Discussing the forced migration of African people during the colonial era, this investigation is in response to how powerless these people must have felt. Iklwa, therefore, offers a speculative sense of protection from this aggressive practice as, when used, the throne conjures up notions of authority, empowerment and dominance against oppression.
Drawing inspiration from his African Cultural heritage, Mac has created a furniture piece which is in tune with the ideas of Afrocentrism and Afrofuturism. Through a composition of powerful, spear-like forms, an encompassing backrest and a vivid, ultramarine hue, the designer has created a visually intense object designed to dominate and overwhelm its surroundings. Much like a throne, this dominating ash structure is intended to frame, enhance and empower its human subject. Having been eased into a nonchalant sitting position, the user is then encouraged to investigate and explore the sculpted forms and intricacies that hide below the intense blue stain.
Photography by Mac Collins