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Moroso Design: Made In Senegal For The Rest Of The World

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Patrizia Moroso, Creative Director of the family firm Moroso in Udine/Italy, was one of the first European visionaires, who promoted African art, form, design and craftsmanship. Together with her husband, Senegalese artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, they started the M’Afrique collection, which is now successful in its fifth year. Some of the world’s most talented designers are creating beautiful pieces of furniture, inspired by Africa – and entirely produced by local craftsmen in Senegal.

Italy, Senegal.  Here you find some of the most beautiful pieces.

„Shadowy Sunny Lounger“ by Tord Boontje

The form of this lounge chair is inspired by the sunbeds of the 1920s used at the beaches of the Northern Sea. But the pattern are African. Tord Boontje develops them on his compouted but the weaving is done in Dakar. Tord is a Dutch designer living in London and working for the Italian company Moroso since more than ten years.

„Touti“ by Patricia Urquiola

A drum, a stem from a tree or a boat? For her seating elements (stools, chairs etc.) colorful threads of Polyethylen are woven or plaited. With its solid metal structure the pieces are robust and weatherproof.

„Meridienne“ By Dominique Pétot

Designer Dominique Pétot is from Senegal, he says his furniture is inspired by nature, like flying birds or opening buds. With a twinkle in his eye he adds when describing this piece, that it could also remind of one of these voluminous furnitures of the colonial time.

„Banjooli“ by Sebastian Herkner

An ostrich spreading his wings when charming a hen – the design of  German Sebastian Herkner is a genuine picture from Africa. The colors of the original fisherman’s garn are in nice contrast to the metal structure. Besides the armchair there is a bench and a table in the same look.

„Bayekou“ and “Madame Dakar” by Ayse Birsel & Bibi Seck

Bibi Seck’s roots are in Senegal, his wife Ayse Birsel is from Turkey. They live and work in New York and with their pieces for the Moroso collection they want to show the incredible African craftsmanship. Their rocking day bed reminds of and feels like a hammock. Their Madame Dakar sofa is as comfortable to sit in as it is entertaining to look at.


Please have a look at more pieces of the Moroso M’Afrique collection on their website. Get updates on Facebook.

And read more about the the Moroso African collection on Yatzer.