“MARO designs by Marie-Rose”, based in Nairobi, Kenya /East-Africa, creating contemporary jewellery from cowhorn and cowbone. The companies activities include the complete process from A to Z: design, production of beads and pieces, working on the final product, marketing and sales.
- Fair payment for all employees (permanent contracts)
- Support of single mothers (90% of all employees)
- Protecting the environement, using recycled materials
- Marketing Kenyan/African design and talented workmanship
- Modern Fashion – African Flair
The Story of the Logo
Cowhorn became our most important material, its colours and shape are a source of inspiration.
f you cut out the middle part of the horn, you get an asymmetrical piece, hollow inside. This part can be used as a pendant, decorating slim necklaces of coconut shell discs.
Looking at the trapezoid shape, Marie-Rose transformed this unusual shape into flat pieces for brooches and clip-earrings. Modern design inspired by nature! In 2014, we chose this shape for our logo, unusual and unique to MARO designs. Every necklace from MARO designs will feature a small trapezoid metal piece to identify its origin!
Marie-Rose Iberl of German origin, founder of MARO designs, lives and works in Kenya/Africa since 1990. Trained and working as a Psychotherapist in Germany for many years, she started here a new career. “I have always created unusual things for myself and friends: Furniture, jewellery, bags and garments.” Her designs are unique: clean graphic look, bold and playful. They incorporate influences of European fashion, modern and ancient African art. Working with Kenyan designers for local and international Fashion Shows is another source of inspiration.
Cowhorn and cowbone, a traditional African material bought at the slaughterhouse (“the leftover of the steak”), is turned into modern high quality products. These beads and pieces form the basic material of MARO designs jewellery. Variety of shapes, quality and production time is all under our control. Partly, the final necklaces and earrings include beads worked on aluminium (recycled from old engine parts, protected by polish), paperbeads (recycled magazines), handworked glass (recycled), handworked ceramic silver, all locally made. Traditional brass beads from Westafrica, claybeads from Mali, recycled T-shirt cotton and rubber tube.
Since 1996, Marie-Rose Iberl has worked together with her sister Francoise, who was her wholesaler in Germany. Their designs were exhibited at International Fairs in Frankfurt (Tendence, Ambiente), Munich (Inhorgenta), Duesseldorf (THE GALLERY, former CPD) and Paris (Bijorhca), Copenhagen and Oslo by HAUGLANG collections. Since 2011, Francoise retired and Marie-Rose has taken over marketing and sales, too. “MARO designs by Marie-Rose” products are sold in Europe, East Africa, and all over the world. Customers are jewellery- and giftshops, fashion houses, galleries, stores offering high level lifestyle and interior design products.