Zanzibar Junior
Zanzibar Junior
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Zanzibar Junior

Emmanuel Babled
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Currently available under an early bird offer on Indiegogo.
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The full Mziwa series will be available on Prime Matter soon.


• Chair materials: Wood, untreated leather and canvas fabric
• Pillow materials: Canvas fabric and natural cotton silk filling
• Dimensions: 37 x 37 x 50 cm / 14.6 x 14.6 x 19.7"
• Weight: 3 kg / 6.6 lb


Available from April 2022


The signature piece of furniture on Zanzibar island, in Tanzania, is a simple wooden chair made solely from locally sourced materials, which do not require any form of transformation nor any use of chemicals.

An entirely ecological product. 

Local craftsmen have made the tried and tested chair in the same way for generations. Emmanuel Babled has embarked upon a playful experiment with Jisamwe, a collective of Zanzibarian artisans, and over several weeks of research and collaboration, they came up with 3 alternative models of this chair; ‘Ziwa’ (the dining chair), ‘Zanzibar’ (the arm chair) and ‘Maasai’ (the lounge chair), with Junior versions of each model.

The chair comes from nature in its entirety, so as such it does not require any process of recycling. It is made from Mziwa (tree of the lake) wood, a material which is light and flexible, and naturally repels woodlice. 

It is the collective’s main source of income and therefore a symbol of their livelihood. 

This project is open source and available to whoever wants to make it.