I first came across Ngala Trading Co. when they premiered at the NYNOW show (a home goods & lifestyle trade show in New York) about 5 or so years ago. We were walking the endless aisles of the Javits Center ready to finish up for the day when we saw the Ngala booth. Immediately drawn to the horn accessories, whimsical animal printed silk pillows and gorgeous hide accented furniture pieces my colleagues and I were instantly obsessed and proceeded to write multiple orders; professional and personal alike. I walked away with my own set of cream horn vases, Ghanian Glass beads, and the cheetah table runner.
Founded to promote and distribute the artistry of Indigenous African Design to consumers across North America, Ngala Trading collaborates with artisans across Africa to produce beautifully handcrafted lighting, furniture, and decor accents. The designs incorporate richly textured exotic materials, including leather, horn and ostrich feathers, all sustainably sourced as part of ongoing conservation efforts.
With each passing season, the brand has extended its collection heavier into the furniture and lighting arena. They have also expanded the spectacular pillow collection from silk to more textures including velvet and canvas while always adding new innovative accessories and décor offerings.
Most recently, the company teamed up with South African Lighting designer Xavier Clarisse to bring a curated selection of botanical inspired lighting to North America.
Xavier, an artist specializing in sculpture, crafts the beautiful lights to artistically mimic the subtropical scenery in Durban, South Africa.
The Delicious Light inspired by the Monstera Deliciosa plant features bendable leaves creating a true sculpture like piece.
The Blade Light, inspired by a bamboo leaf is also actually made of leather and treated in multiple steps to ensure durability.
I can't wait to see what is next for this company & all of the exciting collaborations ahead.
To further explore the line & read more about the founders's story go to Ngala Trading Co.