First published August 2016
Jord Armchair in Carrara marble
Born in Togo, raised in the New York, studied in London and worked in Paris, a self proclaimed artist with an engineering and architecture degree, Kossi Aguessy now lives and works in London and Toulouse.
His influence is global. We are attracted to his perspective and attitude toward creation. He says, “I am not a designer but a describer. I’m not a creator but a messenger – a bridge, a piece of a puzzle called evolution that started before me and shall continue long after.”
Aguessy’s design aesthetic is inspired by antique cultures, and informed by contemporary technology. He says, “The first question I ask myself at the very beginning of the design process is if this novelty is needed and what will be the human and environmental impact of it. If the answer happens to be negative, I will not complete the process.”
Through his own studio – Aguessy Industry, established in 2004 – he charges himself, in Gandhi’s words, to “be the change you wish to see”. (source Design Indiaba: http://bit.ly/2bFNLYB)
Indeed his beliefs and methods have lead to very successful projects and collaborations leading to his inclusion last year in Vitra’s “Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design” exhibition. His work has also included projects for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and Cartier.
Useless Tool Chair in Stainless Steel, Carbon and Nextel (Model acquired by the MoMA)
He recently began work with Galerie Vallois in Paris who will represent him at Art Paris Art Fair in Spring 2017 where he will present his Useless Chair (above), which is already in the collection of MoMA.
L147 Table Lamp in Stainless Steel, Aluminum and Glass
Infinity Armchair in Aluminum
Damn Chair in Laser Cut Aluminum (Model acquired by the Museum of Art and Design)
Jord Armchair in Oak