Part of the 2013 London Design Festival: Graphic Africa will showcase a thoroughly contemporary aesthetic, with important work by 16 leading designers from 10 countries in East, West and Southern Africa. Picking up on the current shifts and exciting developments in design happening now across the continent, curators Trevyn and Julian McGowan (based near Cape Town) select over 20 pieces of new furniture, and a capsule collection of ceramics, glassware and lighting, all drawing from the most contemporary interpretation of African pattern and scale.
As part of Graphic Africa, Habitat is collaborating directly with one of the designers to create a limited edition textile collection. West Africa-based textile designer Boubacar Doumbia is working with Rebecca Hoyes, Habitat’s Senior Designer to produce a collection based on ‘mud cloth’ techniques. The result will be a collection of home textiles, exclusive to Habitat.
Through a development program called Design Network Africa, external influencers (including the Habitat senior design team) were involved in sharing design knowledge. This collaboration has allowed these 16 designers to explore new directions, the results of which Habitat is very pleased to showcase during LDF.
Design Network Africa (DNA)
Design Network Africa has the mandate of ‘Good business from Good Design’ - and is programme sponsored by The Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) and coordinated by Source and funded by the Danish Government.