Atang Tshikare and Eve Collett's Leifo chair combines scorched timber and woven grass.
Launched in August, as part of an exhibition named "We are Cape Town" at Decorex Cape Town, Leifo is designed to "decolonise the antique chair", through the use of unexpected techniques and materials. "The inspiration behind the design evolved from long winter evenings spent telling stories around a flickering, warming fire – hence the burnt black finish on the carved wooden arms and legs." For the woodwork, the designers looked to the work of Dutch designer Maarten Baas, whose successful Smoke chair – developed for his graduation show in 2002 – was made by singeing a second-hand piece of furniture with a blow torch.
As well as using this more unconventional method, the designers applied traditional South African techniques of grass weaving to the chair's backrest. "I am beginning to use native materials and techniques in my work from South Africa along with the surrounding countries like Lesotho and Mozambique," saysTshikare, who learned the technique from his grandmother.
Photographs by Toby Murphy.
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