Ibiza living: TANIS Ibiza – From Africa with love

On the road to Santa Gertrudis is a sanctuary of cool demarcated by a bright orange starfish: TANIS Ibiza. New shipments are arriving every day at this gorgeous interiors showroom and right now it’s all about Africa. That fascinating continent stretching from Egypt and Morocco in the north to South Africa and Zimbabwe in the south is a design lover’s dream whose influence on art, fashion, music and design is unsurpassed.

Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró all blended a stylised perception of African art into their own works. Africa influenced the heavyweights of architecture too. Both Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer used West African art as a base for their modernist style. And Africa continues to stream through fashion with all the big names from Gaultier, Saint Laurent and Luis Vuitton featuring African prints and styles in their runways shows.

While each African nation possesses its own sense of style, the overriding elements are earth tones, natural fibres and aged woods – all of which exude the warmth of the sun, sand and sea. Perfect for Ibiza homes. There’s no need to go over the top – as TANIS Ibiza owners and design experts Tatjana Berger-Sandhofer and Nick Lording know, choosing a few key pieces can give any room that African vibe and they can help you find that perfect something for your perfect room. Even if you don’t see what you’re dreaming in store, they’ll source it and make your dreams come to life.

One of the star pieces of the summer is a rectangular coffee table repurposed from an ancient African bed. The smooth surface of the dark wood and chunky legs offer an elegant and understated nod to the African style. Pendant lamps hand woven from natural fibres cast a gentle, warming glow fitting well with the white washed walls of Ibiza homes. Hand carved wooden stools make exquisite statements juxtaposed against neutral stoneware table lamps and earth toned upholstery fabrics.

It wouldn’t be Africa without striking splashes of patterned textiles. Touch up neutrals with African inspired geometric print cushions and hand woven storage baskets in various shapes and sizes; from fruit bowls to laundry to planters the range of baskets is vast delivering an Africa tinged decorative storage solution. Larger rooms will enjoy a set of elongated canoe paddle sculptures while the lady of the house will feel footloose in a flowing African inspired kaftan.

TANIS Ibiza has fast become the island’s premier interiors, and indeed, outdoor furnishing concept store. The light filled showroom extends beyond Africa, and is artfully curated with design elements from all over the world. Whether you’re popping in for a quick piece to update a room instantly, are seeking a statement piece to fit your villa or are looking for a full interior design services, TANIS Ibiza does it all.

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