Where the Wild Things Are
The nonbreakable, highly-touchable, (not to mention economical) wool animals from World Market have proven to be a hit. As I had hoped, kids really do enjoy moving the jointed legs. So far I've just used the ornaments with gift wrap covering Joelle Jolivet's children's book, Zoologique, but there are cute possibilities for grown-ups too. Taschen has quite a few Africa-related titles.
Safari Style, part of the affordable Icons series, is $.9.99.
Great Escapes Africa (love the chairs on the cover) is $19.99, and as mentioned a while back, photographer Peter Beard's book, The End of the Game, is now available in an edition priced under $40.
[House of Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen) from The End of the Game,]
African Interiors, $59.99
I wouldn't mind waking up to find Jayson Home's vintage Regency-style chair with Kuba cloth cushion or one of Omersa's golden lions from the 1970s.
Click here for a past post about the "Abercrombie & Fitch" animals.
Nathan Turner has a 19th-century engraving of zebras.
And again, museum tickets are always nice. Emory University's antiquities museum, the Carlos, has a strong African collection. Shown here, a late-18th-century brass processional cross from Ethiopia (Gondar).
[Photo of museum via negFoto]