About a week ago, Nifemi Marcus-Bello, a 30-year-old Nigerian product designer, walked into a high-end lifestyle store in Victoria Island, Lagos’s central business district. He asked if they might stock his “LM Stool,” named after a dear friend.
The two-legged stool—created by bending, welding, and laser-cutting metal—looks weightless, and comes in two colors. It’s currently on view in the Venice Design 2018 show held during the the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. But the store, which has acquired a global reputation as a destination for a rich range of goods from the across the African continent, declined to stock it.
It is not “African design,” they said. And the meeting was over.
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