Design and interiors company Okha specialises in contemporary, elegant furniture born out of a deep respect for traditional craftsmanship. The most recent in a series of ongoing collaborations with leading South African artisans, Okha presents a trilogy of works from self-developed, multidisciplinary artist Atang Tshikare. Tshikare’s visual language is broad and expressive, and his otherworldly works often contain dreamlike narratives. In this collaboration, his forward-thinking aesthetic combines brilliantly with Okha’s designs, resulting in a covetable range of products with loads of personality and mythical edge.
The Metsing coffee table is the first in the trilogy and is made out of tinted kiln-cast glass and solid-cast patinated bronze. Metsing means ‘place of water’, referring to a site where one can be replenished. When it came to conceptualising the design, Tshikare says, ‘We spent a lot of time just talking: the ideas came about from words and feelings rather than drawings and sketches. It was about tuning in and translating an almost spiritual concept into something tangible and present’.
Reminiscent of a serpent moving in a swaying motion, the Nôga standing lamp sheds an ubiquitous light onto its surrounds. Made with obeche wood, gunmetal bronze and stainless steel, and sporting a beautifully handcarved form, its shape is definitive and pronounced, with markings that beckon to be touched. It’s ‘a realisation of possibilities’, says Tshikare.
Modelled after the praying mantis, the Kaggen sidetable is nimble and understated in its design. Like the Metsing coffee table, it’s also made from solid-cast patinated bronze and tinted kiln-cast glass. ‘Searching for a balance between each creation is a thoughtful process that requires me to reposition my thoughts on the direction of my narrative, following a flow of sequences, like one defined limb following another,’ says Tshikare on the process that led to this whimsical sidetable.
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