African art and design covers a huge range of styles, cultures, and time periods - many of which have had a big influence on modern Western furniture and textiles. Wood carving, batik dyeing, and weaving are old art forms found across Africa, and you'll still find some of the best handmade stools, tables, and fabrics in places like Cameroon, Mali, Congo, and Ivory Coast (just for starters). Click below for a tiny cross-section of African design and its impact on some of the Western decor we see every day...
Diamond Pattern Floor Cushion at World Market for $40: These floor cushions pull their motifs from the earth-toned diamond patterns of textiles made by the Kuba tribe in Congo (formerly Zaire).
Bamileke Stools from Cameroon: These elaborate round stools take the shape of the tree trunk from which they're carved.
Senufo Stools from Ivory Coast: These are traditionally carved by hand from a single tree trunk.
This red feathered piece from Michael Aram's living room is a ceremonial headdress used by the Bamileke tribe in Cameroon. They're available at several American stores, including Modern Dose for around $300.
Top Photo: Eames Elliptical Table ETR from Vitra