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SITECREATIVE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE GREG PREMRU PHOTOGRAPHY of the Comaroffs’ African bowls and artwork. “We like the mix of raw and refined,”
says Plumb, who chose materials based on
what would be displayed here. “That counterpoint makes them both more beautiful.
It’s Modern, but it’s a home, not a gallery.”
This thinking is in line with the Comaroffs’ own worldview. The tension between
old and new and rough and polished reflects
their experiences as anthropologists constantly straddling metropolitan cities and
academia and their studies in the field,
mostly in South Africa. “We’re used to a
world of eclecticism and cultural paradoxes
that play together,” says John.
“We are products of Victorian colonialism — kitschy, cluttered spaces,” adds
Jean. “But much of the African cultural
aesthetic is plain and simple. In that way,