‘Looking at africa through the eyes of contemporary art, photography, architecture and design is perhaps the most appropriate way of approaching this vast, powerful continent, so creatively rich and diverse that today it is still one of western modernity’s greatest sources of inspiration.’ – Stephen Burks
Stephen Burks was commisioned by Patrizia Moroso to design and curate the M’Afrique exhibition, held at the Moroso showroom during milan design week. For his research, he traveled to the Arican city of Dakar to understand the production process of furniture making, work with local artisans and buy the Sengalese and Mali fabrics, which covers all the pieces of the installation. M’Afrique celebrates the African continent through works by designers, artists and craftspeople
The use of color, texture, materiality, and technique in these outdoor / indoor furniture pieces create a unique collection in the M’Afrique product line. The vast range of vibrant colors and curvilinear surfaces create enough interest both for the furniture pieces, and their immediate environment. Alara has ready-to-buy pieces from the line in their showroom. Each furniture piece tells a unique story and creates fantastic conversation pieces for the viewer.
The emergence of made-in-Africa brands on a global scale are more apparent, however, such products have been around for centuries, awaiting to be discovered in our various pockets of nomadic settlements and pockets of bustling cities across the continent.