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Rich Mnisi, Alkebulan II, Leather Chaise

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A designer at the very forefront of African fashion, Rich Mnisi made his breakthrough into furniture design with Southern Guild in 2018. All his work displays a keen awareness of the human body in that their forms embrace and envelope the subject. This new range of upholstered leather seating is titled Alkebulan (said to be the oldest indigenous name for Africa, meaning “mother of mankind” or “garden of Eden”). It comprises two low-slung sofas whose distinctly anthropomorphic forms rise from the ground to enfold and envelope the sitter. Rich’s intention is for the sitter to feel “held” by their protective forms – a tribute to the guidance and strength of his matrilineal ancestors and of African mothers in general. Rich’s work has made international headlines in media outlets such as Dazed and Confused, i-D, Vice, VOGUE Italia, WWD and Sunday Times. He draws influences from film, music and photography, and he frequently art directs editorial and Campaign shoots.

Details

  • Creator
    Rich Mnisi (Designer)
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Limited Edition)
  • Production Time
    Available Now
  • Place of Origin
    South Africa
  • Date of Manufacture
    2019
  • Period
  • Seat Height
    11 in. (27.94 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Capetown, ZA
  • Reference Number
    LU4287217201591
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Southern Guild has spearheaded the high-end design category in Africa, propelling its artist-designers to make spirited, challenging and complex work. Its highly curated exhibitions have redefined global perceptions of African design and escalated its value on the international market. Since being founded in 2008 as the sole gallery representing locally made limited-edition design, Southern Guild has birthed a new category for artists and designers in South Africa. In 2011 it became the first African gallery to present at Design Miami, and in 2015 it was the first to be featured at Christie’s London’s annual design auction. The gallery shows regularly at Design Miami in Basel and the US, at Design Days Dubai and the Collective Design Fair in New York, resulting in sales to leading architects, top collectors and respected museums. It has had work from its collections included in Vitra Design Museum’s “Making Africa” exhibition and “Beauty–Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Against the backdrop of a design industry that is still fairly young, Southern Guild gives designers a platform to reimagine what is possible. Founders Trevyn and Julian McGowan are embedded in the South African cultural landscape and play integral roles in guiding, advising and mentoring designers.

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