‘Practically Everywhere’ is a show inspired by the creative disorder and decay of urban ecosystems. As part of this year’s Southern Guild program, Dokter and Misses‘ new collection of cabinets turn traditional furniture inside out and decorate them with dysfunctional clutter… to overwhelm the viewer while exploring themes of over-saturation, disruption and unconscious actions and reactions.
Inspired by Tramp Art and the notion of needing to be busy, Practically Everywhere aims to communicate the feeling of being in an environment rather than the actual environment itself.
Ever responsive to their local surroundings and Joburg’s inner city, Hugo and Taplin conceived of this collection as an abstracted study of the urban ecosystem as it adapts to and is overtaken by natural forces. Where others might see decay and ruin, the designers explore the evolving beauty as nature reclaims the city.
Hugo and Taplin founded Dokter and Misses, a multi-disciplinary product design company, in 2007. Their respective industrial and graphic design skills combine to create work described as “modernist, where strong construction lines and a bold use of colour create graphic shapes and spaces.”
Their innovative designs – including both limited-edition and production furniture, lighting and interior objects – have captured the attention of interior design enthusiasts across the world and defined an original aesthetic that is distinctly modern and African.
Dokter and Misses’ editioned work has been shown at Design Days Dubai, Design Miami/ Basel, Design Miami/The Salon Art and Design and Collective (both in New York), and as part of the Graphic Africa exhibition at Platform Gallery in London and Grains of Paradise at R & Company in New York.
They have exhibited at major museums such as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and VITRA Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and have been featured in Wallpaper*, Dwell and The New York Times. The couple won the Icon Award at the Southern Guild Design Foundation Awards 2015/2016, and participated in the ground-breaking programme Design Network Africa (2012-2014).