Ancestors by Ethnicraft

The Origins of Tradition

Thursday, April 12, 2018 — During the 57th edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Ethnicraft introduced a brand new collection. ANCESTORS is an exclusive furniture line that celebrates our origins. Our first collection has its roots in Africa. The TABWA collection is the embodiment of the continent’s rich cultural heritage and blends together innovation, art, and tradition. We are located in Pavilion 12, booth number A03 B04 where you can experience ANCESTORS. 

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.

TABWA COLLECTION

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.

You will find a selection of high-resolution images available for download below. 

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Ancestors by Ethnicraft

TABWA  close-up
TABWA close-up
TABWA close-up
Ancestors Tabwa TV cupboard - 1 door 1 drawer - 160x45x51cm
Ancestors Tabwa sideboard high - 4 doors 4 drawers - 200x45x160cm
Ancestors Tabwa bench detail
Ancestors Tabwa bench
Ancestors Tabwa storage cupboard - 2 doors 2 drawers - 126x45x180cm
Ancestors Tabwa mirror - 250x150x3cm
Ancestors Tabwa sideboard - 4 doors - 200x45x85cm
Tabwa designer Carlos Baladia
Ethnicraft N701 sofas and Ancestors Tabwa Blok coffee table
Ancestors Tabwa Thin side tables - set of 3
Ancestors Tabwa side tables- set of 3
Ancestors Tabwa round nesting coffee tables - set of 3
Ethnicraft Ancestors Tabwa Thin side tables
Ethnicraft Ancestors Tabwa Thin side tables
Ethnicraft N701 sofa, Totem side table & Ancestors Tabwa TV cupboard
Ethnicraft Ancestors Tabwa sideboard
Ethnicraft N701 sofas and Ancestors Tabwa Blok coffee table & storage cupboard
Ancestors Tabwa console 200x40x80cm