ENDANGERED is a new edition to Porky Hefer’s Nest series. South African artist Porky Hefer’s Nests are human-sized hanging cocoon seats which he creates in collaboration with other designers. Hefer brings together artists who master a variety of traditional South African crafting techniques largely avoiding the use of machinery. His larger-than-life seating environments have achieved global recognition over the past few years.
ENDANGERED was designed with artisans from Cape Town. The series was launched at design fair Miami/Basel 2018. The cocoon nests are build using techniques like weaving, stitching and splicing together different fibres. All surfaces are crocheted, felted, stitched and embroidered with unique embellishments. All of these ENDANGERED Nest sculptures are made with eco-friendly and recycled materials.
The ENDANGERED species cocoons edition depicts 5 threatened species from all over the world: including an orang-utan, a polar bear, a sloth, a blue whale as well as a great white shark. “It’s the future of the next generation that I am concerned about. As well as the state of the world they inherit. Looking after our animals and earth is one thing but [I’m also concerned about] the preservation of human skills, crafts and traditions,” Hefer explains.
“The design Miami/Basel visitors are invited to sit in, on, and around these friendly sculptural creatures. Therefore igniting a sense of empathy as the stories of the real animals’ hardships and the importance of their survival to our own lives is told through interaction, video, and text,” says Lisa Schiff, Founder and Principal of SFA Advisory.
The ENDANGERED endangered species cocoons series will be available for sale in a limited edition of three per animal. Commissioned by SFA Advisory and Southern Guild, ENDANGERED will benefit the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), with 25% of sales proceeds used to support LDF’s wildlife conservation programs.
Remember the Grinz dog toy ball?
Hefer aims to make his work memorable by making his audience smile. Fun designs include the Rogz Grinz dog toy ball he created in 2012…you’ve probably seen this bouncy ball with an imprinted huge smile, making any dog appear to be grinning broadly?
Read more about Porky Hefer’s work here.
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