When we walk in the streets of Congo, we often see big trucks filled with wooden logs from thin eucalyptus to really huge pieces of precious wood. They are tied by straps with buckles, dirtied by daily use or sometimes rarely by metal chains.
The furniture which I created results from this image. The crates grouped and attached together are retained by a belt which plays the role of a graphic strong element and at the same time practical one, it retains the DVD or pocket books. If we look at the furniture from various points of view, it can seem that we see a group of crates ready to leave for an unknown destination. This state of almost perpetual movement with small or longer stays represents my nomadic spirit in search of the new, of the discovery, of renewal of the everyday life.
Also, a very important detail is the graphic cruciform shape cut (see photo:detail 2) on the lid of the box incrusted in the furniture. It’s a reference to the christian and animist spirit which coexist in Africa in everyday life. It’s all about the ancient point of view between life and death and that’s why I chose the name “Luzingu” which in the local oral language, Munuktumba, means “Life”.
For © LUZINGU I chose a darkgrain Myanmar teak because of the strong graphic lines which give a special unique character to the furniture.