Lagos-based interior design firm, IDesign by Tola Akerele recently shared with us an intriguing set of completed projects in Eastern Nigeria, specifically in Abia’s capital city Umuahia and in Enugu as well.

The projects involved simultaneous interior fit-outs for a celebrated African restaurant and cafe called Roots. The client’s desired aesthetic was something representative of African culture and heritage, which coincidentally is something of a signature style for IDesign.

They decided to go with what they term “Minimalist African” which would see clean open spaces infused with African accents. For a full four months of work, they had artisans ranging from carvers, carpenters, rope artists, bamboo specialists and muralists among others, working around the clock to churn out bespoke furniture pieces, wall hangings, window frames, ceiling installations and intricate door leafs, all of which would add the desired character to the various spaces within the locations.

Take a look

CARVINGS AND CONSTRUCTION

Here are more construction images from the fit outs via the IDesign Instagram page. Very inspiring.

When going to the loo is bliss #woodandtiles#patterns#interiordesign#africanresturant#relaxanddump#enuguproject#enugustate#toilet ROOTS……

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When tree bark becomes a cool finish… We used it for the counter front finish #umuahiafiles#finishes#welovedesign#

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Chairs for our umuahia project. We love design #interiordesign#chairs#craftmanship#umuahiafiles

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Rope ceiling being installed… Umuahia Project #craftmanship#interiordesign#ropework

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Ceiling details :Enugu Project #enugufiles#welovedesign#interiordesign#ropework#mat

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Bursts of colour for a fun bistro… #hospitality#umuahiafiles#interiores#interiordesign#welovedesign

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The dignity of labour.. #umuahiafiles #craftmanship #interiordesign#woodwork

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Work flow #Umuahia #interiordesign#craftsmanship#hospitality

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