People of the Sun Malawi – Storage & Stools
Storage and Stools is a collection of baskets, trays and stools that were designed and developed to be hand-produced by the Mango Club, a group of artisans that weave baskets in a farmer community for People of the Sun in Malawi.
With their weaving the Mango Club keeps the indigenous crafts alive that have been part of their local culture for centuries. The collection consists of two types of baskets: 30 cm high and 50 cm high and one lid that fits both. They can be used as washing baskets but also as tray tables with storage. The triangular stools are stackable and can also be used as a side table. They are supported by a simple wooden construction that matches the local woodworking methods.
People of the Sun is an award-winning social enterprise, helping low-income artisans in Malawi to build sustainable businesses while preserving their centuries-old cultural heritage. People of the Sun teaches groups the basics of running a business, works with them to develop bespoke designs and connects them with customers around the world. People of the Sun also provides artisans with interest-free loans to invest in equipment and materials in order to grow their enterprises.
The collaboration with Ineke Hans tells a story about design, making, tradition and modern living. Her design is inspired by local skills. In turn, local craftsmanship is challenged and can survive. Design is no longer just a question of functionality but transcends into a tool that empowers local artisans and keeps indigenous skills alive.