Kim Mupangilaï is a Belgium-born, New York-based interior architect and designer. Mupangilaï blends her European and African roots to bring a unique perspective and insight to her work that encourages fresh discourse within design and beyond. She received her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design and her Master’s in Interior Architecture at the LUCA School of Arts/KU Leuven in Belgium. Since then, Mupangilaï has completed numerous residential and commercial interior projects. In 2022, Mupangilaï debuted her furniture work with Superhouse at Design Miami/ to broad acclaim. She has been featured in Architectural Digest, Artnet, De Morgen, Dezeen, Financial Times, Galerie, Interior Design, Sight Unseen, Surface, The New York Times, and Milk Decoration, for which she received the cover. Mupangilaï lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Exhibited at Design Miami/ 2023 Kim Mupangilai's sculptural chair Bina, is a cross-cultural self-portrait. The form and gesture of the Belgian's designer's work echo the graceful curves of a dancing body, perhaps one moving to a Congolese rhythm ("bina" means dance in her father's language). The three materials used in the work represent Mupangilai's father's home country and have been used as a way for the designer to connect with her heritage. The teak and stone refer to the Democratic Republic of Congo's rich natural resources, while the rattan, a more common material, can be found in everyday furniture and cooking utensils.
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