“Africology guest amenities in bottles designed for us to reflect a colonial elegance. Proudly African,” says Nicky Fitzgerald.
10 Standout Design Objects at Angama Mara
Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald are done with the steamer trunks and mosquito nets. At Angama Mara, a property overlooking the grassy plains of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, the husband-and-wife team has abandoned the copy-and-paste safari aesthetic. In its place might be Africa’s most compelling and well-edited hotel design scheme. “The goal was to find a balance between creative madness and a fresh approach to luxury lodge design—all while staying true to what guests expect when going on safari,” Nicky says. The couple, who ran andBeyond until 2009, came out of retirement when a prized location on the Maasai Mara—made famous in the Meryl Streep film Out of Africa—became available, working with architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, and their friend Annemarie Meintjes on the interiors. “Design influences were drawn for the most part from our location in the heart of Maasailand, the early pioneers of photographic safaris in East Africa, and the beautiful Karen Blixen account of her years in Africa.” Ahead, ten standout design objects.By Laura Itzkowitz June 07, 2017