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Jean-Servais Somian

Born in Côte d'Ivoire in 1971, Jean-Servais joined the Georges GHANDOUR training center for carpentry and cabinetmaking after his secondary studies and continued his training at the Artisanal Center of Grand-Bassam in Côte d'Ivoire. He then joined the design and design agency Daniel BECK in Lausanne for a training in furniture design and layout.

His creations are the result of intersections of Western and African influences: furniture, objects and sculptures, realized in his studio of Grand-Bassam, combine traditional Ivorian art with the history of the cabinetmaking and respond to various influences, elegantly joining a concern for functionality with the purity of the lines. His contemporary vision and research work gives meaning to his creations, a strong signature added to the function.

Produced in very small series and endowed with a strong personality, his pieces which are sometimes close to sculpture, are nevertheless functional and utilitarian. Each piece imposes itself by the sobriety of its form. Striking furniture made of iroko or ebony wood, associated with wrought iron or leather according to its inspiration. But coconut wood remains his favorite material and offers him a material of various components.

Winner of the Prix Archibat Design 2013, Jean-Servais has a long list of exhibitions behind him. His works are present in numerous galleries and private collections and are presented at fairs, biennales and various international exhibitions in Africa, Europe and the United States.

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