Milan: M’Afrique installation by Stephen Burks at Moroso 27.04.09

words Anna Bates

We've just got back from Milan furniture fair with a sack full of images to show you (and some very sore shoulders and feet to accompany). To kick things off, here's some photos of Moroso's M'Afrique installation in the Italian Superbrand's showroom on Via Pontaccio, designed by New York based designer Stephen Burks.

Sitting alongside work by African artists Fathi Hassan and Soly Cissé were iconic pieces of furniture from Moroso's archive covered in African fabrics - among them Ron Arad's Victoria & Albert sofa and Doshi Levien's Princess day bed. Walls were decorated with photography by London architect David Adjaye and African photographer Boubacar Touré Mandémory.

Patricia Urquiola and Philippe Bestenaider designed pieces especially for the show inspired by Africa, while Toord Boontje, Burks and fellow New Yorkers Bibi Seck and Ayse Birsel sought the expertise of African craftspeople to materialise their products. It all had the potential of resorting to cliche and resembling something you'd pick up in a London market, but Moroso managed to capture the spirit of a carnival in the furniture, and keep the products suitably chic for their price tag.

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image M’Afrique installation

image M’Afrique installation

image By Bibi Seck and Ayse Birsel

image By Patricia Urquiola

image By Philippe Bestenheider

image By Ron Arad

image By Stephen Burks

image By Stephen Burks

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