Jomo is an Ethiopian American artist and industrial designer who develops African themed furniture. As a young boy growing up in Ethiopia, he was always drawn to the eclectic art, souvenirs, and furniture pieces his father collected during his travel throughout Africa and beyond. That combined with spending two summer breaks at a local furniture builder in Addis Ababa, catapulted his interest in furniture making and design.
Jomo graduated from The University of Kansas with a degree in Industrial Design. In 1993, as part of his graduation requirement, he defended his thesis by designing a full line of African furniture concluding that the market needed an alternative to popular and established furniture styles. Ever since then Jomo has been designing his own unique furniture based on African hand-carvings, traditional stools and chairs, historical structures, indigenous dresses and hair styles, body art and scarification and other inspirational items from all the diverse cultures of Africa.
Jomo's work has been shown at Downtown Design Dubai 2016; Venice Design 2017 in Venice, Italy; at Africa by Design in Accra, Ghana; and at International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF 2017) and will be part of London Design Festival 2017 and Dubai Downtown Design 2017 this coming fall. My work has also been featured in various magazines and design blogs.
Jomo also collaborates with other independent artist and designers like Adiskidan "Adis" Ambaye who has her own unique interpretation of contemporary African furniture design