ANCESTORS is an exclusive furniture line that celebrates our origins.
Inspired by archaic geometrical shapes and symbols found in cultures around the world, ANCESTORS brings traditional ethnic art back to life. Contemporary wooden furniture are transformed into unique pieces of art where each pattern is carefully carved by our artisans. This creates timeless centrepieces of minimalistic silhouette with a unique and distinct character.
Art has long been an important method of communication, as well as the most basic form of creative expression. Heavily centred around spirituality and pure, simple understandings of the universe, ancestral art is strongly connected to nature. Ancestors draws from this rich heritage, using traditional handcrafting techniques and organic materials. By re-addressing ethnic art and blending it with contemporary design, the world of ANCESTORS transcends the boundary between past and present.
Our first chapter 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. Named after the Tabwa culture from Central Africa, the chapter’s inspiration comes from their fondness for linear geometric motifs. Among them, the most noticeable symbol is the triangle. It is interpreted as a new moon, symbolising the rebirth and continuity of life and forms a central element to the TABWA range.
Africa’s abundant artisanal history is also evident throughout the collection. From the spectacularly decorated facades of Tiebele 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.