Web_babacarA member of Design Network Africa since its inception. Babacar Niang sadly passed away on the eve of the opening of Grains of Paradise, the pinnacle of his international career, where his work was exhibited at prestigious New York gallery R & Company, alongside that of three other African design companies. DNA pays tribute to a much-loved brother in design, with this homage to a great man, extraordinarily talented designer and kind, gentle soul: A Tribute to Babacar Niang (25-09-1964 to 25-03-2015).


DNA at GUILD 2015

DNA at GUILD 2015

GUILD 2015, Africa’s only international design fair, saw the launch of Phase III of Design Network Africa. With a stronger focus on East and West African designers, DNA will continue its mission of supporting its members’ businesses, fostering their growth and offering opportunities for showcasing their work on a global platform. With continued funding from the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU), DNA will still be run by South African company SOURCE (led by Trevyn and Julian McGowan), with the additional support of a facilitator in each region. East Africa will be facilitated by Christine Gitau, while West Africa will be supported by Abdrahamane Ouedraogo.

The launch of Phase III saw the coming together of the 13-member group, a melange of existing and new faces, with workshops and creative exchanges taking place over a period of four days in Cape Town. DNA also exhibited at GUILD, with members’ collectible design works on show at the fair.

DNA Phase III Members: A A K S (Ghana), Adele Dejak (Kenya), Cheick Diallo (Mali), Djiguiyaso (Mali), Moto Zanzibar (Tanzania), Mutapo Pottery (Zimbabwe), Ndomo (Mali), Nulangee (Senegal), Ramara (Kenya), Sky Decor (Kenya), Studio Hamed Ouattara (Burkina Faso), Tekura (Ghana), Uganda Crafts (Uganda)