Dabacali is a word in nouchi, a form of slang that appeared in Côte d'Ivoire in the 1980s and is spoken in West Africa. The action of Dabacali is to share an abundant, heavy meal with friends in a festive atmosphere; a true feast in a way. The shape of the Dabacali table echoes the many water towers found in Ouagadougou. The management of water resources and its distribution are a major issue for Burkina Faso.
Inspired by the shapes of customary and traditional objects from the West African cultural heritage, Maison Intègre creates original, imaginative designs. By revisiting the region’s traditional crafts and inviting designers and artists in the likes of François Champsaur to partake into a creative adventure, the ancestral know-how of bronze casting takes on a new life. Ambre spends most of her time in Burkina Faso as her relentless hands-on approach is crucial to the design and production of each piece. Her strong commitment to local artisanship, combined with an array of unique collaborations, is at the core of creating bronze objects that are utterly contemporary, yet exquisitely traditional.