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Stanislaw Trzebinski, "Obelisk" Marble Occasional Chair

$38,400Asking Price


This monumnetal "Obelisk" chair is clad in marble that has been etched with an organic pattern derived from Formations found in nature–on coral, fish, plants and almost every other living organism. It appears to hover above the ground, giving its solid monolithic form an ethereal presence. Working from his Cape Town-based studio, Stanislaw Trzebinski creates fantastical-sculptural works that explore human relationships with the natural world. Working primarily in bronze, his collectible furniture and sculpture express this intimate connection with nature, and in particular his fascination with marine life. Born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, Stanislaw spent his childhood escaping the bustle of Nairobi to explore the wilderness of the Rift Valley and the East African coast. Immersed as much in its rich cultural heritage of Arabic, African and European influences as in the beauty of its biodiversity, he learnt to speak fluent Kiswahili and track animals. As a young boy, apart from tending to his menagerie of 70 animals that included 35 different species of snakes, he spent summers diving off the tropical waters of Africa’s East coast famous for its mangroves, coral reefs and marine life. He briefly attended the Pratt Institute in New York, where he came to the realization that his creativity was intimately connected to Africa, its nature and peoples. He moved to Cape Town in 2012 to apprentice in sculpture and bronze casting at Bronze Age Foundry under the guidance of Otto du Plessis. Southern Guild presented his work at the bi-annual design auction at Christie’s, London, in 2017 and at Design Miami/ in 2018.


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Southern Guild commissions, produces and exhibits contemporary collectible design by the most compelling talents in South Africa. The gallery has pioneered the collectible design category on the African continent, propelling its artists and designers to make original work that is distinctly local and globally relevant. Founded in 2008 by Trevyn and Julian McGowan, Southern Guild’s rigorous curatorial programme has shaped the world’s perceptions of African design and forged a unique vernacular in the international arena. Located in Cape Town’s Silo District, adjacent to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the gallery showcases limited-edition and one-off pieces that have garnered multiple awards and caught the attention of the world’s leading collectors, auction houses, museums and institutions. The first African gallery to present at Design Miami and Christie’s London’s annual design auction, Southern Guild shows regularly at Design Miami in the US and Basel, and has exhibited at PAD London, The Salon Art & Design and Collective (New York), and Design Days Dubai. Its artists have shown at the Vitra Design Museum and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and have work in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It frequently collaborates with New York galleries R & Company, Friedman Benda and Todd Merrill, further exposing its artist-designers to the most important international audience.
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