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Cheick Diallo

Cheick Diallo’s impeccable furniture and objects challenge common perceptions of African design with their mix of ancient wisdom and contemporary sensibility. A creative risk-taker, Diallo trained as an architect and designer in France, before establishing a studio in his home city of Bamako, Mali. Here Diallo produces design projects, which speak to a local making tradition of using discarded materials and working mostly by hand.

He and his team of artisans produce furniture and objects of impeccable finish that play ambiguously with the notion of luxury, manufacturing obects from everyday detritus – from bottle tops to old tyres. Diallo has exhibited extensively internationally and is considered the godfather of African design.