Thames and Hudson invites you to the launch of Contemporary Design Africa by Tapiwa Matsinde.
The official launch party will take place at The Jungle in Craighall Park on Tuesday, 9 July, and Friday, 10 July, from 5 to 9 PM. The event is the start of a three-week exhibition running from 9 to 25 July, which features contemporary art and design from select artists across the continent and the diaspora.
Contemporary Design Africa presents the work of 50 designers, artists and cooperatives and aims to challenge the stereotypical ideas of African art. For more information visit Daily Planet!
Don’t miss it!
- Date of launch: Thursday, 9 July, and Friday, 10 July, 2015
- Time: 5 to 9 PM
- Venue: The Jungle
357 Jan Smuts Avenue
Johannesburg | Map
- RSVP: 011 326 0786
About the book
Contemporary Design Africa offers a refreshing challenge to rigid perceptions of what African design looks like. Focusing primarily on interior decoration, the book presents 50 designers, artisans, and cooperatives based on the continent or part of the diaspora who are creating sophisticated and innovative products and interiors.
An introductory section surveys the history, vitality, and diversity in African design, followed by profiles of contemporary designers grouped by craft, from textiles, ceramics, and basketry to furniture, lighting, and beyond. Some of these designers reinterpret traditional methods and styles in beautiful and highly individual ways, such as the award-winning South African organization Zenzulu, which replicates techniques of Zulu master bead makers. Sustainability and recycling are another important focus for many: Cheick Diallo, the founder of the African Designers Association, creates stunning furniture made from discarded materials. Others, like Nigerian textile designer Banke Kuku, fuse African and Western styles in colorful, visually dynamic ways.
Complete with references for sourcing African products, as well as a glossary and bibliography, Contemporary Design Africa reveals the rich possibilities being explored by a new generation of African creators.