Jean Servais Somian studied between Côte d’Ivoire and Switzerland,at the Georges Ghandour carpentry and woodworking workshop in Abidjan,then at the Grand-Bassam craft workshop and finally at the Daniel Beckdesign agency in Lausanne. After many years between Africa andEurope, his creations are mixed and inspirated from his experiences. Produced in very small series and endowed with a strong personality, his pieces, which are sometimes at the limit of sculpture, remain nevertheless functional and utilitarian.
Its contemporary design carries with it a part of ancestral influence. One of its caracteristics lies in the choice of raw materials such as coconut,ebony or amazaque wood but also some upcycled objects of the Africandaily life revisited such as sponge or ancient canoes of fishermen…This is how design products and furrnitures with clean lines arecreated.
His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in Africa, Europe, the United States and Latin America. In 2018, he created his design studio in Grand-Bassam.