Large abstract forms zigzag, curve, and tumble in captivating shades of ochre, ivory, and powder blue, like oversized building blocks, in Kusheda Mensah’s debut furniture collection.

Mutual, released this year, is a 20-piece set of modular upholstered seating that invites playful experimentation and promotes interpersonal connection. This is what the Ghanian-British designer hopes all her work will inspire. Mensah, 27, holds a degree in surface design from the University of the Arts, London, and works both independently and collaboratively from her studio in East London. 

We asked the breakout designer about who inspires her, her most treasured possession, and what daily rituals get her in the zone. Read the answers below.

"I want my pieces to encourage human relationships and socialization,

“I want my pieces to encourage human relationships and socialization,” says Mensah, who is troubled by the rifts social media has caused in how we bond. 

Photo Courtesy of Kusheda Mensah

Hometown: London, United Kingdom

Current location: Peckham, South East London, United Kingdom

Something you always carry with you: My Aesop Resurrection hand cream.

First childhood memory related to design: First ceramic pot I made and painted.

Mensah describes the pieces as "The first collection of furniture exploring, face-to-face interaction between people and its deterioration. Inspired by sustaining this idea of mutuality, the collection uses abstract tactical shaped furniture, to encourage others to configure their own social spaces, with the ambition of changing this narrative."

Mensah describes the pieces as “the first collection of furniture exploring face-to-face interaction between people and its deterioration.”

Photo Courtesy of Modular by Mensah

Daily ritual to get into a creative space: Putting on Bossa Nova, I dunno why but it just gets me in the zone. 

Musical artist or album that inspires you: Cleo—Charlotte Dos Santos. 

Person you most admire: My mother—maybe basic and cliché but true, she’s sacrificed everything so I can have a better life.

The signature collection is inspired by "sustaining [the] idea of mutuality, the collection uses abstract tactical shaped furniture, to encourage others to configure their own social spaces, with the ambition of changing this narrative."

The signature collection is inspired by “sustaining [the] idea of mutuality, the collection uses abstract tactical shaped furniture, to encourage others to configure their own social spaces, with the ambition of changing this narrative.”

Photo Courtesy of Modular by Mensah

See the full story on Dwell.com: Dwell 24: Kusheda Mensah

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