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Tosin Oshinowo, PET lamp, Asim Waqif

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22 August 2023

Episode 619

30 minutes


Photo: Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

Tosin Oshinowo shares how she scaled her architectural firm and product designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón celebrates 10 years of the PET lamp. Plus, artist Asim Waqif discusses his ongoing collaborative approach to working with fabricators. 

22 August 2023

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Chapter 1

14 minutes


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Chapter 1

Tosin Oshinowo

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The Nigerian architect founded her Lagos-based practice, CM Design Atelier, in 2012. Now one of the leading architects in west Africa, she has worked as co-curator of the Lagos Biennial and will oversee the Sharjah Architecture Triennial later this year.

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Chapter 2

5 minutes


Photo: Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

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As part of an ongoing project, designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón produces handmade lampshades. Created from PET plastic bottles that are laced together by artisans into traditional basket shapes, these structures showcase various weaving techniques from different corners of the world. The project is now in its tenth year, with weavers from Ethiopia, Ghana, Chile, Thailand and Japan.

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Chapter 3

10 minutes


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Asim Waqif

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The Delhi-based artist’s latest sculptural installation, ‘Venu’ is on show at London’s Hayward Gallery. We discuss Asim’s collaborative approach to construction and continued use of bamboo as a material.

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