“It’s high time African Designers took their place on the global stage”

 "لقد حان الوقت لأن يأخذ المصممون الأفارقة مكانهم على المسرح العالمي" 

“It’s high time African Designers took their place on the global stage”

We are excited to announce Design Africa, a series of conversations with some of the continent’s best designers hosted by Lagos Design Week founder, Titi Ogover.

African art and design – its bold and materialistic vernacular and abstract language – is central to the story of modernity and at the heart of many schools of contemporary design.

African art was a major inspiration for the Art Nouveau movement in Europe as classical African sculpture influenced some of history’s greatest artists including Picasso, Broncos, Modigliani, and Matisse.

This influence has persisted and grown over time, expanding into contemporary design, architecture, music, and fashion.

African art and design – its bold and materialistic vernacular and abstract language – is central to the story of modernity and at the heart of many schools of contemporary design.

African art was a major inspiration for the Art Nouveau movement in Europe as classical African sculpture influenced some of history’s greatest artists including Picasso, Broncos, Modigliani, and Matisse.

This influence has persisted and grown over time, expanding into contemporary design, architecture, music, and fashion.

African art and design language of abstraction, bold vernacular, and rich materialism are essential elements of the modernist story – © Seon Odol

My name is Titi Ogover, and I’m the founder and director of Design Week Lagos (DWL), the premier international festival celebrating design on the continent. Every October, we come together to celebrate and promote the avant-garde of design across Africa, a beacon from the unofficial design capital of the continent in Lagos, Nigeria.

DWL is a growing annual celebration held, with core programs including a central exhibition showcasing new work from across the continent, an awards program, and a series of talks and lectures.

In addition to introducing new product design, the DWL program highlights and explores new paths in manufacturing methods, highlighting ingenuity and sharing information so that a growing community of contemporary designers can better benefit from a rich history of craftsmanship and unique material knowledge across the continent.

you can watch Misk Art Week | Misk Art Institute

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