Lambert Shumbusho is a designer/artist who transforms pieces of discarded, damaged and found hardwoods into functional works of art. Having cultivated a modern organic design style Lambert lets the unique characteristic of the wood dictate what it will become, working with the splits, holes, cracks, and natural textures to reveal the inner beauty of each piece.
A Harvard-trained petroleum lawyer Lambert’s interest in design began when work brought him to the Niger Delta. Seeing the damage crude deforestation practices were having on the natural environment Lambert felt moved to do something about it. It was in seeing driftwood and hollowed out, burnt trees that Lambert saw the potential to give them a new lease of life by transforming them into something beautiful and functional.
Self-taught and the founder of Shumbusho Design Lambert favours the Iroko Tree hardwood which is found along the riverbanks and swamps of West Africa. He hand carves each piece turning fallen tree trunks, intertwining roots, branches of hardwood, and weathered railway sleepers Into table stands, tabletops, and benches amongst other intriguing creations.
In working with reclaimed pieces of wood Lambert seeks to celebrate Africa’s creativity, as well as highlight the need to look after the continent’s diminishing resources.
For further information about Shumbusho Design visit: http://shumbushodesign.com/
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