African fashion has been on the rise for a few years now, but the current Graphic Africa exhibition is proving that African art and patternity looks just as good on furniture as it does on clothes. As part of the The London Design Festival, Habitat are hosting an exhibition of contemporary African furniture showcasing the work of 16 designers from 10 African countries. The capsule collection of furniture, ceramics, glassware and lighting has been sourced from all over the continent was curated by Cape Town duo Trevyn and Julian McGowan.
Joburg's Dokter and Misses graphic cabinet and stone sweat lamp were an SBA favourite, as was Cheick Diallo's purple chair handwoven in Mali. Joining them in our fantasy house are Boubacar Doumbia's big mudcloth floor cushions, also handwoven in Mali. Boubacar is also well known for his social enterprise workshop 'Ndomo' in Segou which trains young people in textile production and professional and life skills, encouraging his apprentices to become self-sufficient, independent, creative, and innovative. Zimbabwe's Mutapo Pottery reinterprets the region's woven baskets while Gone Rural weave grass into elegant baskets and canopies in Swaziland. Although the exhibition is small, it is a tasteful reminder of the innovative cutting edge design coming out of Africa that is offering something unique and special on the world stage.
Graphic Africa runs until Sunday October 20 2013 at Platform at Habitat, 208 King’s Road, London SW3.