Southern Guild, the South African platform known for collectable, limited edition contemporary design, returns to Design Miami/ in Basel, Switzerland for a third consecutive year from 16-21 June 2015. Alongside top local designers the likes of Porky Hefer and Dokter and Misses, Southern Guild is bringing with it works from the broader African continent. Their Design Miami/ Basel exhibition will feature works by Hamed Ouattara (Burkina Faso), Cheick Diallo (Mali) and Babacar Niang (Senegal). New individual works along with cross-continent collaborations are to be exhibited this year.
At its core African design is artisanal and handmade, bringing designers to work in an exploratory way with deep cultural relevance. Through encouraging collaboration and discourse, Southern Guild aims to provoke the local design industry, and inspire quality and originality. Southern Guild at Design Miami/ Basel 2015 aims to convey the resourceful nature of South African design that is layered with storytelling, historical and cultural references and political allusions with a touch of primal and earth-bound essence. The gallery showcases the most important contemporary designs from South Africa at the best fairs around the world. Gallery co-founder Trevyn McGowan says, “The work we’re bringing to Design Miami/ Basel offers a powerful, primal narrative. It’s a raw exploration of what sets us apart as a country, through our unique cultures with distinct historical references.”
Bushmeat Bust: Jop Kunneke
Seemo: Peter Mabeo + Porky Hefer
Paphiopedilum Armeniacum and Untitled: Astrid Dahl