GONE RURAL SWAZILAND X DOKTER AND MISSES
RURAL CRAFT MEETS AFRICAN DESIGN CHIC
Innovative South African design company, Dokter and Misses have teamed up with artisan weavers Gone Rural Swaziland, a high impact social enterprise in rural eSwatini, to develop the modular Soldier Screens system. The screens are made of a slender steel frame with inserts woven from a combination of sustainably harvested sisal and indigenous Lutindzi grass, which grows wild on rocky outcrops in the Swazi mountains.
The inserts, handwoven by the Gone Rural craftswomen in Swaziland, introduce this age-old production method to the home and office environment. The Soldier Screen system allows one to define and divide a large space. Used as a single stand-alone panel, the screen inserts a strong graphic into a space and when joined together they create linear or curved partitions, as well as enclosures that resemble rooms. The total assembly size of this modular system is variable and does not require professional installation.
Speaking about this exciting collaboration between the two companies, Mellisa Mazingi, Managing Director of Gone Rural said:
“Our collaboration with Dokter and Misses represented the coming together of two strong African brands - both with the objective of demonstrating how African design can be chic, modern and high end and illustrating the evolution of the overall African aesthetic. I believe that collaborations like these are necessary to capitalize on the growing following of design brands from the continent as well as to create unique, inimitable home products that are contemporary yet timeless. The blend between industrial and natural materials is beautifully representative of a continent whose urban spaces are developing at a rapid pace yet remaining true to its roots.”