Who am I? Where did I come from? And where am I going?

These kind of existential questions belly the root of all philosophical thinking. The answer to each one however is not always simple and is unique to every individual who must arrive at his answer through deep reflection and profound thought.

William Thackeray, a noted literay and intellectual of his time wrote of the smoking pipe, “the pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the philosopher and shuts up the mouth of the foolish, it generates a style of conversation, contemplative, thoughtful, benevolent and unaffected.”

Even Albert Einstein resonated the thought saying “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs”.

What both were implying was the pipe man is the reflective and thinking man. There is no doubt in my mind that the general consensus would agree with this imagery and when we conjure up the image of a smoking pipe, your mind is instantly flooded with images of a scholar in his 50’s brooding in his study, contemplating the complexities of existentiality, drawing on wisdom from his pipe, Sherlock holmes, or grandfather.

The question as to whether this imagery is factual and if sucking on a smoking pipe implies the user to be a rugged man of idyllic epoch is unimportant. At least not to Morountodun Obaigbo, the new age African contemporary aesthetic product designer who is set to launch her creative design platform with an exhibition and a website launch.

As one interested in collective creations, Morountodun invites other artists working in different medium of fine art and alternative contemporary art and design to explore the subject – The Philosopher’s Muse –  together in an exhibition set to open in the first quarter of 2016. Works will be selected based on their relevance to the above exposition, but solely their interpretation and understanding of what is or who is the philosopher’s muse.

Her personal project (already designed and created) explores the art of pipe making, using materials such as brass, gold, briar wood and acrylic.

After studying the aesthetic of smoking pipes at the popular Jakande market, she began to consider the endless possibilities in making one. This is surprising to her as she is against smoking but now fascinated by the making of these pipes, designs she considers an intriguing art form. Her smoking pipe collection is designed with contemporary African motif and with a stunning visual appeal. She believes there is a gentle charisma associated with a pipe smoker and there is little difference in tobacco use and marijuana use as it relates to the smoking pipe. The smoking pipe is multifunctional and transcends beyond recreational drug use to a personal accessory which for both the connoisseur and the beginner might be a reflection of the eclectic tastes of the owner.

To be part of the open art exhibition contact Morountodun and her team on [email protected] or follow @by.morountoduno on Twitter and Facebook. Look out for more information on the exhibition and launch of her website on The Sole Adventurer in January.