Kudo Home is an online boutique specialising in homewares, accessories, and lifestyle goods from the African continent. The owner Thandi Mbali Renaldi (British born with a South African father and an English mother, but now living in Brussels), sources items where possible, that have been made in partnership with local communities, from sustainable products, and manufactured with respect for the local environment and its inhabitants.
We'd quite happily order the entire stock, but if we had to choose, the mohair blankets in earthy colours would be very welcome now the nights are turning cooler.
And wouldn't these paper mache bowls featuring bright prints and iconic African motifs make very handy catch-all bowls around the house. Not to mention perfect gifts. And the purchase of each one will aid the Wola Nani organisation which was established in 1994 as a non-profit charity to help bring relief to the communities and people of South Africa living with HIV/AIDS.
And don't even get us started on the Halsted cushions and the Gone Rural placemats (above). Gone Rural encourages Swazi women to use their artistic skills and weaving talents to produce woven goods using sustainably sourced grass.
"I take a personal interest in each and every order. I like to know who is ordering what and where the items are going. I love the idea that something made by hand in Cameroon has found its way to a New York loft. I imagine the journey of a handwoven Swazi basket preparing to be unwrapped in a living room in Antwerp." Thandi Mbali Renaldi.