have meaning and a story of their own. At Kanju, we love offering beautiful recycled and refurbished pieces as a slice of history, snapshots of a time since passed, and helping our clients surround themselves with pieces of a great and ongoing human story






Also in News

8 Simple Ways to Bring In the Outdoors
8 Simple Ways to Bring In the Outdoors

July 30, 2020

View full article →

Wangari Maathai:  Being the Change in a Changing World
Wangari Maathai: Being the Change in a Changing World

June 15, 2020

The late Nobel Peace Prize winner and renowned environmental and human rights activist Wangari Maathai has been a long time heroine and source of inspiration for kanju. Her acclaimed 2006 memoir, Unbowed, is a book, and Ms. Maathai the type of inspirational leader, that we all need right now. Hers was a life of service marked by the breaking of boundaries—refusing to ever let the word impossible enter her mind. 

View full article →

“Design transcends agenda. It speaks to the politics of optimism.”  – Paul Bennett
“Design transcends agenda. It speaks to the politics of optimism.” – Paul Bennett

June 15, 2020

Design at its core has always been about people and how we interact with one another. It is the silent expression of our community values and the motionless coordinator of our daily movements, both large and small. Any archaeologist or urban planner will tell you: architecture, the layout of the built environment and the design of space tell the story of who we are and help define who we aim to be. For every space we inhabit, whether our homes, offices, parks, restaurants, city streets or public gathering spaces, there are unspoken cues for how we exist in the space and how we connect to the environment and one another.

View full article →

Sign up today! To Learn More About our Story