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Developing Modernity

Dates: 29 June – 05 July 2014
Tutor(s): Cheick Diallo
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Prices: From € 835 to € 1125 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

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In our workshop we’ll take advantage of the creative potential in the arts of recycling and deviation in order to develop a contemporary language for a new series of furniture and domestic objects with its own quality trade mark.

We are going to revise existing objects and switch their functions towards new directions:

–      by practising an archeology of materials that analyses active or dormant properties

–      by trying out applications and considering new techniques

–      by sounding out potential extensions for new design perspectives

Playfully changing points of view, which stands at the outset of all creative work, is our workshop’s design culture which is supposed to activate fresh energies and the re-vitalisation of existing know-how.

Creator, experimentor, designer and trainer Cheik Diallo is pushing the boundaries of design as he and his team manufacture objects from salvaged materials: old tyres, bottle tops, cans, computer batteries etc. in an organised chaos that results in objects of impeccable finish. Born in Bamako, Mali and trained as an architect and designer in Paris, Cheick Diallo’s studio in Bamako is pushing the boundaries of traditional African design into something totally original, edgy and urban.

In his latest project, Diallo has organised workshops with groups of local artisans, engaging them to create a collection of seats made in multi-coloured nylon strings twisted over recycled metal structures. Diallo aims, with his designs, to bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern sensuality to create, instead, a new understanding of Africa and African design.

Cheick Diallo is among the nominated designers for the EDIDA awards 2014:

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