Porky Hefer’s Specimen I is a hanging seating environment handwoven in Kooboo cane with four apertures and an upholstered leather cushion inside. Hefer’s life-size nests are a result of his in-depth study into the weaver bird’s nest-building skills, made relevant for a human audience. As with all of his sculptural seating pods, the user is invited to climb inside and experience its visceral, cocooning interior on a sensory and emotional level.
Hefer is a South African designer, activist, and agitator dedicated to using and preserving age-old craft techniques for contemporary applications. He regularly collaborates with leather workers, weavers, and artisans in Cape Town, where he lives. His work was included in the landmark Making Africa exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum and can be found in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. He is a two-time winner of the Design Foundation Icon Award (2013, 2018) and received a Wallpaper Design Award in 2019 for his architectural design of The Nest @ Sossus in Namibia./p>
Porky Hefer Specimen I
Kooboo cane, leather, steel
140 x 140 x 210 cm