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Damola Rufai Emerges Winner of the IO Furniture Innovation Award!

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Muni Shonibare & Damola Rufai
The IO Furniture Innovation Award drew to a close on Wednesday 30th September at the IO Furniture showroom in Ilupeju, Lagos.

Yinka Dayo-Adepoju, Babalola Ishmael, Nafisat Dada & Damola Rufai
The four finalists; Damola Rufai, Yinka Dayo-Adepoju, Nafisat Dada and Babalola Ishmaeel displayed and delivered stellar pitches to the judges; Arc. Tayo Babalakin, the President of the Association of Consulting Architects Nigeria (ACAN), Muni Shonibare, The Chief Executive Officer of IO Furniture, Stefano Moretti, the Head of Production at IO Furniture, Dami Akinniyi representative of Arc. Papa Omotayo, Creative Director MOE+, Nike Ogunlesi, Chief Executive Officer of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble and members of the Association of Consulting Architects Nigeria (ACAN).

The Finalists & Muni Shonibare Stafano Moretti, Nike Ogunlesi, Muni Shonibare, Dami Akinniyi, Ms Shobo & Arc. Babalakin
Damola Rufai’s ‘Esho Table‘ was chosen as the winning design and was granted the One Million Naira cash prize. The design will be produced and added to the IO Furniture product line, he will also receive royalties on his design for a period of one year.

The ‘Esho Table‘ is a versatile design that can be used in both commercial and residential settings. Made of a glass top and welded steel rods, it was designed with low poly graphics in mind to conjure up images of a cut jewel. Named after the Yoruba word for treasure or jewel, ‘Esho‘ was created with the use of sustainable re-usable materials.

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Other finalists, Yinka Dayo-Adepoju, Nafisat Dada and Babalola Ishmael emerged 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the competition. To reward their efforts, IO Furniture awarded them Three Hundred Thousand Naira, One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira and Fifty thousand naira respectively.

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IO furniture will continue to further develop the programme as a system to promote and empower young Nigerian talent.

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7 Comments

  1. michael

    October 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

    and he won one million for this beautiful hard work?…. just one million…. thats not fair.

  2. Tosin

    October 8, 2015 at 11:02 am

    love.

    one of my kids is named the same, so i was like, wow, he designs furniture too? (of course not, it was an architect.) cheers to contest designers, contests do help motivate people to do better things. respect.

  3. Tee

    October 8, 2015 at 11:19 am

    see talent !!

  4. Manny

    October 9, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Very beautiful designs!

  5. One Eyed

    October 9, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Why do I prefer Yinka and Babalolas designs to the winners design? Nice designs! We need more of this in Nigeria!

  6. Furniture Lagos

    February 11, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Damola’s Esho design is simple and it is definitely an item that can actually be used by almost anyone especially as center table for many big homes.

    Yinka’s Ubuntu, although has an attractive design, doesn’t look like something people would use that much, though it seems like a nice concept, but a set of seats strictly for two-player board games doesn’t sound too appealing. Probably because of the fact that if additional players would have to bring extra seats to join the game, then the purpose of the structure would be defeated. Additionally, it looks like the players would have to lean forward to use the table in the middle. It’s too low.

    Nafisat’s Beta convertible sofa/bunk bed looks like the best design on this list to me. Only problem is that the conversion seemed like a hassle from the video.

    Finally, I have no idea what Babalola’s Elipso is supposed to do aside holding a single jug. It looks beautiful though.

  7. Damola007

    February 11, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Damola’s Esho design is simple and it is definitely an item that can actually be used by almost anyone especially as center table for many big homes. I can see this item being sold by dubezfurniture.com furniture stores in nigeria

    Yinka’s Ubuntu, although has an attractive design, doesn’t look like something people would use that much, though it seems like a nice concept, but a set of seats strictly for two-player board games doesn’t sound too appealing. Probably because of the fact that if additional players would have to bring extra seats to join the game, then the purpose of the structure would be defeated. Additionally, it looks like the players would have to lean forward to use the table in the middle. It’s too low.

    Nafisat’s Beta convertible sofa/bunk bed looks like the best design on this list to me. Only problem is that the conversion seemed like a hassle from the video.

    Finally, I have no idea what Babalola’s Elipso is supposed to do aside holding a single jug. It looks beautiful though.

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