SWAY is to move from side to side, to sway between research and design, to sway between the facts of the past and to become the future. Sway is about power, about influence, about guidance. Sway is to refresh and replenish, a renewed opportunity. Sway is neither here nor there; sway is in between the philosopher, the scientist, and the craftsman. Sway is the internode, the space where magic occurs, the space so often overlooked. Sway is the depth.

Studio Sway is a design studio with a strong focus on research through design. Although managed solely by its founder Shaakira Jassat Kara, the nature of the work at Sway is such that it may call on experts from respective fields when necessary, depending on the design brief, thus making it multidisciplinary. Shaakira regards herself as a design researcher and activist. She uses the tools design is able to offer her to express her passion for the way the world functions and how we all behave in it. She believes that design should function as a form of social engagement and that it is up to designers to alter the status quo.

Born in South Africa, Shaakira secured a B.Sc. in Interior Architecture at the University of Pretoria, and later moved abroad to further studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. She now lives and works in the Netherlands.

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