Here are 10 bizarre and beautiful African and African-inspired chairs that double as art and furniture. Many are made from recycled materials, or materials only found in Africa.
This chair is easy to assemble — it’s just two pieces of wood (one with gorgeous carvings) criss-crossed to create a seat. These types of chairs are found all over Africa, but we found instructions on how to create your own at Instructables.com.
This chair is by designer Marcel Breur, and was made in 1921. It’s made from oak and cherry wood, hemp, wool, cotton, silk, brocade of gold and other fabrics, giving it a very earthy, but also romantic and tribal look.
This is another African-inspired piece you can find through Anthropologie’s online store. The upholstery is an African wax fabric, and we love how it’s a tribal print, with a very modern, luxurious shape. Let this be your main office chair and you’ll impress clients!
This chair has a similar construction to the two-board chair, but we love the wicker look, making it great for a poolside chair or porch chair. The chair is made from certified African mahogany, and has UV-resistant cords that won’t wear in the sun.
We think these would make amazing chairs for a child’s room, or even a playroom in a kindergarten. They’d make great inspiration for any arts and crafts area. And because they’re made from fabrics and ropes, they’re soft and safe for children’s use.
This chair would go great in any bohemian-style home. It reminds us of an African woven basket, and it just looks like it would hug you when you sit in it. Having a set of these in a sunny room facing the windows for afternoon naps would be just perfect.
Two of these chairs would make great heads of the table at your dining room table. This is a woven chair, so it’s actually much lighter than it looks. We love the elaborate design, which would add life to any monotone room.
This chair sort of mimics one of the Big Five animals in Africa, almost as if it’s a giraffe arching up towards the sun. It comes from the Ngombe people of Democratic Republic of Congo, and is made with wood and copper studs. It’s a great chair to lounge and read in for hours.
This bright and cheery piece has a hand-woven seat depicting women and children in Africa dancing in celebration of the rain. This is a limited-edition piece, sturdily built, and would be a great, energetic piece to put in a breakfast nook and start your day in.
This regal-looking chair comes from Maasai African crafts. It would make a great statement piece in the entrance of your home, or extra seat in an office or study. The chair is very representative of the Lamu style from Kenya.