Southern Guild returns to Design Miami for the sixth time with a collection of visceral and immersive work that defines a bold new vernacular for collectible African design.
Following on from the sell-out success of Porky Hefer’s work at Design Miami/ Basel 2018, where Southern Guild and SFA Advisory co-presented his acclaimed project Endangered to benefit the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Southern Guild’s booth features four of his cocoon-like seating environments handcrafted from leather and woven grass. Porky’s human-scale nests and living pods are both fantasy world and functional furniture. Beautifully crafted, they evoke innocence and wild abandon, while their apparent playfulness belies the depth of thinking inherent in the work.
At the fair, Southern Guild also launches a number of specially commissioned new works in bronze. These include a biomorphic table by Kenyan-born sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski, titled ‘Extra Terrestrial’; a pair of zoomorphic seats by rising star Atang Tshikare; Xandre Kriel’s reductive ‘Vos Altar’ table, featuring folded-steel legs and a softly textured bronze slab; and a near-abstract, monolithic console by Dylan Lewis, known internationally for his bronze sculptures depicting African wildlife.