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Purveyors of colour, art deco jewellery and utopia

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31 May 2024

Episode 40

58 minutes


Photo: Atelier Ellis

This episode reflects how early summer days are full of promise. We meet Swiss born Kia Schwaninger, whose jewellery collection is inspired by the art deco architecture of Miami, sit down with Sudanese-Dutch musician Gaidaa in Amsterdam and discuss colour and the meaning of home with purveyor and creator of paint Cassandra Ellis. Plus: historian Hiba Alobaydi explores the legacy of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in today’s cities.

31 May 2024

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Chapter 1

Independent jeweller Kia Schwan

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In 2022, Kia Schwaninger took the leap and launched her own maison: New York-based, independent high-jewellery house Kia Schwan. Her inaugural collection, Colorhythms, is a triumph in joyful and expressive designs inspired by the art deco architecture of Miami.

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R&B musician Gaidaa

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Konfekt’s Paige Reynolds caught up with one of Amsterdam’s rising stars, R&B and soul musician Gaidaa. Raised in Eindhoven to Sudanese parents, Gaidaa burst onto the scene with her debut record, ‘Overture’, in 2020. As we find out, the journey to completing her second body of work has been a little less straightforward.

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Paint purveyor Atelier Ellis

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Founded by Cassandra Ellis in 2018, Atelier Ellis is an independent maker and purveyor of beautiful natural paint. Its colour palette is designed to help people tell their stories in their own homes, while keeping sustainability in mind.

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The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

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With their ideas flourishing in cities around the world, the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon are a blueprint for contemporary urban planning. The continued search for details about the site also reveals something about our human nature, as award-winning historian, researcher and curator Hiba Alobaydi found out.

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