Iklwa is designed by rising talent Mac Collins, in what is the designer’s first ever consumer collection. Together with Benchmark, Collins has created a collection that fuses his African-Caribbean roots with British craft. The Iklwa family is derived from Collins’ original Indigo-blue Iklwa Chair which earned him the title of winner of the inaugural Cræftiga Awards in 2018.
Mac’s composition of powerful, spear-like forms is in tune with the ideas of Afrocentrism and Afrofuturism. Much like a throne, the visually intense high back of the Iklwa Lounge Chair is intended to frame, enhance, and empower those who sit in it.
‘The opportunity to support a young designer has been paramount to Benchmark since it was founded. A personal passion of mine, it was wonderful to be able to support Mac in crafting this piece for a wider audience whilst also allowing him to explore his creative freedom in terms of the collection influence and his African-Caribbean roots.’