Atang Tshikare and Okha: When Two Worlds Collide
Multidisciplinary artist Atang Tshikare and interior design firm Okha have come together to produce luxurious furniture with an evocative twist.
Cape Town-based interior design studio Okha's signature look of modern refinement, luxury and sophistication has been given an evocative update by multidisciplinary artist Atang Tshikare in a collaborative project that resulted in ethereal, dreamlike furniture pieces. When Okha creative director Adam Court met with Tshikare in 2015, they were starting a journey that would be the beginning of a range of products. An ever-evolving and explorative self-taught 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.
'Tshikare 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 and its accompanying Kaggen sidetable by Okha with Atang Tshikare are unique in their narrative. Metsing means 'place of water', and the pieces embody 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 their designs, the cut-glass and solid-cast bronze tables capture a feeling of something mythical and other-worldly – something ancient and timeless.