Without craftsmanship, design is meaningless. Before we enjoyed the elusive birth of the designer, the craftsman was both designer and maker, executor.
Craft is celebrating a come back world wide, entering the mainstream, as people are looking more and more to place their money for well executed objects, surrounding their lives with value, rather than short lived throw away goods.
Great manufacturing is everywhere, check out Mabeo Furniture from Botswana, Africa. Peter Mabeo is collaborating with international designers such as Patricia Urquiola and the Swedish architects trio Claesson Koivisto Rune, to create simple, beautiful crafted furniture. The Mabeo brand uses good design, combined with a high levels of craftsmanship, carefully selected sustainable raw materials and people development to carve out a niche for themselves in handcrafted high end designer goods, appealing to an international clientele loving versatility.
Mabeo has been featured in highly regarded design magazines all around the world and in online publications. Apart from their premiere at Design Week in Milano, Mabeo has also exhibited at 100% Design in London and has been a regular exhibitor at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, where he and his team has been honoured with the Editors choice award for Best Craftsmanship, both in 2006 and 2008. Since the 2006 international launch, some significant, high profile hotel projects in New York and in Stockholm have been realised.
Long live good craftsmanship, with greetings from the Mabeo team in Botswana!