At the anticipated opening of Southern Guild’s Extra Ordinary, prolific local fashion designer Rich Mnisi furthered his impressive repertoire with the launch of Mnisi’s furniture debut. The niche range, consisting of a chaise and a stool, follows his latest fashion collection – titled Nwa-Mulamula, after his late great-grand mother which represents a guardian. The collection first showcased in Lagos last October, and stands as a physical representation of Nwa-Mulamula as the ever-present guardian, whose teachings live on through storytelling generation after generation.
According to Mnisi the chaise takes the shape of Nwa-Mulamula’s (The Guardian) body in the form of a navy leather couch and represents her presence and long-lasting teachings. He says of the stool, in the shape of an eye with gold puddles, represents her tears, which were never in vain.
In true Mnisi style, the pieces are quirky and outlandish, beautifully crafted and striking. As with his clothing, someone needs to know how to put these pieces in a space. Having said that, the range is something that the uber-stylish will want to snap up immediately. We certainly want to.
The range forms part of Extra Ordinary, a group show of multidisciplinary artists, all in celebration of Southern Guild’s decade-long journey of pioneering collectible design in South Africa. The exhibition is running until the 14th of April at the Southern Guild in Cape Town’s Silo District.
Images courtesy of Hayden Phipps.