Ethiopian American artist and industrial designer Jomo Tariku is defining a new design language of modern 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 travels throughout Africa and beyond. Jomo developed craftsman skills while spending two summer breaks at a local furniture builder in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He went on to study Industrial Design at the University of Kansas, U.S.A and completed his college thesis on Contemporary African Furniture. Jomo’s furniture includes a wide variety of artistic designs that synthesizes his own experience of the continents diverse culture, historical structures, architecture, traditional furniture, colors, artifacts, landscapes, wildlife, hair styles ...
Jomo's work has been published (Click here for list) and shown globally and his Watatu Series stools as well as the Nyala Chair and Mukecha Stool were used as part of the set design for Marvel's Black Panther, Wakanda Forever movie.