Inspired by archaic geometrical shapes and symbols found in cultures around the world, Ancestors brings traditional ethnic art back to life. Contemporary wooden furniture is being transformed into unique pieces of art as each pattern is carefully carved by our artisans.
By readdressing ethnic art and blending it with contemporary design, the world of Ancestors transcends the boundary between past and present.
Our first collection has its roots in Africa. The TABWA range is the embodiment of the continent’s rich cultural heritage and blends together innovation, art and tradition. Tabwa was designed by Carlos Baladia, a former photographer and scenographer who has always been fascinated by ethnic cultures and handcrafted furniture. His passion for extensive travels and experiences with various traditional cultures have been translated into this powerful collection.
Named after the Tabwa culture from Central Africa, the collection’s inspiration comes from the people’s fondness for linear geometric motifs. Among them, the most noticeable symbol is the triangle which forms a central element to the TABWA range. The triangle is interpreted as a new moon, symbolizing the rebirth and continuity of life. Africa’s abundant artisanal history is also evident throughout the collection. From the spectacularly decorated facades of Tiébélé village houses and mausoleums, to the intricate designs of local folklore, hand painted by women during celebratory gatherings.
The TABWA collection was designed by Carlos Baladia, a former photographer and scenographer who has always been fascinated by ethnic cultures and handcrafted furniture. His passion for life, extensive travels and experiences with various cultures and their traditions all directly translate into this powerful collection.
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