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Corporate Offices, Gaborone Botswana 2013

Mabeo has provided furniture and accessories for the executive wing of a large new corporate office building located very close to the Mabeo factory, in Gaborone, Botswana.

While this projects has been an opportunity for Mabeo and for its craftsmen and women, the projects is also representative of a new possible approach to contemporary complexities that exist – between Africa and global corporations, between international trade and local communities, first world production and hand craftsmanship, international design and design of place – all expressed at the level of the artisan.

The project is a new local direction for Mabeo and heralds not only new project opportunities, but also demonstrates a new kind of engagement between an international corporate giant and African artisans. An engagement that carries a strong message without compromising on quality, efficiency and beauty. A combination of iconic international design pieces from international brands (Flos, Fritz Hansen, Moroso, Vitra), iconic pieces from Mabeo, as well as works from local craft groups have been used for the project.