IFA Pure Gold Upcycled! Upgraded! Exhibition Exploring Sustainable Design

Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman H++, Chair and table set at IFA Pure Gold Exhibition

 

Greetings from the city of Hamburg in Germany where I am attending the press conference and opening of Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgraded! a forward-thinking exhibition that explores rubbish, more specifically how found and waste materials are being used the world over to create objects of value, hence the title, Pure Gold. As one of the curators, I had the honour of selecting designers-makers to represent sub-Saharan Africa.

 

[Image credit: H++, Chair and table set, 2011; Water hyacinth, metal, yarn, wood chair – Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman]

 

 

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Modern African Furniture Design At Dubai Design Week

Modern African Furniture Design, African Furniture Designer Jomo Tariku
Dubai Design Week opens today and among the many events and works being showcased is The Birth Chair II, modern African furniture design by Ethiopian/American furniture designer, Jomo Tariku. The Birth Chair II is inspired by African birthing chairs which are still being used in some parts of Sub-Saharan Africa and are also being incorporated in mainstream design as decorative pieces. The Birth Chair II is crafted from a single bent piece with clean lines for the seat and a sliding back rest with artistic carvings in the front and back. The idea behind Jomo’s design is to allow people to use a similar design of back rests as a theme or different variations as a set. The interchangeable functionality of the backrest provides the user to be creative in decorating a room of their choice. The Birth Chair II is a trendsetting idea that Jomo hopes to use as a platform for his dream of bringing modern African furniture design to the mainstream design world.
[Main image credit: Birth Chair II – Jomo Design]
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Exhibition Honouring Legendary Malian Photographer, Malick Sidibé

 Malian Photographer, Malick Sidibé
The first UK solo exhibition honouring the work of the legendary Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé is currently showing at Somerset House in London. Often affectionately referred to as ‘the eye of Bamako’ Sidibé was one of Africa’s and indeed the world’s foremost photographers of the 20th Century, renowned for his iconic black and white images of ’60s and ’70s Mali that captured a youthful generation reveling in the freedom, confidence and hope of independence. Images through which Sidibé created a valuable archive of modern Mali. Malick Sidibe’s death aged 80, in April this year marked the end of a life privileged to capture a period of the changing social culture of his city Bamako, and in the process leave behind a legacy that has and will continue to enrich lives long into the future.
[Main image credit: Amis des espagnols, 1968,
Photograph: © Malick Sidibé
Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris via The Guardian]
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Andile Dyalvane South African Designer And Ceramicist New York Exhibition

Bird Vessel, 2015; Andile Dyalvane - Friedman Benda
Andile Dyalvane sees the unveiling of his first solo exhibition at Friedman Benda Gallery in New York this week. Opening on Thursday, 23rd June, the exhibition runs for two months, and will showcase over 20 unique pieces by the South African ceramicist. Andile is a leading figure whose work is helping to shape contemporary South African design.
[Main image credit: Bird Vessel, 2015; Andile Dyalvane – Friedman Benda]
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Picture Africa New Exhibition Celebrating African Creativity

South African Fashion - Marianne Fassler Resort 16 Collection, Photography by Paul Samuels
“Picture Africa” is an exciting new exhibition that celebrates African creativity, the relationship between photography, textiles and fashion as seen through a pan-African lens. The exhibition will feature a host of leading African design and creative talent, as well contributors from bloggers, image-makers, artisans and fashion leaders. Curated by Cathy O’Clery “Picture Africa” is a feature of two 100% Design South Africa events, first taking place at Decorex Cape Town, which runs from 29 April – 2 May 2016, before travelling to Gauteng, where it will be on show at 100% Design South Africa from 5 – 10 August 2016.
[Main image credits: Picture Africa – Marianne Fassler Resort 16 Collection, Photography by Paul Samuels]

GUILD Design Fair Limited Edition Collectible South African Design

Following a successful debut in 2014, 25 February to 1 March 2015 sees the 2nd GUILD Design Fair in Cape Town. GUILD is the premier African-based international design fair that brings together the work of leading African and international designers, and was conceived by Southern Guild, a South African-based platform that showcases the very best in collectible South African design talent.
[Image credit: GUILD Design Fair, Artisan by Watershed – Southern Guild]
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Making Africa A Continent of Contemporary African Design

This spring the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, will be holding a major exhibition showcasing the diverse expressions of contemporary African design emerging from the continent. Entitled Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design, the work on display will encompass a range of diverse creative disciplines such as fine arts, graphic design, illustration, film, photography, architecture and urban planning.
[Main image credit: The Guy with Style, Mário Macilau – Vitra Design Museum]
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Africa Utopia Festival 2014 Celebrating African Creative Culture

Africa Utopia, the festival celebrating the diversity in African creative culture returns to London’s Southbank Centre this week. Taking place over four days from Thursday 11 September 2014 – Sunday 14 September 2014, the festival is a celebration of arts and culture from Africa and the African Diaspora. From concerts to art installations the festival looks at how African art and ideas changing the world for the better, enabling visitors to explore areas including culture, community, technology, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation. There will also be the Africa Utopia Food Market, and Market Place offering art, homeware, fashion and accessories to purchase.
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Inaugural 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair In London

One of the largest art fairs in the world, Frieze, officially starts to tomorrow bringing to London a host of prominent global collectors. Alongside the fair, which is held at Regent’s Park, a selection of the world’s leading galleries set up shop in the city, holding special shows in a bid to capture some of the Collectors’ attention. Making its debut at Frieze week, today sees the start of 1:54, the inaugural Contemporary African Art Fair, which is being held in the West Wing of the prestigious cultural institution, Somerset House. Visitors can view, and purchase contemporary African art from seventeen galleries, representing over seventy African artists, exhibiting emerging talent alongside established names, in addition to attending stimulating and thought-provoking film screenings, debates, keynote lectures and panel discussions. The full programme of events can be downloaded from the 1:54 website.
[Edson Chagas; Angola: Found not Taken, Luanda, 2009 – C-print on dibond, 120 x 80cm]
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