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Design Aficionado, Tinuke Odunfa of The 4th Place Company takes you on a Journey through the Fast Paced & Exciting World of Lagos Interior Design



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is the Founder and Creative Director of The 4th Place Company, an award-winning design boutique. In this segment, she will showcase one of her company’s projects by taking viewers through the redesign of the offices of Paga, one of Nigeria’s most successful technology companies.

The project , which spanned 2 months, involved an intricate process from initial concept, to final design. Given the heavy duty work being done, including architecture and other construction, this project is not your every day decoration project. In fact, if you give her the chance, Tinuke (who holds a Masters in Interior Design from the prestigious George Washington University in DC) will painstakingly explain the difference between the processes involved in true interior design versus its simpler cousin, interior decoration.

Interior design involves significantly more complexities and is the understanding of human behavior in order to craft useful, but also visually appealing spaces. Decoration on the other hand involves furnishing or adornment of already existing spaces. Therefore, interior designers may decorate, but decorators never design.

The interior design industry in Nigeria has come a long way from many years ago when nobody had an idea what a career in it could possibly entail. Now people are starting to see the benefits of hiring an interior designer; especially for commercial and retail spaces. These clients, who have a strong need to appropriately represent their brand to clients and customers now see the importance of consulting an interior designer as early as when the plans for the project is being laid out. Properly trained interior designers are also experts in safety and have been taught to adhere to building codes when executing interior designs, therefore using unqualified decorators can be harmful to clients and their customers.

The 4th Place Company is at the forefront of appeals to create a regulatory body for design in order to ensure that only qualified professionals who have mastered the value of safety and building codes are permitted to practice, especially for the design of public spaces. Interior design has also begun to contribute to the gross domestic product of the country as qualified designers are often able to use our rich local resources to craft high quality furniture. “Getting all your furniture from Italy is
nothing to brag about“, says Tinuke as she and her company are embarking on an ambitious project to create a line of unique furniture pieces designed and made in Nigeria by Nigerians.

We look forward to having you come along on that journey as well in future editions of “Lagos Interior Design” We will be sharing our experiences from visiting the Internally Displaced People’s camps in Nigeria and how to help by simply supporting your Nigerian furniture designers.

To follow Tinuke on more of her design projects:
Instagram: @lagosinteriordesign | Facebook: | Twitter: @lagosinteriors | Blog: | LinkedIn: | Website:

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  1. Bola

    September 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I’m obsessed with this chick and her DIY posts. I follow her IG…she’s a crazy one. She hasn’t posted on Bella in a while?

    • Tinuke Odunfa

      September 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you so much for the support. I will work on some more DIY …specially for you

  2. LagosOG

    September 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    She’s prettier in the pic than in the video.

  3. AntiNana

    September 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Well done dear. You know I’m proud of you.

  4. Anonymous 1

    September 30, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Good stuff. Very well written

  5. SMH

    September 30, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Wow! A well educated nigerian woman who has built her own business all by herself and is doing things most can only dream of and all you can discuss are looks?! Did you even look at the pics of her work? It’s so on point that it looks like it could be an office in Silicon Valley! LagosOG, you are what’s wrong with Nigeria today. @[email protected]|€!

    • Tinuke Odunfa

      September 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      I’m flattered. Thank you

    • Michael Adebiyi

      October 1, 2015 at 10:19 am

      You don’t need to be flattered becos you are Good at want you do

  6. JK

    September 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    @LagosOG:Is her appearance so significant to cause a shift from the talent showcased? By the way,
    Keep it up Tinuke you sound very thorough and quite impressive.
    #brain & beauty

  7. Tolu

    September 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    You are an impressive designer who is going places. I’m so proud of you and all you have achieved in such a short time. You are a creative and visionary force. Xo

  8. Ebony

    September 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Looooove the map of Africa wall art with each country spelt out on their positions on the map. Love!
    Omg! And there’s one for Nigeria too. Fun and creative way to be educated and informed

  9. Ano

    September 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    So after showing pictures of the beauty that is your work, you now add what is supposed to be a more compelling piece, (a video) and used it to undersell yourself with the less than impressive description of your work whilst simultaneously letting us in on your work secrets… where you get your furniture, your curtain guy (Wonder in Yaba) etc… well done o, you try. How many people do you think do unique work like this? or are you auditioning for reality TV or you’re trying to help out up and coming interior designers? Anyway, na you sabi.,

    • Tinuke Odunfa

      September 30, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      I love to share and teach which is why I also do DIY.
      Note: a person can always share their formula, but not everyone has the skill to solve for the variables they need to execute it.

    • Michael Adebiyi

      October 1, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Huummm cool dat’s truth

  10. Ano

    September 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Your work is amazing though, I like.,

  11. Esther

    September 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    What i see is just ‘basic work” nothing spectacular

    • W.I

      October 6, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      show us your own work and then we would believe this is “basic work”. until then this is beyond spectacular

  12. IMA

    September 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    My dream Job…settling for its its simpler cousin, interior decoration. #nasmallsmall.

  13. Vicki O

    September 30, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    So proud of you Tinuke, my fav is the training room with the inspirational messages around the room as the focus. It’s balanced, not imposing and it’s motivating. In short it reeks of you, fun and focused, lol. Good job!

  14. jide

    September 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    BN and heir hype staff. And Paga is the most successful tech company in Nigeria according to who? Smh

  15. nene

    September 30, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    i don’t see anything fantastic in her work, but at least she’s an entrepreneur. please remove the nose ring.

    • Tinuke Odunfa

      September 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      I hope you were at least entertained. I will work on impressing next time

  16. nunulicious

    September 30, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    that nose ring though! hian.

  17. booboo

    September 30, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Tinuke you need to apologise to people for being deceptive. Most of the pictures of past jobs are 3d designs. You know that there are architects on BN right? Even the big design sites do this but they are originals. The Paga job is nice but nothing we haven’t seen before especially if you follow pintrest.
    Alot of offices look like this in terms of space plan and arrangments. The only twist to it In terms of addition is the wall art and wall paper.
    This industry is highly competitive and putting yourself out here will involve scrutiny from professionals.

    • Tinuke Odunfa

      October 1, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Thanks for taking the time out to watch the video. Every image of our past jobs in the video are originals and property of the 4th Place Company. We do not borrow or use images belonging to others. I’m also glad you think the pictures are good enough to be confused for computer-generated 3D images. Please see the website to see more images of the past projects. follow us on Instagram to see less professional and less formal photos of our design processes. @lagosinteriordesign

    • Tinuke Odunfa

      October 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      follow us on Instagram to see professional and also less formal photos of our design processes. @lagosinteriordesign

    • Tinuke Odunfa

      October 1, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      ***follow us on Instagram to see professional and also less formal photos of our design processes. @lagosinteriordesign

  18. So so

    October 1, 2015 at 12:33 am

    The nose ring is so distracting, couldn’t even watch the video more than a few minutes. I feel like yanking it off her nose. Eish,…….

  19. Michael Adebiyi

    October 1, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Hello everyone October is my mouth 15th is my day

  20. Inthemoment

    October 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Funny how the other comment Ano made on how “they love your work though” was approved and later probably after consultation replaced by this which was quickly followed by your response on ‘formulas and execution’ lol. You know what the deal is. They shud have just gone with the initial “response”. Not to worry though, everyone thinks you’re amazing.

  21. nuellavista

    October 1, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Now this is what I call “breath of inspiration ”
    God bless you hon!

  22. Moyo

    October 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Very nice, learned a lot from this piece & video — your work is looking great Tinuke.
    Witnessed enough Restaurant Impossible / Hotel Impossible / Property Brothers on TV to figure out one thing — a lot of transformative power lies in great interior design — productivity, finances, & energy flow can all improve greatly when it’s done well.
    Impressed, inspired, and envisioning good things in your future — keep doing well

  23. W.I

    October 6, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Super proud of you Tinuke. keep flying high!

  24. Oluwa to ni

    October 9, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Awesome work Tinuke, so proud of you and your accomplishments! Keep up the great work, and may God continue to bless your efforts, and enlarge your territory! Don’t pay attention to “crabs in the barrel”, because where there is greatness, there will always be darkness that tries to snuff out the light. But remember, as the quote says, “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.” So shine baby shine!

  25. Tope A

    October 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Please do us all a favour and take off that nose ring next time. Looks awful. And that accent is a No no . Where’s the originality. The video is where you get to see what she really looks like. That nose ring is any but professional. My 2cents.

  26. Tope A

    October 15, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Booboo hit the nail in the head. Nothing spectacular that we haven’t seen before. #NEXT

  27. Tope A

    October 15, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    brain and beauty? That’s a bit exaggerated pls

  28. YesIsaidit

    June 14, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    They are some very wierd images on her instagram page – why would you have a large yellow python snake in a cake form. ?? By their fruits you shall know them. I follow my instincts

    Even the nose snort ring freaks me out. Something very weird about chick i cant pin point. I plead dht blood of Jesus


  29. James

    November 23, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Nice work

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