South African artist Porky Hefer is featured in Wallpaper* magazine’s February 2022 issue, with his collection Plastocene – Marine Mutants From a Disposable World being named ‘Best Cautionary Tale’ in the magazine’s Design Awards.
Hefer’s large-scale installation of dystopian sea creatures comprises five handmade seating environments based on sea monsters from an imaginary future Hefer calls the ‘Plastocene’, including a giant octopus constructed from thousands of hand-felted cigarette butts.
Commissioned by Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and co-produced by Southern Guild, Plastocene made its world premiere as part of the NGV Triennial from December 2020 to April 2021.
The Wallpaper* Design Awards celebrate the very best in global design over the past 12 months. This year’s winners include Tom Dixon, Kéré Architecture, Cartier, Hussein Chalayan and Hauser & Wirth Menorca.
Hefer’s accolade also brings recognition to the more than 80 crafters from South African studios, who helped realise the work: Ronel Jordaan Textiles, Streetwires, Mielie, Wolf & Maiden Creative Studio, M Clothing and Leon at CXIXX.