If you haven’t been inside a Porky Hefer nest, you are missing out. Recently they have been popping up everywhere
Hefer spent 16 years in advertising, during which time he worked as a Creative Director in Cape Town and New York agencies, and became one of South Africa’s most awardedcreatives. Realizing that the higher he climbed, the less he personally created, in 2007 he left advertising to start up a creative consultancy, Animal Farm. Four years later he founded Porky Hefer Design. Hefer focuseson conceptual precepts, which manifest in three dimensional forms in a variety of executions, from public sculpture to product and furniture design. Intrigued by the reactions and energy a piece can generate,he embraces Africa and the skills that are readily available indigenously, rather than trying to emulate foreign processes. Hefersees beauty in the functional, the ordinary and discarded.
He regularly challenges our relationships with everyday objects, inspiring us to look again.
The now infamous nests were first designed For Southern Guild 2009 collection.
Nests are copying the genius of the Weaver Birds. The result is a human nest to be used outside hung in a tree or inside. It is an attempt at bio mimicry but my skills are no match for the delicate touch of a master. I have explored different materials from Port Jackson alien vegetation to Kubu cane to waste materials, looking for the most sustainable and effective solution. I collaborate with experts in the various weaving techniques to achieve what I dream. Sizes vary and nests can be ordered to suit your needs. They can accommodate from 1 to 4 people.
His solo exhibition opened at the Southernguild Galllery in Woodstock on 20 Nov and is running till Feb 2016. Titled, Monstera Deliciosa
"Sponsored byWoodhead’s leather merchants, the monumental show will highlight a new selection of the designer’s fantastical cane- leather-enrobed underwater animal-inspired hanging nest seats, transforming the double-volume space into a magnificent faux waterscape. From a crocodile donning avocado leather, to a puffer fish woven with Booboo Cane, these creatures will welcome gallery visitors on an intriguing journey of discovery."
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Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
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