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Baay Xaaly Sene [Senegal]

Architectural Digest - Baay Xaaly Sene Chair

[Image credit: Moscow apartment of Russian designer, Dmitry Velikovsky showing 
Baay Xaaly Sene Armchair – Architectural Digest]

Cutting, hammering and soldering discarded metals such as train tracks, barrels, and wheels, and turning them into elegant, stylish, collectable objects was the trademark of Senegalese artist and furniture designer Baay Xaaly Sene. The designer, who died in October 2004, left behind a body of work that is sought after by discerning collectors for its pops of bright colours and contemporary classic forms that combine art and functionality.

Baay Xaaly Sene - Shell Chair
Baay Xaaly Sene - Table
Baay Xaaly Sene - Chair

[Images sourced via: Baay Xaaly Sene – top, The Blog Deco
centre, Misssakia; bottom, MamaWax]

Baay Xaaly’s father founded, the Technical Professional and Manual Training Centre in Rufisque, Senegal. The Centre was a vocational training school, where Baay Xaaly himself trained and later taught. Baay Xaaly undertook further training at the Universite Technique de Twente, Holland, and during his career had the opportunity to exhibit his work internationally. Notable achievements included collaborating with the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy and the Art and Design University in Helsinki, and an artistic residency at the Atelier Metal, at the Beaux-Art des Paris.

Baay Xaaly Sene - Bench

[Image sourced via: Baay Xaaly Sene – 1stDibs]

Left a large warehouse by his father and following in his footsteps, Baay Xaaly founded a vocational training centre in Rufisque, which taught industrial design skills to over a hundred young people aged between 12-18 years. The centre was entirely funded by the sales of the work produced. Following his death, Baay Xaaly’s brother has since restarted the workshop and is carrying on Baay Xaaly Sene’s work.

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