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 travel throughout Africa and beyond. Jomo developed craftsman skills while spending his 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 include a wide variety of artistic designs that synthesis his own experience of the continents diverse culture, historical structures, architecture, traditional furniture, colors, artifacts, landscapes, wildlife and hair styles.
Jomo's work has been shown at Downtown Design Dubai 2016; Venice Design 2017 in Venice, Italy; Africa by Design in Accra, Ghana; International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF 2017) and will be part of Salone del Mobile's curated show at Salone Satellite titled Africa/Latin America: Rising Design – Design Emergente in April 2018. His work has also been featured in various magazines and design blogs.