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In Conversation with Okwui Enwezor

Publié dans Design  |  mars 16, 2019
Okwui Enwezor was the director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst and the director of the 56th International Venice Art Biennale in 2015. Throughout his career, he has focused on art and design of the 20th and 21st century from all over the world. He also studied theories of diaspora and migration, post-colonial modernism, and the architecture and urbanism of post-colonial African cities. In this interview, Enwezor discusses the influence of design in Africa and why it is important to redefine the traditional design terminology in this new context.

Ethical Fashion in Africa, Part 3

Publié dans Design  |  septembre 22, 2018
These days in fashion, menswear is constantly changing and redefining the look of contemporary men. Following this trend, many labels have repeatedly crossed the line with bold statements and stunning designs. People can take the challenge to wear bold clothes or can appreciate stylish garments with a nice touch. This encourages several African designers to offer unique and powerful stylish creations, with a sense of cross-cultural influences and traditional aesthetics.

Five of the Most Creative African Textile Designers

Publié dans Design  |  juin 23, 2018
With the growing interest for African art in general, it is natural to see the resurgence of textile design from the continent. In particular, West African textiles are making an impact in Western markets due to the global demand for sustainable products. African fabrics, with their bold and colorful patterns, are gradually making their way into designer collections.

Five of the Most Creative African Furniture Designers

Publié dans Design  |  novembre 18, 2017
In today’s world, design represents more than the creation of industrially manufactured products. It allows shaping technical processes, social interactions, and urban environments while blurring the lines with craft and fine art. This is even more true in Africa where the young generation of designers is perceiving their discipline as a tool for a new identity and hence a new future.

Ethical Fashion in Africa, Part 2

Publié dans Design  |  septembre 30, 2017
Today, people are more inclined to shop responsibly by asking to know the story behind apparels. In doing so, they improve the lives of young designers and their staffs – often scattered all around the world, as well as promoting equitable working conditions. This encourages several African brands to start selling on a larger scale in and outside the continent, even if they still need to improve their product development in order to compete at an international level.