överallt furniture collection; ikea x african designers

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There are only a few places on earth where design is so different from each other than Afrika and Sweden. Afrika is well known for its bright, cheerful colors, natural raw materials, and beautiful patterns, where Sweden is known for its more minimalistic, solid designs and their earth tones.

Now, these two worlds come together in the Överallt collection by IKEA, which launched last week at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town. The collection features products by designers from five African countries. In the Överallt collection, stories can be found around African social events like dining, sustainability, identity and outside/inside living spaces.
Architect and designer Issa Diabaté from the Ivory Coast designed a simple chair that reflects the African approach to living outdoors and indoors. South African textile designer Laduma Ngxokolo contributed rugs featuring the geometric pattern that adorn his celebrated knitwear. Designers Renee Rossouw and Sindiso Khumalo created textiles based on the African environment. Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane designed a basket, made from textile fiber designed to look like braided hair and Kenyan design office Studio Propolis designed a range of products for flexible cooking and dinging, in the spirit of utility and flexibility.
“This is how design makes the world smaller and brings people from
different cultures closer together”
– Designer Bibi Seck





Courtesy of IKEA
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