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A designer at the very forefront of African fashion, Rich Mnisi founded his eponymous label in 2015Born in Kempton Park, Johannesburg in 1991, he graduated from LISOF School of Fashion in 2014 and was named Africa Fashion International Young Designer of the Year at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa that same year.  

Widely heralded for his fusion of contemporary pop culture and traditional African heritage, Rich’s designs infuse his own personal narrative into extremist yet minimalist structures. He works across genders, seasons, geographical lines and creative disciplines, with a twin devotion to craftsmanship and experimentation.  

His work has made international headlines in media outlets such as Dazed and Confusedi-D, ViceVOGUE Italia, WWD and Sunday TimesHe draws influences from film, music and photography, and he frequently art directs editorial and campaign shoots. 

Rich made his furniture debut with two pieces for Southern Guild in 2018: the Nwa-Mulamula (his late great-grandmother’s name in XiTsonga) chaise and stool. These organic-shaped pieces are an extension of his NwaMulamula fashion collection – a homage to the memory of his late great-grand mother, an ever-present guardian whose teachings have lived on in his family through storytelling generation after generation.  

The upholstered organic-shaped chaise and bronze tear-shaped stool were commissioned by Southern Guild for a group show of multidisciplinary artists, titled Extra OrdinaryThe designer will be featured again in a second group show later this year. 

Rich Mnisi
Nwa-Mulamula’s Chaise

Upholstered leather
268 x 130 x 68 cm
Edition of 8, in form and leather colour

Rich Mnisi
Nwa-Mulamula’s Chaise

Upholstered leather
268 x 130 x 68 cm
Edition of 8, in form and leather colour

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Rich Mnisi
Nwa-Mulamula’s Tears

Upholstered leather and bronze
75 x 45 x 50 cm
Edition of 8, in form and leather colour

Rich Mnisi
Nwa-Mulamula’s Tears

Upholstered leather and bronze
75 x 45 x 50 cm
Edition of 8, in form and leather colour

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