Its one thing to have a beautiful accent chair. Its another thing to have a beautiful accent chair with a story. The latter is the case with CM Design Atelier’s contemporary Yoruba Aso Oke accent chair. Inspired by the Yoruba culture of gifting Aso Oke during celebrations and occasions, the idea is the brain child of Tosin Oshinowo, Principal architect of CM Design Atelier. Armed with a fairly broad selection of Aso Oke fabric acquired over the years, she began upholstering contemporary arm chairs to create a regal accent piece that showcases the pattern, colour and texture of the various iterations of cultural Yoruba fabric.
Here’s how she defines the collection,
The Fabric varies and is unique to different parts of Yoruba Land, traditionally clan men could be identiﬁed by the colour and pattern of the fabric. The fabric has mutated over the decades and as such, people recognize it dependent on it’s heyday popularity.
THE ASO OKE CHAIRS.
Every chair is different as they are made from reclaimed pieces. The combination of a variety of colours and textures celebrates the uniqueness in Yoruba Culture.
THE ASHADU 1&2
LILAC ASO OKE
The chairs are vibrant and energetic, portraying the richness and character of the Aso-oke fabric. Its a rare gem and certainly not as common as ankara-inspired pieces that tend to be most of what you see in terms of “African traditional design”.