Images: New Caribbean Design
An association of Caribbean designers and artisans has banded together to form New Caribbean Design.  The Love, Freedom, Flow project, spearheaded by Patty Johnson, was originally produced in collaboration with six designers from the Caribbean region. Working closely with artisan producers, communities and craft production factories, the group created twenty new furniture, textile, home accessory and lighting products which represent the work of twenty-one companies from eight Caribbean nations including Haiti, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

The collection debuted in 2010 at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York and in September 2010 was shown at the launch of the Tom Dixon Shop as part of London Design Week.  A capsule collection, New Caribbean Design: Guyana, was presented at the Interior Design Show Toronto in January 2011. A few of my favourite designs are (from the top), Plaisance Lounger and Ottoman by Patty Johnson for Liana Cane made from Kufa vine and Nibbi cane, tobacco vases by Jean Paul Sylvaince for Art Expressions Workshop made from papier-mâché'd tobacco leaves and New Candlesticks by Patty Johnson for Amazon Authentics made from certified assorted timbers.

You can see the entire collection here.