Kossi Aguessy was a visionary designer and artist of African Brazilian and Togolese Yoruba heritage. Born in Togo and raised in the US Aguessy lived in Paris, New York and London where he based his design practices. The experiences from tis multi-cultural background greatly influenced his work, which seamlessly crossed creative disciplines and cultures, evident not only in his commercial work but also in his art: paintings and aluminium sculptures that included reimagining’s of traditional African masks and figurines to futuristic archeologic style depictions of modern life.
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Describing himself as “a child of Africa, who pays no attention to the boundaries being then the son of a global education with deep multicultural roots”. He often referenced Africa’s rich cultural heritage combined with the precision and perfection of a futuristic outlook. Throughout his professional career Aguessy was a highly sought after designer designing products for the likes of Coca Cola, Swarovski, Yves Saint-Laurent and Cartier to name a few, with his his most recognisable design being perhaps that of the award-winning Stella by Stella McCartney perfume bottle. Aguessy was also an active supporter of African design working, with a number of organisations and brands. Notable projects included designing a monument celebrating the 50th anniversary of the independence of Togo. His work also appeared in a number of major exhibitions including Making Africa, Vitra Design Museum and Global Africa, Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
“Ultimate design is not a concept but life”- Kossi Aguessy
[Kossi Aguessy monument celebrating the 50th anniversary of the independence of Togo]
[Previous Known as Love, 2016, matte white coated polished aluminium – Kossi Aguessy]
Kossi Aguessy died on 17th April 2017 on what was his 40th birthday, and the passing of a creative soul like Kossi Aguessy, who leaves behind a body of work to inspire future generations is for us a reminder of why we do what we do in celebrate Africa’s creative talent in the present but also not to forget the legacies they leave behind by helping to preserve them for future generations to reference.
– Tapiwa Matsinde
[Image credit: The images shown belong to Kossi Aguessy. If downloaded and used elsewhere please reference accordingly.]