I finally decided to make my post on Cheik Diallo . I know you all might know him by now but one more time is always a blast . I personally beleive that he deserves a l ot more praise than he is getting . Below is a brief bio about him from Egodesign.ca
Cheick Diallo is a Malian designer born in Mali. He studied architecture in France at the - Ecole d'Architecture de Normandie - (School of Architecture of Normandie). He discovers design while studying there and decides to enrol on the furniture design course from 1992 to 1994 at the 'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle' (National School of Industrial Design)- ENSCI, Paris.
Before his graduation in 1993, he wins a competition organised by the Museum of Applied Arts (or decorative arts) of Paris, thanks to his chair "Rivale" and his standard lamp "Ifen".
Since, he has worked with numerous French architecture agencies whilst continuing his researches and design work. His work is exhibited in France, United-States, South Africa as well as many other countries on a regular basis. Cheick Diallo is the founder of the "Association des designers africains" (Association of African Designers).