With playfulness and a pinch of humor, South African designer Porky Hefer builds hanging chairs reminiscent of natural woven nests or cocoons.
Created from steel and kooboo cane, raffia and leather, the stylish nests evoke not only a sense of warmth, comfort and security, but also respect for the rigorous, intricate craftsmanship that went into the creation of the chairs. Employing traditional South African weaving techniques and materials, Hefer’s work is firmly grounded in – and dedicated to celebrating – the wealth of both natural resources and artistic heritage of his home country. Formerly an advertising Creative Director, Hefer shifted into design when, after 16 years in the industry, he realised he wasn’t creating enough himself. Four years after founding a creative consultancy, he established Porky Hefer Design, focusing on conceptual, perception-challenging creations across the disciplines of sculpture, furniture and product design.