Deeply connected to and inspired by the Delta, the interiors of Xigera will be sensitively designed to echo the natural world surrounding the camp and, even more intrinsically, the heritage of the land as far back as prehistoric times.
Xigera will be a 'living gallery' of bespoke works commissioned exclusively by Africa's most exciting young artists and craftspeople, including Adam Birch, Madoda Fani, Porky Hefer, Otto du Plessis, Stanislaw Trzebinski and many more. The Xigera Design collection will subtly and luxuriously meld with the lodge’s architectural immersion into the Delta. Ground-breaking in its scope and vision, it will be the first design project of this scale on the continent - conceptualised by Toni Tollman, Philip Fourie and Anton de Kock, who have collaborated with award-winning gallery Southern Guild.
The bespoke assemblage of pieces will take 18 months to produce, with each item hand-made by the most globally recognised design names from Africa. All of the furniture throughout each space will be unique and collectible, rich with narrative and site-specific relevance.
Quietly surprising touches will be everywhere; from human-sized woven nests by renowned South African artist Porky Hefer resting on decks for guests to nestle in. The pièce de résistance will be a totemic firepit sculpture by blacksmith artist Conrad Hicks, holding the fire as a boma centrepiece and offering a contemporary take on the traditional boma setting. Within the lounge, the fireplace will be made out of hand-beaten copper in the form of a lily – a recurring motif which represents Xigera. Adam Birch will spend months on site hand-carving benches and chairs that will twist and fold and gently hold the sitter.
Guests will feel utterly connected and at one with their surroundings and the spirit of Africa.