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Louis Henri

The Shongololo Bench, 2015

Louis Henri


Louis Henri Bührmann, the discerning London-based interior designer, was inspired by centipedes and millipedes when he designed The Shongololo. In Africa these creepy crawlies are affectionately referred to as shongololos (meaning ‘to roll up’).

The bench was handcrafted by his brother Balthaser in his Johannesburg studio.

It was manufactured using a cold curing process where thin layers of walnut veneer sheets were moulded into a custom made mould. The bench was then upholstered in London, using eelskin panels and accented with small silver studs. With 56 hand-turned walnut legs and acrylic foot detailing, the design truly feels alive. The shadows created by the interplay of the silhouette's positive and negative space enable the piece to really connect with its environment and viewers.

Many of Louis’ designs have a playful quality, and The Shongololo is no exception. Emphasis of proportion, movement and a little bit of creepiness is what makes this truly unique piece stand out.

Artwork specifications

  • Bench made from walnut, acrylic and eelskin
  • Length 230cm x width 48cm x height 81cm
  • Seat height 46cm
  • Edition number 4 of 8

Guide price: £6,000
Donated by:Louis Henri Bührmann
Twitter: @Louishenrii

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