Scene and herd: African design comes to Miami

01 : 12 : 2011 Design Miami : Furniture : South Africa

Miami Beach – Africa is represented for the first time at Design Miami/ by South African gallery Southern Guild, directed by Trevyn and Julian McGowan.

Southern Guild, Design Miami 2011 Southern Guild, Design Miami 2011
Southern Guild, Design Miami 2011 Southern Guild, Design Miami 2011
Southern Guild, Design Miami 2011 Southern Guild, Design Miami 2011

The McGowans’ mission when they founded Southern Guild in 2008 was to create a platform for limited-edition, high-end contemporary design, inviting between 40 and 50 designers a year to contribute pieces.

Their choice for Miami is Migrant/Migrate, a collection of pieces by Gregor Jenkin that refer to the migration of labour within South Africa and the natural migration of herds of wildebeest.

‘These six pieces – an elegantly awkward clutch of tables – are grouped and sold together in five ‘herds’ like the herds of animals they represent. Each piece takes inspiration for its form from nature, while still retaining a functional element,’ says Trevyn McGowan.

Jenkin works with local artisans to make the pieces using waxed steel. The turned metal legs are typical of his work and made by a local gunsmith, picking up on the continuing appeal of turning in contemporary furniture as well as the growing trend for using materials in a raw or near-raw form.

Look out for further reports on Design Miami/ in our Seed and Shows sections.

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