Photographer Adrian Steirn’s “Pangolin Men” Series

Striking and tender portraits aimed at spreading awareness

For Australia-born, South Africa-based Adrian Steirn, capturing the beauty of Africa is intrinsically linked to efforts at protecting the world’s only scaly mammal, the pangolin—of which two species live on the continent. The animal also happens to be among the world’s most trafficked. According to recent statistics, more than one million pangolins have been hunted and killed in the last decade. The illegal trade of animals …

How Local Life-Hacks Inform Design in Africa

In Zimbabwe, African architect Maxwell Mutanda is tapping into the resourcefulness of local businesses and street vendors to improve their working conditions. Instead of introducing new designs to their already set-up rigs, he gauges their needs and offers adaptable infrastructure that they can take and customize—including flooring, shelving, composting toilets and rain-catching umbrellas. This ideology goes beyond just Mutanda, though, as companies like Urban Think …

The Bone Collection

Zimbabwean designer Vayshalee Naran gives the classic bracelet an anatomical twist

Designer Vayshalee Naran’s Bone Collection has made a potentially grim object—the rib bone—into a beautiful bracelet that weighs with meaning. As the delicate rib cage literally protects the heart (and lungs), Naran’s elegant bangle signifies love and protection. Anatomy has held a particular fascination for Naran, a third generation Zimbabwean of Indian descent. As someone who collected skeletons as a child growing up in Africa, …