Inspired by African Architecture


The Kassena Town collection is a tribute to the fascinating architectural structures created by the Kassena people in West Africa.

Husband-and-wife design team Katy Taplin and Adriaan Hugo of Dokter and Misses who have just launched an exciting new range, view designer collection as a village in itself. “It is our dream village with all the complexities of a community. A town always needs a few homes, a place of worship, a liquor store and at least one guy with a fast car who thinks he’s king.”

For Dokter and Misses, these pieces represent “the tension between sculptural and functional form,” says Katy. “As with a lot of our work, it’s about the interplay between two and three dimensions.”

The collection is currently on its way to renowned New York design gallery, R & Company for the Grains of Paradise exhibition, in collaboration with Southern Guild.

Porky Hefer’s nests, ceramics from Ardmore and seating from Senegalese designer Babacar Niang will also be showcased. The exhibition runs from 24 March until 30 April at 82 Franklin Street, New York, 10013.

The Kassena Town range is made up of “Home” (a new take on the original Dokter and Misses server), “Horseman” (a multifunctional chair and bench), the towering “Watchtower” cabinet, and “Sleep” (a drinks cabinet come uplight). For more information about the collection, visit

Courtesey Visi magazine & Image credit: VATIC


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