Back in 2009, Moroso, an Italian design and upholstery studio known for its energy and innovation, had an inspiring collection on display in their showroom centered around Africa. The collection, called M’Afrique, had a strong African influence with striking colours and patterns. The organiser of the event, Patrizia Moroso was quoted as saying,
Here are some of the products made in Africa by local craftspeople, which make use of a unique hand-weaving technique (which is now being employed by Moroso) intertwining plastic threads with are traditionally used for making fish nets.
THE SHADOWY COLLECTION by TORD BOONTJE
The Shadowy collection comprises chairs, armchairs, loungers and a stool/table in sporting very peculiar geometry that has been descibed as “light-hearted”.
MADAME DAKAR and more by BIBI SECK and AYSE BIRSEL
Madame Dakar by Bibi Seck and Ayse Birse Nopolou by Bibi Seck and Ayse Birse Bayekou by Bibi Seck and Ayse Birse Toogou by Bibi Seck and Ayse Birse Bayekou by Bibi Seck and Ayse Birse
Some of the other products on display, were inspired by Africa but designed by international designers. They include:
BINTA and BOGOLAN POUFFES by Philippe Bestenaider
Binta is a sculptural armchair, whose solid form is reminiscent of the baobab tree. It is upholstered in multicolour patchwork wax prints. The Bogolan Pouffe is a by product of tyre recycling printed with decorative motifs.
A RANGE OF POUFFES AND ARMCHAIRS BY STEPHEN BURK
A BENCH BY PATRICIA URQUIOLA
The collection is a celebration of culture, tradition, design and, well, Africa. The pieces take their bearing from the character and aesthetic of Africa, a continent that inspires the world for its diversity, richness and history. I guess that why the name”M’Afrique” which I believe translates to “My Africa” was selected, because while not all the designers are indigenous to its land, they still find a connection to it.