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Jomo Tariku: Evolving African Design

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Jomo Tariku, an Ethiopian American artist and designer, is at the forefront of modern African design. His recent achievements include being named the 2024 recipient of the Artist Grant with the Alturas Foundation and showcasing his work at Wexler Gallery during Design Miami/2023. Tariku’s latest creations push the boundaries of African design by incorporating new materials while honoring the continent’s rich cultural and historical symbols.

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Meedo Chair

One of Tariku’s notable new pieces is the Kundung Pembe Chair, which marks his first foray into working with bronze. The chair pays homage to Africa’s history with bronze, a material that has been used throughout the continent for centuries. The chair’s design incorporates elements of cattle horns, which are commonly repurposed in African cultures for various items such as drinking vessels, beads, and musical instruments. The name “Kundung Pembe” is a fusion of words from different African regions, reflecting the chair’s diverse inspirations.

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Zagwe Cabinet

Another standout piece is the Zagwe Cabinet, named after the Zagwe dynasty in Northern Ethiopia. The cabinet’s design combines elements from the Zagwe and Axumite kingdoms, blending historical architectural styles with modern craftsmanship. The cabinet’s stripes are inspired by the church of Yemerhane Kiristos in Lalibela, while its details draw from architectural work in Axum.

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Kundung Pembe Chair

Tariku’s Meedo Bench and Meedo Chair are also noteworthy additions to his portfolio. The bench, an extension of the Meedo Chair, pays homage to the Afro Comb and features a unique construction using walnut veneer. The Meedo Chair, originally commissioned in wood by the Metropolitan Museum, has been reimagined in bronze, offering a more polished take on the iconic design.

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Meedo Bench
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Meedo Bench
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Zagwe Cabinet
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Kundung Pembe Chair
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Meedo Bench

Overall, Jomo Tariku’s latest work showcases his innovative approach to African design, blending traditional influences with contemporary aesthetics. By experimenting with new materials and techniques, Tariku is furthering the dialogue around African design and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the field. His work serves as a testament to the richness and diversity of African art and design, inspiring others to explore and celebrate the continent’s cultural heritage.

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