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Inspirational Property Styling and bespoke customization of soft furnishings, driven by the creative talent at Savannah Design Studio, has excelled this company and positioned them as one of the fast-paced movers in the increasingly demanding world of Interiors, writes Humphrey ODHIAMBO.

TOP-NOTCH HOTELS going for nothing less than groundbreaking design, has reasons to beckon Savannah Design Studio – a powerhouse of talents. Transformation in the hotelier industry is fast calling for customization. Quality that speaks volumes as well as on-the-dot delivery has distinguished Savannah Design Studio as a leading interiors solutions provider targeting a clear niche of the market.

From humble beginnings three years ago, the firm opened a fascinating chapter in the Hotel Industry that was then yearning a wide range of unique and quality driven soft furnishings. With an organization focused on understanding, capturing and delivering a Client’s aspirations, an aggressive growth plan, methodical Project Management and an enormous amount of passion, Savannah Design Studio made it’s mark.

The road to victory wouldn’t have started any better were it not for the confidence and opportunity granted by the leadership of Tribe Hotel for Savannah Design Studio to design soft furnishings for their brand new elite property in Gigiri. Savannah Design Studio’s Chief Designer, Sandeep Thethy, a Kenyan returning from the UK, who’d quickly realized a gap in high quality, locally designed and manufactured, affordable soft furnishings did not hesitate to take the challenge head-on.

Valuable springboard

More often referred to as Sandy, the Managing Director of the design studio recalls that Tribe Hotel was a valuable springboard. “ The entire Project was driven by such an experienced, talented and creative team that expected nothing less than an elite design, rightly so for their position in the market. Our freedom in creativity for the soft-furnishings had to come from a refreshed thinker – a client really pushing standard design boundaries in a hotel room,” Sandy notes. She attributes the success of the project along with a range of subsequent engagements to her highly talented team ably steered by Christine Nduku that assists in the Management of their team of 35 highly experienced Tailors and Master Beaders.

“I am delighted to work with an inspired team that had harnessed a new thinking in this segment of the industry that cherishes quality interiors,” says Christine. It’s that appreciation that has enabled us to flexibly work within tight timelines in order measure to any calendar of Design Trends to our craftsmanship that guarantees quality says Christine.

Enviable customization

Although Savannah originally focused on designing and producing soft furnishings, it soon after the successful in-time delivery of enviable bespoke bed furnishings to the Tribe Hotel developed quickly to provide full interior design solutions.

The opportunity to create stunning productions, has over the last two years endeared a number of the Hotelier Industry players to Savannah’s fold of clients. They range from seven star Global Brands such as the Intercontinental Group of Hotels, the multi award winning Leopard Beach Resort and Spa, the Tribe Hotel in Nairobi that has featured in the New York Times, the Sarova Group, Sierra Bars and Restaurants to exclusive High End Luxury Eco Lodges across East Africa.

By answering to a clear niche in the market, the design studio draws on a myriad of cultural influences across Africa. It delivers amongst it’s cutting edge modern collections, eco–chic contemporary interior design solutions and offers soft furnishings combining stunning African hand painted beads and accessories with luxurious, high quality, durable fabric sourced from within the continent.

Co-works seamlessly

Sandy, whose inspiration in interiors and friendly approach to provide a comprehensive service enables her to with ease partner and seamlessly co-work with different Interior designers in either residential and hotel projects.

Essentially, Savannah ensures that International Standards of Project Management are sustained so as to guarantee the much-needed customer retention rate. “Currently 100 percent of our customers provide repeat projects,” Sandy affirmed attributing the success to her team’s quest of cherishing quality and upholding the tenets in interior design.

The effort to achieve wow designs that turn heads squarely calls for Sandy’s time. Today, there is no interiors oriented project that is too large or too small. Either of them receives the optimum attention. “Contemporary Design is about function as well as form and each project is viewed as a collaboration between Designer and Client to ensure that the environment created delivers ergonomics, practicality as well as beauty”, noting that it’s the drive to translating a Client’s vision, that makes the firm’s service stand-out.

Co-opetition not competition

Sandy, passionate about transformation in Kenya’s interiors market, stresses that the sector players need each other now more than ever before.

“Unity is strength of purpose,” she quips adding that the much needed professional bespoke interior services to a range of growing clientele worldwide requires a collaboration that will contribute into turning Kenya’s economy around. Emphatic that this would be tenable through co-opetition and not competition, Sandy points out that investing into a strong interiors body would catalyse an equal gain for equal gain for all players as some of the existing bottle-necks in the industry can effectively be addressed. ‘There is a cataclysmic level of design talent in this Country and in respect to quality, variety and ingenuity, Kenya can present itself very respectfully in terms of Interior Design talent on the Continent, something that we certainly don’t promote enough across Africa and beyond .’

She in this regard wishes to link with the like-minded to actualize the already conceptualized Interiors Association of Kenya. “There’s more for interior sector players to benefit from this association,” says Sandy reckoning that it will increase the opportunities for larger manufacturers and smaller, more customized industry players.

Following the experience of working nationally and internationally, Savannah Design Studio is taking their Product abroad to the USA and Europe. This has been a long and challenging process, but the effort worth it with the results of seeing a Kenyan made product competing at an International level.

The deliberate effort, manifested in the company’s value seeks to harness and develop the superior craftsmanship of local artists and community groups across Kenya. It as well intends to preserve and promote the country’s unique creative ability through individual projects while educating clients on the Kenyan cultural diversity through carefully sourced local fabric, finishes and accessories.

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Contemporary African Art



This is a joint exhibition by two artists (Husband & Wife Oywecha and Ruth). Each showing Talent & Own Expressions.

In Ruth’s Art, she expresses her thoughts, dreams and emotions not forgetting other ideas from within and without. She tries to create by seeing everything as they are in constant effort. She has always tried to nourish her feelings and doing so by deriving materials from the world about us and assimilating the external world about us and assimilating the external world within herself and projecting them into mediums as her own creation. Her art has evolved significantly and in the process, she has become an accomplished and prolific artist.

In Oywecha’s painting color and his technique combine to express and or elicit powerful emotions. Some have linked his paintings with cubism, which is sought to depict an intellectual and abstract reality. His paintings have a tendency of pulling apart and examining conventions of existing models of expression, his own characteristics and unique style. Some term his work as geometrical due to its simplification.

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Rarely are middle-class homes built with a top of the level interiors-architectural approach and mix expansive space to allow the home occupant to style the space, but as writes Jeniffer MBOGORI, Kivulini Thika is a rare homely setting with stylish apartments.

The magnificent development of Kivulini Thika situated along the Thika Garissa Road that is only a few minutes drive from Thika’s-Central Business District set a remarkable standard for affordable residential units that’s emerging in Kenya of late.

The awesomely compelling homes spaciously built on a five acre prime land is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious addresses in Thika comprising 31 beautiful maisonettes and 96 stylish apartments.

All residences are characterized by light open spaces, high-quality finishing, and a design concept that few other developments can match.

Refined architectural thinking

With ample parking, stunning landscaping and onsite community shopping facilities Kivulini Thika oozes an ultimate statement of a lifestyle that combines the elements of top class living. Its refined architectural thinking thus offers a special connection to would be home-owner or tenant. Making the good use of Kivulini – a Swahili word that means at the shade -the unique dwelling place gives an impression of quality treat from this sound architecture and interior design works.

There’s no doubt the team behind the project actualized it and put functionality of every room at the forefront. This is certainly where one hardly feels like any other home-buyer or a new tenant in a new place but the inviting environment as well as the architectural works jogs the mind of the visitor to invest.

Large open Plans

While having the homely feel of the maisonettes with three large bedrooms, master en-suite, ample wardrobe space, a separate WC/Shower room, large open plan reception and a dining room with study area and fireplace one can’t help but feel the warmth of modernity that makes Kivulini Thika significantly differently.

The well ventilated spacious kitchen with a large store room adjacent an independent store and yard is so inviting as it is graced with an outdoor nyamachoma terrace and private garden.

Additional benefits to this stylish home is a well thought-out guest WC/cloak room, two dedicated car parking spots and a detached en-suite domestic servants quarter. A fascinating dedicated roof-top clothes-hanging open air space, built-in gas connection with secure external bottle cage depicts a thought process of an architect and interior designer who really had in mind about the functionality of each home.

Interiors at Kivulini Thika is all about going beyond expectations. While the elegance starts from the wow exterior landscape, the interiors speak of switched-on pomp of a lifestyle that is prided by many home seekers or home buyers.

Elegant flooring using high quality tiles, chic built-in wardrobes, quality ironmongery, stylish and practical kitchen cabinets, quality sanitary fittings including vanity basins with mixers/taps, WC and shower gives a tinge of the positives that each residence holds.


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Chummer revamps commercial division



One of the region’s leading fabricators of custom metal works has in recent months moved to strengthen its commercial business division in the wake of huge demand from property developers in the region for the firm’s high quality metal works.

Chummer has been conducting business in the regional market for a while and has grown a reputation for high quality design and fabrication of unique and custom crafted ornamental metal for residential and commercial use.

Ornamental Chummer Iron WorksChummer GardensIn recent months, the firm has stepped up its efforts to serve the wider commercial market in the region.

“The market is thirsty for quality and elegant design,” says the General Manager, Mr. Mudasir Gul. “Gone are the days when you would just fabricate metal and hope for a good day in the market.

We have since found our niche in the art of crafting ornamental metal.”

Given the volumes and quantities involved in this segment of the market, the firm has equally moved to transform is delivery capacity and mechanisms to ensure it can meet demand at any one given time from as many clients.

“It is not easy to deal with a market that is rapidly growing, more so if that market is the commercial segment,” Mr. Gul says. “For instance, to fabricate stair rails that would be fitted in a commercial development of a so many floors may require plenty of material and a faster delivery approach. These are the considerations we have been working upon to ensure we deliver successful as we have so far done.”

It also means having sufficient manpower, equipment and constant supply of electricity to ensure the work is done faster and without any interruptions. Chummer has ensured all these factors are in play, and the firm is believed to be setting a precedent that should be emulated by other players in the industry to ensure the market is served adequately.

Ornamental Chummer“As it is, we can only serve the market to a certain level, however efficient we are at what we do,” Mr. Gul says. “All of us in this segment of the market must wake up to the realities facing us so we keep up pace with the rapidly changing environment for both interiors and exteriors of any building projects in progress.”

The firm has in recent months excelled so well in residential property arena, and is said to be one of the leading suppliers of stair rails, ornamental lighting fixtures, gates, fences, balconies, window frames, metallic beds, tables and chairs as well as plexi glass. The firm has since launched a massive drive for its stainless steel and aluminium product range as well, which has attracted a huge demand from clients.

Chummer is said to be leading the quest to meet the demands of the entire East Africa region with these products, an objective that has placed the firm on a very strong course towards success.

Chummer has been conducting business in the regional market for a while and has grown a reputation for high quality design and fabrication of unique and custom crafted ornamental metal for residential and commercial use.

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