Graphic Africa




Mon - Sat, 10am - 6:30pm Wed, 10am - 8pm Sun, 12pm - 6pm

Free Event


Curators Trevyn and Julian McGowan showcase over 20 pieces of new contemporary furniture by 16 designers from 10 countries in East, West and Southern Africa. The Design Network Africa, a CKU project looks at the current shifts and exciting developments in design happening now across the continent.

Preview evening
Curators Trevyn and Julian McGowen invite you to preview Graphic Africa with live African from The Venus Bushfores and tasters from the continent by Jollof Pot.

19 September
5pm - 9pm

Platform at Habitat
208 King's Road,
London, SW3 5XP


Curator walks
Find out more about the collection – inspiration, techniques and key features from the curator, and meet the designers who will be on hand to walk you through the collection and answer your questions.

20 September
1pm & 3pm

Admission is free

About the exhibition
Habitat is pleased to announce details of its exhibition as part of the 2013 London Design Festival: Graphic Africa will showcase a thoroughly contemporary aesthetic, with important work by 16 leading designers from 10 countries in East, West and Southern Africa. Picking up on the current shifts and exciting developments in design happening now across the continent, curator Trevyn and Julian McGowan (based near Cape Town) select over 20 pieces of new furniture, and a capsule collection of ceramics, glassware and lighting all drawing from the most contemporary interpretation of African pattern and scale.

This contemporary work will be presented in a theatrical setting bringing the graphic quality of the work to life in Habitat’s Platform space on the King’s Road.

As part of Graphic Africa, Habitat is collaborating directly with one of the designers to create a limited edition textile collection. West Africa-based textile designer Boubacar Doumbia is working with Rebecca Hoyes, Habitat’s Senior Designer to produce a collection based on ‘mud cloth’ techniques. The result will be a collection of cushions, throws and home textiles, exclusive to Habitat. This collaboration is indicative of the stories behind all the designs in Graphic Africa. Each of the designers in the exhibition spent time with each other in recent months, sharing their specific techniques and knowledge which all too often is limited to their own region. “International collaborations as well as improved networks within Africa itself mean new design and production perspectives are emerging on a global scale”, says Hoyes.

Through a development program called Design Network Africa, external influencers (including the Habitat senior design team) were involved in sharing design knowledge. This collaboration has allowed these 16 designers to explore new directions, the results of which Habitat is very pleased to showcase during LDF.

Product will range from modern furniture and lighting from Johannesburg-based Dokter & Misses, hand-strung iconic furniture from Cheick Diallo from Mali, crafted metal furniture by Hamed Ouattara from Burkina Faso, artistic ceramics by Cape Town-based Imiso and graphic textiles by Boubacar Doumbia who runs textile-based social enterprises in Mali.

For over 50 years Habitat has been imagining life as it should be. Since our revolutionary beginnings in 1964 we’ve challenged conventions and shaped the way people live, making outstanding design accessible to all. We’re idealists and explorers at heart, travelling the world to discover new ideas and inspire our collections. We design things that are cleverly crafted and affordably priced but never, ever, simply the norm. We’re not for everyone, but if you want a contemporary home that’s a fun, well-designed habitat then chances are you’re in the right place.

Habitat has three London flagship stores on Tottenham Court Road, King's Road and Finchley Road as well as Mini Habitat stores and new stand-alone stores opening across the UK.

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