Drawing from countless submissions, innumerable visits to fairs and galleries, and—yes—Instagram, we bring together two dozen of the most promising creatives and duos, 35 and younger, who are testing the limits of art and design.

Marlo Kara and Isaure Bouyssonie

Location: Tunis, Tunisia | Instagram: @marloisaure

Marlo & Isaure’s handmade, cone-shaped Kheops paperweights come in five shades of Tunisian marble.

Franco-Tunisian Isaure Bouyssonie, 30, and Swiss-Greek Marlo Kara, 28, settled near Tunis after graduating from ECAL to be closer to the craftspeople who manufacture much of their work. Their studio, Marlo & Isaure, has gained success for both their own Mediterranean inflected designs and those of a growing number of international talents whose work they also produce. “We are the link between designers and manufacturers,” Bouyssonie says. Beyond their own creations, they’re currently collaborating on an armchair with Tunisian designer Ashref Chichini and a series of cushions by Swiss graphic and tattoo studio Happypets. —Dora Vanette


Kusheda Mensah

Location: London, England | Instagram: @modularbymensah



Kusheda Mensah’s configurable seating collection, Mutual, features 20 abstract upholstered shapes designed to foster social interaction.

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. “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. Mensah, 27, holds a degree in surface design from University of the Arts, London, and works both independently and collaboratively from her studio in East London. —Tiffany Orvet

See the Q&A and video with Kusheda Mensah


Sara Jaafar

Location: Beirut, Lebanon | Instagram: @1millimetre

The copper cube-shaped Tilt candleholder by Sara Jaafar appears to balance on a corner.

See the full story on Dwell.com: Meet the Dwell 24: Two Dozen Up-and-Coming Designers to Watch in 2018

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