If tribal art could pattern my domestic world, I would look to Africa for colour and shape. I would commission local designers, craftsmen and women to choose their favourite patterns and together we would inscribe and etch on wood and cloth their lovely ideas. Each printed and wrought object would have a name, so I could talk to them at a later date and tell them the tales of their genesis.
|The Design Network Africa, looks at the current shifts and exciting developments in design happening across the continent of Africa. In an exhibition called Graphic Africa at Habitat's gallery Platform during London Design Week, 20 pieces of new contemporary furniture by 16 designers from 10 countries in East, West and Southern Africa were displayed.|
1. Floor lamp: Operating from their studio and showroom, Co-op, in the city hub of Braamfontein, Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin produce furniture, lighting and innovative interior objects. Inspired by the idiosyncrasies of their surroundings, their modernist angular design has a bold upbeat energy that makes their objects and furniture immediately desirable and urban cool; via www.dokterandmisses.com
2. Boubacar Doumbia’s Le Ndomo textile workshop specialises in natural fabric staining and dyeing techniques such as the traditional Bogolon mud cloth; via www.ndomo.net
3. Through his raw mixed-media furniture creations Hamed Ouatarra aims to bring out design that exposes the realities of modern Africa. ‘My goal is to provide a key point in a continent which suffers from imports and all kinds of imitation furniture, especially of poor quality and which does not reflect our culture.’; via www.coroflot.com/hamedouattara
4. Boubacar Doumbia’s Le Ndomo textile workshop specialises in natural fabric staining and dyeing techniques such as the traditional Bogolon mud cloth; via www.ndomo.net
5. Purple chair: Cheick Diallo’s furniture and objects challenge common perceptions of African design with their mix of ancient wisdom and contemporary sensibility. A creative risk-taker Diallo trained as an architect and designer in France, before establishing a studio in his home city. His team of artisans manufacture objects from everyday detritus – from bottle tops to old tyres; via www.diallo-design.com. Felted black chair: Entirely self-taught and following her own creative instincts, Ronél Jordaan began by turning fine gossamer thread into robust felted forms; via www.roneljordaan.com. Table lamp: Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin of studio Dokter and Misses produce furniture, lighting and innovative interior objects inspired by the idiosyncrasies of their surroundings; via www.dokterandmisses.com
6. Vase: Shaped without a potter’s wheel and given a unique black patina finish by firing over an open bamboo fire instead of a kiln the ceramics from designer Joseph Nii Noi Douwuona are made under his direction by 70 Ghanaian women; via www.kpandopottery.com. Sideboard: Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin of studio Dokter and Misses produce furniture, lighting and innovative interior objects,inspired by the idiosyncrasies of their surroundings; via www.dokterandmisses.com
See below the African Beauty fashion editorial of model Kinee Diouf by Paris-based photographer Ishi for for Vogue Netherlands July 2013.