Nestled in a suburb away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos, Nigerian interior architecture and design firm, Studio Emodi, explore the concept of escapism in their design for an apartment renovation project.
Dubbed project Onikoyi, the apartment is designed to be an escape where the client can get away from the stress of the city after a tedious work day and feel as though they’ve been transported somewhere else. As an avid traveler, the client is drawn to all things European, as such, this informed the nature and aesthetic of the ‘escape’ the apartment offered. Drawing inspiration from European designers, Joseph Dirand and Pierro Lissoni, the designers imbued a sense of elegance and minimalism into the spaces of the apartment creating a strong yet subtle look and feel.
The design of the apartment features a white backdrop and a monochrome colour pallete with neutral accents as well as rich material that add a layer of texture to the spaces. This white backdrop transitions into a darker, more moody palette as you move into the home’s private spaces on the first floor.
A prominent part of the design is the herringbone floor pattern achieved using grey wood-look porcelain tiles. The option of wood-look tiles over laminate wood flooring or local hardwood floors was based on durability as it offers a stronger finish less prone to scratching. This darker tone is a strong contrast to the white walls which feature white wooden boiserie wall panels, creating a good balance between two strong materials and setting the stage for the home’s modern furnishings, art and decor.
The open plan living area is ‘partitioned’ into functional groups using black steel and glass shelving which appear as ‘black lines’ sectioning one area from another. The kitchen door, wears a similar aesthetic with black steel frames and glass infill along with yet another steel and glass shelf therein. White marble slab counter tops characterize the kitchen workspace paired with white glossy laminate cabinetry, both of which lend themselves to the continuity of contrast between dark and light.
Furniture: Home & You Ltd, Interior Culture by Obiageli