Monday, March 18, 2013

Crushing on Bamileke stools & tables

They've been around for a few years but I'm just getting on the Bamileke stool bandwagon. Originating in Cameroon and carved from a single tree trunk, they were traditionally used by the king. The criss-cross design is inspired by the earth spider, which is said to play a crucial role in solving problems in the Bamileke culture.


I considered purchasing West Elm's well-priced coffee table version when I decided I needed more texture and rustic-ness in my living room, but I'm not a big fan of the feet at the bottom. There are lots of Bamileke stools sold online, both authentic and reproductions, in small and large sizes. Usually they come in natural stain, black or white, but they're fun in colors too. I've noticed them used in both indoor and outdoor locations, and in both casual and high-end rooms.










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Right now I'm totally crushing on the last one above for my living room -- a coffee table version painted in white. Originally I wanted the natural wood, because every room needs several touches of real wood, but now I'm thinking that the white would help balance my new black and white color scheme, coordinating with the adjoining kitchen.

I wish they weren't so pricey, since a new coffee table is not on The Mr.'s high priority list! I'll thank him when it's time to retire.

Have you noticed these stools/tables in home design? What's your take?

Hollie

4 comments:

  1. Have to admit, I've never seen/noticed them before as they don't have them here - but I do love the lattice effect, gives a rather large piece a bit of lightness! Heck with retirement, go for it!! ;) xxx

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  2. I have one already, a little one, and want a huge one. I love them!!!

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  3. Hi there,

    My wife (who is cameroonian) and I are selling bamileke stools & tables, and juju hats.We do good prices... Our website is on building, if you are interested don't hesitate to contact us: tias-@hotmail.fr
    At your disposal!

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