Southern Guild, South Africa’s foremost gallery for collectible, limited edition contemporary design returns to Design Miami/Basel for a third consecutive year, this time bringing with it works from the broader African continent. Cabinets by Hamed Ouattara from Burkina Faso and Mali’s Cheick Diallo are complemented by fascinating cow-horn chairs by Babacar Niang of Senegal.
Niang’s work was recently shown in the groundbreaking exhibition Grains of Paradise at R & Company, New York, alongside that of three other Southern Guild designers. Two of these – Porky Hefer and Dokter and Misses – will exhibit new work in Basel. Seemo, a collaborative piece between Mabeo of Gaborone, and Cape Town’s Porky Hefer, which premiered at GUILD International Design Fair in Cape Town earlier this year, will form part of the line-up, as will Hefer’s latest addition to his range of leather-adorned human-scale nests, Catherine Esca – a luxurious hanging cocoon lined with sheepskin. Dokter and Misses will unveil its new multiple-drawer Kassena server, inspired by the homes of Burkina Faso’s Kassena people.
‘The work we’re bringing to Design Miami/Basel offers a powerful, primal narrative,’ says gallery co-founder Trevyn McGowan. ‘It’s a raw exploration of what sets us apart as a country, through our unique cultures with distinct historical refrences.’ McGowan insists that Southern Guild’s offering is unlike anything else seen at Desiign Miami/Basel. ‘It blurs the line between sophisticated elegance and primal rawness,’ says co-founder Julian McGowan.
List of participants:
Andile Dyalvane, Astrid Dahl, Atang Tshikare + Art in the Forest, Babacar Niang, Beth Diane Armstrong, Bronze Age, Cheick Diallo, Conrad Hicks, Daniella Mooney, David Krynauw, Dokter and Misses, Friday Jibu, Hamed Ouattara, Ian Garrett, Jop Kunneke, Justine Mahoney, Koop, Peter Mabeo, Philippe Bousquet, Porky Hefer, Wayne Barker + Paco Pakdoust, Xandre Kriel