Kumsuka (evolve your space)

Siyanda Mazibuko

Johannesburg, South Africa | Wood: red oak

Siyanda Mazibuko is a South African, Johannesburg based furniture designer, maker and artist who obtained a wood furniture course with Furntech, where he did his training and incubation and established his practice in 2016. Mazibuko is one of Design Indaba 2016 class of emerging creatives and participates in the 100% design South Africa exhibition yearly. His activity in the design and art space led to an invite from Palazzo Litta gallery in Italy, to showcase his work at the Cultura Milano Focus Africa 2018 Exhibition. Most recently, he is one of the top 15 creatives of Business Arts South Africa. Occasionally commissioned for a diverse scope of custom made designer furniture, his work is inspired by a combination of culture and nature through the lens of energy in motion.

The inspirations for Mazibuko’s piece included isicholo, a hairstyle symbolising tribal identity in several African cultures, and indlamu, a tribal Zulu dance practised in celebratory ceremonies. He paired these visual references with a reflection on themes of engaging, human behaviour, and the role of design in people’s lives. ‘Engaging with other people is an intrinsic human trait,’ he says, citing this as the reason for his design, a modular, layered seat imagined for public spaces. He took a practical approach, looking into ergonomics and function to create his bench, composed of interlocking strips of timber.