Baay Xaaly Sene Armchair – Architectural Digest]
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‘…unless I truly loved it, there was no point in my doing it’, words that formed part of a pitch for the resulting David Adjaye furniture collection that saw London-based architect David Adjaye turn his hand to furniture design, producing his first collection in collaboration with iconic American furniture and fabric brand, Knoll. Currently celebrating 75 years of pioneering design, to mark the occasion Knoll sought to persuade two of the world’s leading architects; British-Ghanaian David Adjaye, and Dutch-born Rem Koolhaus into taking a brief detour from their usual work of redrawing skylines and taking on a spot of product design. Why the need for persuasion? Both designers had initially expressed no desire to explore ‘designing a range of small-scale domestic objects’. That said, in coming round to the idea, these two collaborations have been deemed Knoll’s most important since a collaboration with renowned Canadian-American architect, Frank Gehry back in 1992.
[Image credits: Washington Corona Bronze Coffee Table – Knoll]
I have seen this chair pop up on many a Pinterest board channelling ‘African Decorating Style’, and whilst I cannot say whether the upholstery of the chair was inspired by Africa, the use of cowhide is obviously what has made it a favourite selection for many gathering ‘African’ interior design inspiration.