Birsel + Seck, award-winning New York-based design and innovation studio, will furnish the lounge at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair with its Taboo series of stools and tables.
Made in Dakar, Senegal, the Taboo series is made from 80% recycled garbage bags and plastic bottles. The shape of the Taboo furniture references the daily habits of many people in Western African, where it is common practice to sit on stools around lows table during meals. Dependent on the color of the recycled plastic, the stools and tables come in a variety of colors, including greens, blues, and corals. The Taboo pieces come from MoMA PS1 where they were used in the café.
Birsel + Seck was founded in 2003 by designers Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck. Since its inception, the studio has achieved innovative solutions across the office, home, bath, retail, and automotive sectors. Projects include designing the highly successful Resolve Storage System for Herman Miller and the Giada de Laurentiis Kitchen Collection for Target, as well as designing Hewlett-Packard’s executive lobby in Palo Alto. Placing an emphasis on simplicity, empathy, and sustainability, Birsel + Seck has received numerous awards including the IDEA Gold and ID Magazine Excellence Awards. The studio’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper Hewitt National.