African Design M'Afrique by Morse

There is an image, an idea of Africa that lives deep in human imagination. Its form often transcends the power of the word and its profile lies under layers of conscious retrieval. It is alive within each one of us on a primordial level, inexplicable yet undeniable. Maya Angelou



The making of Madame Dakar by Bibi Seck & Ayse Birse   The reasons behind a project centered around Africa are explained to us by Patrizia Moroso, who devised the event and asked Stephen Burks to design the installation in Moroso’s Milan showroom in Via Pontaccio: 
“multifaceted, modern Africa deserves to be known and sustained for the originality of the creative languages with which it enriches global culture. The African continent is extraordinarily rich in creativity, materials and ideas that are sources of inspiration and nourishment for us. When applied to design, they engender products which exude tradition and modernity, innovation and history, form and beauty. I think there is so much of Africa and in this event my intent was to showcase the creativity of a few of the great artists and personalities of contemporary African culture. Going beyond the stereotypes that present Africa as a tragic or, at best, exotic experience, we want to highlight some aspects of contemporary African culture, which is in effect comparable to global culture. 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”. Patrizia Moroso
Shadowy Collection by: Tord Boontje 

Morso started using this a hand-weaving technique employing the plastic threads seen above  traditionally used for making fish nets.  The same technique is now used by Bibi Seck and Ayse Birse who created a wide range of attractive, softly rounded products, such as Madame Dakar, an enormous armchair as enveloping as a hammock.
Bayekou by: Bibi Seck and Ayse Birse