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Malian designer 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, Cheick trained as an architect at the Ecole d’Architecture de Normandie in France and there he discovered design, enrolling in the furniture design course at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris from 1992 to 1994During this time, his Ifen lamp and Rivale chair earned him top honours from the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris  

Cheick returned to his home city of Bamako to establish his studio, deciding from the start to restrict himself to working only with local materials and artisanal skills. He and his team of craftsmen produce furniture and objects of impeccable finish that play ambiguously with the notion of luxury, manufacturing objects from everyday detritus – from bottle tops to fishing wire to old tyres. He has become renowned for his elegantly curved seats made from woven and knotted colourful nylon thread. 

Over the past 20 years he has become a major figure, and is often cited as the first person to develop conceptual design in an African contextHe has exhibited extensively all over the world, including the Hayward Gallery in London, the National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou in ParisKunst Palace in Düsseldorf, and a 2012 solo show at the Museum Mandet in FranceHis work was included in the Vitra Museums’ exhibition “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” and in AfricaRemix at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. He has exhibited with Southern Guild at Design Miami/ Basel and Design Miami. 

Cheick Diallo
Dibi Chair

Steel, nylon
70 x 90 x 87 cm
Edition of 20

Cheick Diallo
Dibi Chair

Steel, nylon
70 x 90 x 87 cm
Edition of 20

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Cheick Diallo
Dibi Chair

Steel, nylon
70 x 90 x 87 cm
Edition of 20

Cheick Diallo
Dibi Chair

Steel, nylon
70 x 90 x 87 cm
Edition of 20

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Cheick Diallo
Gatigui

Steel, leather
160 x 55 x 67 cm
Unique

Cheick Diallo
Gatigui

Steel, leather
160 x 55 x 67 cm
Unique

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Cheick Diallo
Mintoo

Steel, leather
110 x 45 x 150 cm
Edition of 2

Cheick Diallo
Mintoo

Steel, leather
110 x 45 x 150 cm
Edition of 2

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