Salvaged metal turned into homeware by Studio Hamed Ouattara – upcycleDZINE
Some upcycle designers create their work because they want to show what is possible by upcycling and thereby giving an object or material a second life. You know by now that this is great because it also makes the public aware of what is thrown away everyday. But there are also designers that are driven by a necessity to upcycle because of where and how they live. These designers earn their living by using their craftsmanship to create beautiful and original pieces made out of salvaged objects. A great example is a project by Artlantique, where boats are upcycled the African way into furniture.

Salvaged metal ends up in galleries around the globe

Maybe it’s me having lived in Ghana the first 4 years of my life, or maybe it’s just Africa that attracts me. But upcycleDZINE is very glad to feature another upcycle designer from that continent.
Salvaged metal turned into homeware by Studio Hamed Ouattara – upcycleDZINE
Salvaged metal turned into homeware by Studio Hamed Ouattara – upcycleDZINE
It’s self-taught artist and designer Hamed Ouattara, founder of Studio Hamed Ouattara, based Ouagadougou, the buzzing capitol of Burkina Faso. A country known for its artisanal metal-working heritage.
Salvaged metal turned into homeware by Studio Hamed Ouattara – upcycleDZINE
Hamed Ouattara:

“Art has a role to play in the development of Africa and my work reflects this conviction.”

Hamed is daily surrounded by discarded oil drums and other metal objects. To be able to work with these objects he of course needs tools, hinges and for instance nails. Because he lives in a country with frequent power outages, he crafts these items in his studio. This results in every detail being carefully considered and perfectly tailored.
Salvaged metal turned into homeware by Studio Hamed Ouattara – upcycleDZINE
Salvaged metal turned into homeware by Studio Hamed Ouattara – upcycleDZINE
Hamed’s homeware upcycle design pieces have a distinctive signature and show true craftsmanship. This is done by hammering, shaping and repurposing the old drums by hand and using traditional patterning in a whole new way. Another characteristic of his work is the fact that his furniture is often colourful and has many marks and scratches that where on the salvaged metal.
Salvaged metal turned into homeware by Studio Hamed Ouattara – upcycleDZINE
Hamed Ouattara:

“Through recycling, I’m able to offer a truly local, innovative response to waste products made from scarce resources in our region.”

Salvaged metal turned into homeware by Studio Hamed Ouattara – upcycleDZINE
Photos © Studio Hamed Ouattara

He first exhibited in Brussels in 1998, and since then has grown into a leading figure in contemporary African design. His stunning work is represented by Southern Guild and gets praise from top international gallerists, with purchases by important collectors around the globe.

Design by Studio Hamed Ouattara | Facebook

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