Here at White Elephant, we are passionate about furniture.
Having worked as interior decorators in East Africa for over 10 years, we have often found ourselves frustrated by the lack of original period furniture in the market, and have spent hundreds of hours over the years making furniture locally for use in our projects.
Two years ago, mostly for fun while visiting the UK, we visited some English countryside auction houses - and were blown away. Every auction house we visited was packed with beautiful pieces of furniture spanning many hundreds of years in their vintage & styles.
Very many pieces were in a very sad and dishevelled state, often too far gone for their previous owners to know what to do with them (it being too costly in Europe to refurbish furniture) and it was to these pieces we were drawn.
Knowing how brilliant our Kenyan craftsmen are, and having worked with so many of them over the years, we decided to buy up some of these beautiful old pieces, ship them out here and restore them to their former glory.
Our team craftsmen painstakingly sanded, polished, re-stuffed, upholstered and painted each and every piece, making the old new again...
...Like this very sad Victorian chaise lounge we found at an antiques fair in Sussex.....
.....completely restored and upholstered with vintage West African Kente cloth.....
We had one sale out of our living room.....then another...and another....and another! Two years on we'd bought in 6 containers and it is really by popular demand that we have now launched this on-line store so you can easily browse and buy our re-loved furniture at your leisure and from the comfort of your own home.
Happy shopping - and we hope you love it!