Vanessa Agyemang, Founder and Designer of Copper Dust, is based in London, yet her British combined Ghanaian heritage is a true testament to her unique aesthetic which has developed into a stunning range of luxury home decor pieces.
Copper Dust is a recipient of the U.K.’s Prince’s Trust and over the years, Vanessa has carved a unique niche for her luxury, bespoke lampshades, accessories and limited edition illustrations. “It’s inspired by eclectic British and African culture fused together, giving a taste of the exotic, whilst remaining quintessentially unique.” Not only does her colourful heritage play a significant role in her career, travelling and new cultures makes her smile and inspires new designs, colours and motifs which are all effortlessly integrated into her designs.
I’m heavily influenced by the two cultures [that I have] grown up [with]. Being British with Ghanaian heritage is the underlying fabric of my business. I source fabrics mainly from the rich continent of Africa, specifically from West Africa [and] everything is handmade in my studio in Greenwich.
When we asked Vanessa what makes her home unique, she said that “the ability to pair rich African style with contemporary design” enables her home to really speak for itself. Often, she will inject subtle design pieces throughout her home such as vintage lamp bases and antique artworks to create a visual impact with the underlying themes of boldness, heritage and quality.
My design ethos is to share a story with each collection and to execute quality design for the creative led conscious individual.
One of our favourite pieces that we feature on Decor A List is the Volta Chandelier which is inspired by a particular region in Ghana called ‘Volta.’ The Volta lampshade uses authentic fabric from Vlisco and the contemporary hues of blue sit comfortably with the mocha fringe detailing. Each fringe is individually added then carefully hand stitched to ensure high quality.
The Yaw Burgundy and Kwabena Lampshades are two other slightly smaller pendant shades but create such a statement with their bright colourways and unique, innate meaning stemming from the Ghanaian heritage.
Some of the designers and architects which Vanessa admires are all as equally as exciting as the next! She particularly loves the work of Yinka Illori, Eva Sonaike and David Adjaye and suggest that, “if you haven’t already, please check them out!” Her most recent #designdiscoery is Omar’s place, designer by Stella Concept in London, which Vanessa believes is “beautifully designed.”
Vanessa doesn’t quite believe that there is a particular “secret or special formula” to success, however, she does believe that consistency has played a major role and stands by, “working incredibly hard, engaging with every opportunity and remaining humble” throughout the process. Words to truly live by!