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interview on our radar
By Will Speros

CREATIVE SPARK

Two designers find inspiration in and outside
of their communities

Sandra Githinji

Photo by SIMON WHITBREAD

Creative Director
Sandra Githinji

Githinji in Sydney restaurant Little Lagos, which
she dressed in West African-style textiles

Last summer, Melbourne-based
multidisciplinary designer Sandra Githinji
crafted an artful homage to Nigeria with Little
Lagos. The design of the restaurant in Sydney's
Newtown neighborhood not only channels West
African cuisine through a color palette inspired
by capsicums, chili peppers, and tomatoes, but
also the distinctive craftsmanship of the Nigerian
metropolis. Textiles like indigo-dyed cotton
transport diners to the bustling markets of Lagos.
" The project came to me at a time when I was
enthralled by African architectural history, "
Githinji says. " It gave me the opportunity to
engage with African history and culture and
celebrate our authenticity by bringing forward
old artisanship. "
Originally from Kenya, Githinji took a leap of
faith when she launched her firm in 2019 at the
age of 25. " [I learned to] trust myself more, " she
says. " We are capable and equipped to do what we
fear most. So just do it. There are no failures, just
lessons along the way. "
In addition to interior design, Githinji's
portfolio includes artwork and a homeware
collection, Bloom, for which she is currently
raising funds to put into production. The series
of polyresin vases aims to honor and preserve
the historic memory of notable African women
through sculptural busts of the Zulu Queen
Nandi and others.
No matter the medium, Githinji says her work
must always inspire and inform. " It is important
to embed meaning in the work. I don't subscribe
to the idea that design genius is intrinsic, rather
that it is the culmination of listening to your
client, seeking knowledge, critically analyzing the
information, and responding emphatically. "
In that same vein, Githinji encourages other
young Black designers to stake their claim in an
industry where representation needs to matter
more. " I love to design, " she says, " Therefore, I
created a space where I could do so freely. "

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - February/March 2021

Hospitality Design - February/March 2021
contents
from the editor
behind the design
sketchbook
places: secondary u.s. cities
places: upstate new york
brand identity: kimpton
interview: space copenhagen + chef sergio herman
interview: on our radar
by the numbers: moynihan train hall
profile: lori weitzner
made in america
casegoods
flooring
wallcoverings
far and away
far and away: overview
far and away: japan
far and away: africa
far and away: italy
far and away: china
far and away: nashville
far and away: mexico
far and away: copenhagen
ad index
back space: antionette carroll
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - Intro
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - Hospitality Design - February/March 2021
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - Cover2
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 1
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 2
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 3
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 4
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - contents
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 6
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 7
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - from the editor
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 9
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - behind the design
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 11
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 12
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 13
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 14
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - sketchbook
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 16
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 17
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 18
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 19
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 20
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 21
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - places: secondary u.s. cities
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 23
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 24
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 25
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - places: upstate new york
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 27
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 28
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 29
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 30
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 31
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 32
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 33
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 34
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - brand identity: kimpton
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 36
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 37
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 38
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 39
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 40
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 41
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 42
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 43
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 44
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 45
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - interview: space copenhagen + chef sergio herman
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 47
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 48
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - interview: on our radar
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 50
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 51
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 52
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 53
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 54
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - by the numbers: moynihan train hall
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 56
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - profile: lori weitzner
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 58
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - made in america
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 60
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 61
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - casegoods
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 63
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - flooring
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 65
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 66
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - wallcoverings
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 68
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 69
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 70
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 71
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 72
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: overview
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 75
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: japan
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 77
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 78
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 79
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 80
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: africa
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 82
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 83
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: italy
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 85
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 86
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 87
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: china
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 89
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 90
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 91
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: nashville
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 93
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 94
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 95
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: mexico
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 97
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 98
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 99
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: copenhagen
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 101
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - ad index
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 103
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - back space: antionette carroll
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - Cover3
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - Cover4
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