Atang Tshikare and OKHA: when two worlds collide
OKHA's signature look of modern refinement, luxury and sophistication has been given an evocative update by Atang Tshikare in the first instalment of their trilogy of collaborative pieces. When Adam Court, creative director and designer at OKHA, met with Tshikare two years ago, they were starting a journey that would be the beginning of a trilogy of products.
An ever-evolving and explorative South African creator, Tshikare is renowned for his African emblematic style of graffiti, graphic design and illustration. Court, on the other hand, celebrates clean lines and luxurious materials. Despite their different aesthetics, the collaboration was a natural one.
'He is acclaimed and influential, but not for his furniture designs or use of luxury materials,' Court says. 'At OKHA, we knew he would bring something personal to the collaboration – a different process of creativity, and sense of narrative and anthropomorphic mystery to the work that would be the perfect fit and perfect juxtaposition for the OKHA collection. And, importantly, it would dial into the zeitgeist of decor today, which pivots strongly on a unique, unscripted mix of materials and forms.'
Combining Court's elegantly modern designs with Tshikare's African-inspired creations, the end result is bursting with character and personality.
The Metsing Table
The Metsing Table is unique in its narrative. Meaning 'place of water', it embodies a refreshing aesthetic reminiscent of the flow of water.
'The idea of fluidity and water became our focus; we wanted to capture something that is always in a state of flux, movement and transition. We wanted to accomplish that in a still, three-dimensional object,' says Tshikare. In its design, the table captures a feeling of something mythical and other-worldly – ancient and timeless.
Keep your eye out for the next two pieces from the trilogy, to be released later this year.