A Buying Trip to South Africa and Cameroon

gorgeous landscape in South Africa taken on a vineyard featuring mountains in the distance and

Today a fun peak behind the scenes as Denise travels on a buying trip to South African and Cameroon. Oh to lead the jet-setting life. Above gives a sense at the wonder and beauty of the South African landscape. Ahh, to live somewhere where mountains were part of my day…

stone bird man - snob

This is the Bird Man. An amazing sculpture who works primarily with rock and stone. Can you believe these beauties are carved by hand to create such lovely, light and character-filled pieces?


Once back in Canada, Denise likes to gold leaf the beaks and perch and plant them in a lucite base. They make the perfect, whimsical home accessory.

Monkeybiz studio - snob

No visit to South Africa would be complete without a visit to the MonkeyBiz workshop and boutique. Denise picked out some real beauties including some human forms and larger scale beaded sculptures. Denise says it’s always such a pleasure to speak with the artists and see all the lovely works together in one place.

monkeybiz large animal - studio

How amazing is this big owl dude? I simply love him! The patterning here created with the beads takes such talent and skill. And time to do!

cafe artwork landscape - Snob

Denise snapped a few pictures of the artwork hanging in cafes she frequented on her trip. The scale of these photographs are breathtaking and I love how they celebrate culture, history and the human form.

cafe artwork - snob blog

Another cafe, another gorgeous piece of art.

metal birds - snob blog

Do you recognize those birds on the roof? If you’ve stopped by our showroom or seen our latest lookbook, they’ll look familiar.

Birds 1

Here a few of them are in our showroom, just hanging out. Denise says she was drawn to these sculptures as soon as she laid eyes on them. Made from recycled metal and then painted they really embody the good life.

Cameroon goodies - Snob blog

And in Cameroon, Denise went a little wild, buying up Juju feather headdresses, tonga and senufo stool artifacts, weavings, Namji dolls, sculpture and more. I can’t wait to see these pieces adorning the showroom in the coming weeks!

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