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Nigerian Furniture Brand Ilé-Ilà unveils The Àdùnní Chair with Chidinma Ekile as The Muse

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A celebration of African Modernism, The Àdùnní Chair by Ilé-Ilà narrates traditional African aesthetics through minimalist elegance.

Àdùnní (meaning ‘daughter of the sweet one’ in Yoruba), is a celebration of African Modernism. The chair’s frame is made from Nigerian teak wood and is upholstered in two styles of the indigenous Yoruba textile Asò-oké. The front bears Asò-oké Gboro-gidi (solid) and behind Asò-oké Onja-wú ati iho (perforated), both hand-loomed in Nigeria.

The thoughtful material choices of the chair come together to stage a celebration of culture and art through furniture. The Àdùnní Chair is available in seven vibrant colours, each with a matching footstool. The colours are pupa féré (pink), osàn (orange), pón (yellow), pupa (red), elésè àlùkò (purple), ewé (green) and búlúù (blue).

Chidinma Ekile, the Muse

As we formally launch the Àdùnní Chair, we are delighted to have Chidinma Ekile as our muse. Chidinma is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who rose to stardom in 2010 after winning the third season of Project Fame West Africa.

About Ilé-Ilà
Ilé-Ilà, which means House of Lines, is a lifestyle Furniture line designed and handmade in Lagos, Nigeria. The brand focuses on period-conscious furniture with contemporary African content. Ilé-Ilà was created by Tosin Oshinowo, Architect behind the design and execution of the Maryland Mall Lagos, a commercial piece of Architecture that captures the rapid development of the Sub-Saharan region.

As an Architect, she has a natural affinity towards Product Design. She is particularly interested in the functionality of chairs, but also placing them in a Nigerian-African identity context. Unlike her minimalist approach to Architeture, which often uses mute colours, her furniture design aesthetic is a bright explosion of colour.

Credits:
Founder – Tosin Oshinowo
Creative Director – Oladotun Kayode
Photographer – Emmanuel Oyeleke
Stylist – Jane Michael Ekanem
Makeup Artist – Oraibi Wakana
Hairstylist – Gift Ekile
Cinematographer & Editor – Oladayo Odunaro
Music – SMirK
Contact Ilé-Ilà – +234 802 378 9728, +234 802 319 0946, [email protected]

6 Comments

  1. Real Aduni

    March 30, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Why would this so called ile ila claim Adunni means daughter of the sweet one. Has she every heard of syllables? It exists in Yoruba. Silebu ni ege oro. A-dun-ni. One- sweet- to have. Which means “one that is sweet to have”. The girl is a joyful addition to her family. It is an oriki. Same as Asabi (one choose to be birth), Asake (one chosen to be cared for), Amoke (one that is known/created to be cared for). And so many others. They are Oriki. Which can be given to you by even your mum. So are you saying a mother will name or nickname her daughter Adunni with the meaning daughter of the sweet one! Because my own mother named me Adunni.

    • Uberhaute Looks

      March 30, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      That was what caught my attention too. At least they got the ààmì properly however, for the sake of those who don’t speak or understand Yoruba, please always give the accurate translation.

      As @real Àdùnní said, it is oríkì and has very deep meaning not just literal translation.

  2. Olori

    March 30, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Beautiful! So stylish. Although I’m so wary of those sharp edges (the arm). Is this child friendly cuz they look so dangerous. Like any little thing a child will run into it. But I’m still drooling sha.

    • tunmi

      March 30, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      oohh good point. I’m already in love with the furniture but that may be later improved by having cushions on those sharp edges

  3. Ore Adunni

    March 30, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    It was the translation of the Cognomen(oriki)that first got me as well. i was wondering why Adunni was given a different translation, knowing fully well that a lot of people still understand ijinle Yoruba. The furniture is beautiful by the way, i hope there is a manual on how to wash it though.

  4. tunmi

    March 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    this photoshoot is just so brilliant and beautifully done!

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