Meet The 7 Lagos-Based Talents Leading Charge in Next-Wave Design

Meet The 7 Lagos-Based Talents Leading Charge in Next-Wave Design

Moyo Ogunseinde with some of her designs on the terrace of the Radisson Blu Anchorage

Moyo Ogunseinde with some of her designs on the terrace of the Radisson Blu Anchorage Resort, the place her store is found.Photo: Yagazie Emezi

Moyo Ogunseinde

This multihyphenate expertise has built her model, Àga Culture, on 5 Yoruba ideas: ayo (joy), ife (like), inurere (kindness), alaafia (peace), and okan bale (calmness). “Our objective is to celebrate Africa—past, existing, and future,” she suggests. “You must come to feel these values in all that we build.” Ogunseinde, who also operates as an architect and serious estate developer, launched Àga in 2017 as a platform for layout. Latest highlights contain Oko seats, influenced by farming hoes, and exuberant Mmanwu lounge chairs, homages to Igbo masquerade costumes manufactured from handwoven asoke fabric. The is effective, all manufactured by artisans across Nigeria, fill Àga’s Victoria Island boutique in the Radisson Blu Anchorage Resort. (She’s pictured with examples on the hotel’s terrace.) Nigeria’s prosperous record and this city’s frenetic dynamism go on to tell all of her get the job done. “There is a cultural energy in Lagos that you just can’t uncover wherever else.” agaculture.com

Patrick Koshoni at Miliki. Picture: Yagazie Emezi

Patrick Koshoni

When Koshoni converted his family’s Victoria Island compound into the beloved members’ lounge Mìlíkì (Yoruba slang for “milk”) in 2013, he didn’t be expecting it to develop into the epicenter of the city’s artistic cognoscenti. “I just preferred to provide like-minded persons with a respite from the daily Lagos hustle, an oasis where folks could genuinely chill and catch their psychological breath,” says Koshoni (pictured above at the vivid hangout). He succeeded. Anything at the lounge, from its classic posters to its hand-carved Malian doorways, was commissioned, established, or painstakingly handpicked by Koshoni, a self-taught architect and interior designer who has consulted on eating places, vogue boutiques, and galleries. In advance of opening Mìlíkì, he ran an African-arts-and-crafts shop in London, followed by a modern day-furnishings store in Lagos. It is challenging get the job done, but straightforward roads are “seldom truly worth it,” Koshoni states ahead of quoting Nigerian author Chinua Achebe: “Being a Nigerian is abysmally frustrating and unbelievably fascinating.” miliki.ng