Counting Travis Scott and Matthew Williams among his confidants, 24-year-old Dozie Kanu can’t help but grin at his own rise as streetwear’s answer to furniture design. The Houston native effortlessly floats between design, hip-hop, and fashion's various microcosms. At home in the post-Tumblr world of design, Kanu is driven by a predilection for subverting norms, an insatiable urge to create, and a love of melding street culture with design sensibilities.
His furniture is sculptural but functional. By his hand, a black marble cube turns into a table on industrial wheels. Foam and metal are melded into a grunge-glam chaise. For his Chair [ i ], 2016, Kanu remixes the classic diner chair into Klein blue and polished steel. Making mostly prototypes for now, Kanu is working within his means with one eye cast to his undeniably hype future.
Just before heading to London, Kanu stepped before photographer Joshua Aronson's lens in Tokyo. Then, again, in Manhattan. Their trans-Pacific conversation spans cinema, rejecting black American stereotypes, and the life-altering potential of contemporary design.