Bôhten’s mission is to develop a compost management initiative that reuses environmental reclaimed material (barley, wheat, straw, stone) to design our contemporary eyeglasses. We are the representation not yet recognized that seeks to pay homage to a love of fashion without the loss of social responsibility. Join us on our quest as we seek to change the face of Africa with a vision that advocates education, employment both social and environmental awareness for the underprivileged. This is a journey that will be nothing short of historic.
The Smati Turtle 1 is an “African concept car” created by Dutch artist/researcher team Melle Smets and Joost van Onna, who worked with the artisinal car-makers of Suame Magazine, Ghana, to create a killer junker for the African market. Suame Magazine is a neighborhood full of people who take apart scrap cars and rebuild them for local markets, removing the difficult-to-maintain electronics, expanding the cargo areas. The Turtle 1 took three months to create, and had its test-drive inaugurated by the Ashanti king.
Hamed Ouattara (Burkina Faso) says that he is “always working to bring out a design that reflects the realities of Africa”. He uses all different materials in his furniture. Reacting to the fact that there are too many imports of poor quality, and to the loss of traditional carved furniture, he is making modern furniture that reflects modern culture.
His furniture is made from salvaged metal sheets and frames made up with metal welding. They have a rugged and rough feel, very hip and modern at the same time.