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Design Week Lagos (DWL) 2021, founded by African design advocate Titi Ogufere, is the leading design week on the African continent, conceived to present and celebrate the best in contemporary African design across categories while bringing international field leaders and visitors to experience the most exciting work from the region. The citywide celebration-themed Design Revolution, took place in various venues across the city of Lagos from October 21st to 31st, 2021, promoting creativity, and innovation across disciplines, including architecture, industrial design, interior design, furniture design, graphics design, and technology.  This year’s celebration included activities such as a central exhibition showcasing new work from across the continent, an awards program, a series of talks and lectures, and the DWL Student Competition.

The 10-day event wrapped up on the 31st of October, 2021, with the 10-day exhibition at A Whitespace Creative Agency.

The roundtable was themed, ”Developing the Interior Design Trade and Services Market through the AFCFTA”, and the aim was to create a platform for learning, debating, and identifying collaborative solutions to the current challenges in the furniture, fixtures, and design ecosystem and to further encourage intra-Africa trade. “It’s a growing celebration of excellence”, Titi said.


The ID Buyers Guide App is a new and innovative platform introduced to Africa’s home décor market. The IDBG App is an all-in-one online marketplace for products and services and a social network for trade and consumers to search, discover and buy interior design products and services within Africa.

Titi Ogufure, also emphasized why innovation is important in the interior design industry. She said, “We need to look at design holistically and make sure that the conversation is robust”.


In collaboration with Design Week Lagos, the International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers (IFI) hosted the IFI African Regional Roundtable on October 21st, 2021 at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. The interactive virtual event allowed the diverse design community in Africa to discuss the IFI Education Policy. The roundtable brought together over 5,000 African designers, including practitioners, academic institutions, educators, professional associations, policymakers, governments, and students.

Additionally, The Interior Design Professional Guide for Africa and the Middle East was launched as part of the African Regional Roundtable. The book, authored by an interior design expert, Titi Ogufere, is an essential resource and guide to managing and sourcing for interior projects in the region, with practical guidance, a directory of vendors, and advice from 25 leading interior designers in Africa and the Middle East on how to run an interior project successfully and profitably from start to finish.


The ‘African Museum of Design’, serves as an introduction to the education of design history in Africa. Students were asked to design a museum borne out of recognizing the need to honor the efforts and works of Pan-African individuals and teams who have made a social impact and substantial contributions to society through design. For this competition, the task was to design a museum with localized vernacular- a design language that is true to our history, location, and future sustainable goals.


Made by Design is an original documentary series highlighting architects, interior, and product designers in Africa. The series was created by Titi Ogufere, CEO of Essential Media Group (EMG).

The Made by Design documentary will offer a glimpse into Africans’ architectural, interior design, and product design landscape. It features interviews and peeks at the outstanding projects of some of the best architects and designers in Africa.

Speaking on the importance of the documentary, Founder, DWL, Titi Ogufure, said, “We have a rich heritage and we feel like it’s important for us to begin to tell our story from our own perspective”.

For more information, visit the website here.

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Join us for the 3rd Edition of Made By Design Exhibition tagged ‘Design Expression’


Join us for the 3rd Edition of Made By Design Exhibtion tagged ‘Design Expression’ 

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5th -7th October 2018

Made by Design, Nigeria’s largest exhibition event for Interior Designers returns to Lagos, for its 3rd edition. The show opens its doors to hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors every year over a three day period bringing the best manufacturers and interior designers together.


Each year, Made by Design adopts a theme, which reflects across different aspects of interior design. This year’s edition is themed ‘Design Expression’. Made by Design is an annual exhibition that brings the key players in Interior Design, home and hospitality industry together under one roof to showcase their products and design brands.


Date: Friday, October 5th to Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Venue: Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.


Established brand names returning this year include Villeroy & Boch, Bang and Olufsen, Alancaray, CC Interiors, AFP by Julius Berger, Interstyle Ceramics, Woodstyles, Visionnaire, Svengali Designs and Agatha Interiors. Some of the first time exhibitors are; Il Bagno bathrooms, Be real properties, Rebelle Flower, Alara, Universal Furniture and Pro Blinds.


Made by Design is proudly powered by Essential Interiors Magazine and is aimed at bringing together the nation’s most prized and unique collection of products, services, and experiences for the world’s most discerning clientele. Made by Design is dedicated to Interior Design and its supporting services in Nigeria.


This year’s exhibition would be featuring a Masterclass with Sergio Padula an Italian lighting design expert where he would be speaking about “The Intelligence of Light”.


For further information or details of how to exhibit or register your attendance, please email or call 0809 481 5324.


The event is proudly sponsored by

Interstyle ceramics, Woodstyles, frontier capital and Il bagno


Attendance is free but registration is required.

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Italian Lighting Design Expert Sergio Padula set to speak at the Made By Design Home & Hospitality Exhibition


Italian Lighting Design Expert Sergio Padula set to speak at the Made By Design Home & Hospitalit... 

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6th October 2018

Made by Design Masterclass 2018


Speaker: Sergio Padula


Topic: The Intelligence of Light


Date: 6TH OCTOBER, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Sergio Padula was born in Venosa (PZ), Italy, in 1977. A love affair with light started during his time at Politecnico di Milano where Padula was mentored by Piero Castiglioni. After spending a final year studying at UQAM in Montreal, Padula graduated in Industrial design and immediately focussed on his passion for light.

Travelling around the World has enabled him to work on scores of varied projects and his professional knowledge is only complemented by his charismatic approach to teaching, which has seen him as part of the design syllabus at the University of Rome La Sapienza, the University of Architecture of Florence, the China Central Art Academy Architecture School in Beijing and both Manipal and American Universities in Dubai and Sharjah.
Sergio has also spoken at various conferences and participated in several initiatives throughout the region, such as Light Insight Arabia at the Light Middle East, INDEX and the Architectural Lighting Conference in Qatar.
Padula has been a member of APIL, The Italian Lighting Professional Association and a fully trained Relux trainer with over 10 years experience working as a visual designer and product manager, in 2008 he joined iGuzzini in their Middle East office where he is currently working as Technical Director and Lighting Design Expert. He is also the Training Supervisor, leading numerous workshops across the region.

As a designer, his practice is promoting an eco-sustainable approach and is essentially led by simplicity and functionality, being mainly inspired by the work of Caravaggio, Castiglioni Brothers, and Isao Hosoe. His most prestigious projects in the Middle East include:

National Archaeology Museum – Beirut, Lebanon
Ministry of Finance – Riyadh, KSA
The Women’s Museum – Bastakiya, Dubai;
The Commercial Bank – Doha, Qatar;
State Mosque – Doha, Qatar.
Ritz Carlton – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Majalis Oman – Muscat, Oman
Queen Alia International Airport – Amman, Jordan
Grand Hamad CBQ – Doha, Qatar
Holcom Headquarters – Beirut, Lebanon
Sowwah Square – Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Beach – Dubai, UAE
The Walk – Dubai, UAE
BoxPark – Dubai, UAE
Malek Museum – Tehran, Iran
Dowlat Building – Tehran, Iran
Central Market – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Yas Marina – Abu Dhabi, UAE
KAFD Mosque – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ferrari Store – Dubai Mall/Mall of the Emirates Dubai, UAE
La Creperie Restaurant – Beirut, Lebanon
Etihad Museum – Dubai, UAE

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For further information or details of how to exhibit or register your attendance, please email or call 0809 481 5324.


The event is proudly sponsored by

Interstyle ceramics, Woodstyles, frontier capital and Il bagno


Attendance is free but registration is required.