Otago Designs - Kikapu vases

DECO always has its ear to the ground when it comes to design and craft, both locally and internationally.

With the relaunch of our Solve New Talent competition this year, the decision was made to have design (a relatively modern discipline) meet with craft (an ancient practice). The requirements are for a designer and a crafter to collaborate in designing a product for either the home or the garden, that integrates design with craft. We can’t wait to see the results and choose a winner.

Handblown recycled glass with brass and gold plated sandcast brass animals
Handblown recycled glass with brass and gold-plated sand cast brass animals

Collaborations of design and craft are becoming more and more an evolving  trend, with African influences spreading worldwide on a contemporary level. One beautiful example of this is the work of Anna Rose and Eddie Sercombe of Otago Design – a multi-discipline design studio based in the UK, which produces collections of luxury interior accessories. By combining their talents in interior design, fine art and textile design with their shared travel and living experiences in Africa, Otago was born. Sourcing products and working with artisans in East Africa, quality craftsmanship meets cutting edge design while preserving artistic traditions and ensuring fair trade standards are met.

Handwoven Kikipu platters and vases ; recycled glass bottles with Maasai beadwork,
Handwoven Kikipu platters and vases ; recycled glass bottles with Maasai beadwork,

The team behind Otago Design are currently on their way to Kenya to work with local artisans on a lighting commission, but for the meanwhile their products are available from their online shop as well as from a selection of stores in USA and UK. Take this as inspiration to make your own ideas happen, and download the Solve entry form here.

Handmade by Swazi artisans - Kikapu platters, Shabba bowls and Kusuka mats
Handmade by Swazi artisans – Kikapu platters, Shabba bowls and Kusuka mats

 

www.otagodesign.com

Compiled by Marushka Stipinovich