Conversation

This project was born during a workshop in Libreville, Gabon.

Our work group was made of two students from ENSAD school of Paris and one local student from the ENAM school of Libreville and we were helped by many craftsmen and local helpers.


We decided to suggest two aspects of the Gabonese culture in our project: their welcoming culture, and their ability to transform any shape or object into another to fulfill their needs.
This led us to building a pair of twin trestles with a dual use : They allow, not only, to bear a table to eat or work, but they also serve as chairs when the table top is put away.


The top part of the trestle is shaped after a typical african stool and the braided raffia pillows offer a more comfortable seating.
The trestles are made out of Gabonese wood known for their robustness and vivid pinkish colors : the kevazingo and the paorosa.

Ce projet est né lors d’un workshop à Libreville au Gabon. Nous avons collaboré avec des artisans et un étudiant locaux durant une semaine dans le but de créer un objet symbole de lien entre nos deux cultures.

Cette paire de tréteaux fait aussi office de tabouret et met en lumière la capacité des Gabonais à trouver de multiples utilités aux outils qui les entourent. Sous forme  d’assise ou de table, l’objet invite à la conversation et à la convivialité.

Ces tréteaux sont faits en Paorosa et en Kevazingo, deux bois reconnus pour être robustes et colorés.

© Marie-Marie Dutour

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