« Pagnework »: Assembling the past and the present
A few weeks ago, walking in the streets of the 10th arrondissement of Paris, we discovered the new African restaurant Osè (which means chilli pepper in Igbo, Nigerian language). We were attracted by the colourful patchworks of this reedited version of Charles Ray Eames chairs and we decided to know more about it. We met the creative owners of this new concept of African fast food and the first in Paris, Gabriel Stein & Morlaye Toure, who freshly inaugurated the restaurant in May.
The concept of the restaurant is simple: modernising and personalising African traditional food. Because today people really don’t have time to spent hours eating and traditional African food is the opposite, the French capital needed a new concept for this; at Osè we can have lunch to go, but we can also compose our own meal, mixing and personalising the different savours from all the regions in Africa, regardless if we’re vegetarian or not. The result is a spicy patchwork of savours and flavours, just as their beautiful chairs.
Gabriel & Morlaye collaborated with the eco-responsable French company Ethos Bois et Design who managed to understand very well what they wanted and did an excellent work on the Interior Design and on the customisation of the Eames chairs.
(*NDLR: as our article is not about food, please go directly to Osè’s Facebook to discover how their menu is composed)
The inspiration for the chairs were the traditional African Pagnes (loincloth) that are used in almost all regions in Africa, and as I mentioned in my last article where I spoke about the Royal Dutch Wax technique, the pagne is also a strong cultural element of traditional Africa. For exemple the Maasaï Warriors used to wear them; today, with occidental influence this ethnic group have slowly replaced by longer pagnes.
(*NDLR: Even if i’m really tempted of writing more about their sad situation today, i will stay focused on my subject)
And « pagnework »
patchwork have also of course been an inspiration to the Fashion Industry.