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THE BIG 5 CONSTRUCT NIGERIA

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In September 2019, Lagos State, which is the economic hub of Nigeria played host to the maiden edition of the Big 5 Construct show. The Big 5 Construct is a global event held annually in Dubai and continue to expand into new cities across East Africa, North Africa, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. For more than three decades, the Big 5 has evolved into the largest, most influential and renowned portfolio of construction industry events.

The Big 5 Construct Nigeria is now recognized as the largest building and construction event in Nigeria, with over 130 exhibitors from 21 countries. The 2019 launch edition was reported to have surpassed all expectations – receiving the support from key stake holders of the Nigerian Construction Industry. Alongside the international and domestic exhibitors, the event offered free-to-attend CPD (certified training) workshops and seminars to update attendees on the latest industry innovations, best practices and practical ideas.

I facilitated at one of the workshops and spoke extensively on the subject of affordable housing and the role of architecture in Nigeria. Modular construction using off-site pre-fabrication building materials, design of smaller housing units, and creative designing such as co-living and co-working were my top three design innovations that can be implemented to achieve affordable housing in Nigeria.

Read on for a press release I granted prior to the event, here. 

Now back for its second year and scheduled for 8th – 10th June, 2021, the new building  developments in Nigeria is creating huge demand for international suppliers to bring their products and technologies into the emerging economy. Click this link to get  notified when the event goes live.

RE-IMAGINING HOMES POST COVID-19 : TAKE A FREE SURVEY

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As the world continues grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, we are all coming to terms with the new restrictions placed on us to help contain the virus and prevent further infections.

Several governments have been forced to activate a nationwide lockdown in order to flatten the curve and save lives, resulting in a work-from-home for professionals and organizations. This work-from-home experience reflects that the future of homes will be self-sustaining and digitally adaptable. Spatial layouts will evolve from basic communal living to spaces that enhance functionality, comfort, increased productivity, DIY’s and self-isolation in the future.

Design of the workspace at home will need to be carefully mapped out for collaborations in a digital era, whilst organizations are supported to ensure an easy transition from office to homework hours as the need arises. Where libraries and home-study are identified by a desk with a parody of an office chair and a lamp slotted somewhere in the corner of the living room or under the staircase, now, it will be a completely separate room with large windows, blackout curtains, and comfortable furniture. It will be technically equipped and sound insulated.

I have no doubts that the pandemic has affected your daily activities in one way or another and these changes may call for a few improvements. In order to best guide you toward a wholesome experience within your living spaces, I have partnered with my wonderful friends at Lines & Motifs Interiors to design a survey aimed at identifying your design needs post-COVID-19.

Click this link to fill the survey and watch a bonus video at the end.

The future is Here!

 

THE FUTURE OF WORK – POST COVID19

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There are big changes coming to the future of work.

via architectural digest

Here’s what you need to know – and how it will affect you.

WALLPAPER IS FASHION

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I like the concept of wallpaper as an option for wall finishes. I find the idea of having a colorful and textured wall dressing, other than paint, quite fascinating. So, I totally identify with the stories of how wallpaper have recently rolled back into fashion in a big way.

Designers continue to reinvent and create fashionable wallpapers with rich textures and colors that overflow from floor to ceiling. Its versatility makes it a design element that can be used for accent walls or for decorating all four walls to make a bold statement in a space. Trends in wallpaper designs come and go, but there are so many options to choose from and many top designers now view wallpaper as a game changer.

If you are looking to infuse texture into your interiors, wallpaper is a great option. It is also a perfect way to create a “wow effect” in a space, for example, the TV wall area. The TV wall is actually one of my favorite ways to design with wallpaper in the home.

The following are some time tested, top picks, as well as some of the chicest new options out there. For every category of wallpaper shared below, you can view and choose from a wider array of options when you visit our online store at your convenience.

  1. Industrial Texture Wallpaper

Industrial style is a key aesthetic  trend which combines distressed metal, weathered wood, concrete and factory-style lighting fixtures. This copper-grey wallpaper (top-right) with a weathered texture and fading muted colors perfectly encapsulates the industrial style. Pair this with contemporary furniture or vintage pieces to give your room that desirable loft ambience.

2. Graphic and Geometric Prints

Geometric wallpapers have grown hugely in popularity in recent years and will continue to do so in 2021. If you are not sure where to start when shopping for geometric prints, look for bold color patterns on a neutral or white background.

This innovative geometric design (top-right) features an intersection of triangles and diamonds beautiful for use in hallways or lobbies where you want to make a bold statement.

3. Monochrome

Black and white wallpaper combinations will probably never go out of style. They are classics of minimalism. Sometimes, there is nothing more beautiful than the simplicity of striped wallpapers.

The rich vertical texture (bottom-right) is perfect as a stand-alone on any wall surface giving it the most luxurious feel.

4. Metallic and Glitz

Metallic inks paired with a unique emboss give the look of thousands of tiny pearls. Just like fashion , this trend adds a little bit of glamour with a lightly distressed silk fabric texture and Mylar foil for a luxurious metallic shimmer.

Designed for fun lovers and party rockers, it is a perfect way to add metallic décor into your space.

5. Flocking Wallpapers.

Finally, flocking wallpapers are a new concept in interior design, a classic style of wallcoverings reinterpreted for the 21st century. The flocking technology gives a rich, velvet, 3D-feel to patterns and motifs and creates plasticity.

To view different ways of using wallpaper, please visit our instagram page @lisainteriorsng and be sure to turn your post notifications on.

Note: Images used in this piece are not mine.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT UPHOLSTERY FABRIC

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Today, I will be sharing on “Picking the Right Upholstery Fabric” for your furniture and interior furnishings.

Custom Upholstery, whether you are sourcing yourself or consulting with a professional, allows you to create a unique piece perfectly suited for your space. We have several options for upholstery fabric to choose from at Lisa Interiors but it is important for you to know how to choose the right one for your specific style.

After you identify the item you want to upholster, consider questions like;

  • How durable do you need the fabric to be?
  • Do you need to be able to quickly and easily clean up spills and stains?
  • Will the fabric be more of a decorative piece?

Answering these questions will help you narrow your search. Some of the common and popular upholstery fabrics are basket weave, faux suede, faux leather, velvet, duck/canvas, jacquard, and chenille. These fabrics come in a variety of weights, colors, and treatments to ensure that you get the perfect fabric you need for your project. If you are planning to upholstery something that will experience everyday wear and tear, durability is important to consider. Upholstery fabric durability is determined by how it rates on the manufacturer-administered “double rub” test which is a back and forth movement that mimics the wear and tear of someone sitting on a seat over time. The higher the number of double rubs (for example, a hundred thousand versus ten thousand), the better indicator and durability of the fabric.

In addition to double rubs, look for upholstery fabrics treated for a performance like stain, water, or UV resistance. For upholstery fabrics that will not be used every day like decorative or heirloom pieces, performance characteristics might not be as important which opens up a wider variety including silk, wool, linen, cotton duck, embellished fabrics and more.

When choosing colors for upholstery fabrics, consider lighter, solid colors to create an airy, inviting mood in your space. Darker colors are much better for hiding dirt and wear, or you can always select a bright color or fun pattern to make a statement in your space.

I hope this guide to upholstery fabric help point you in the right direction for your textile selections. If you found this helpful, be sure to comment below to let us know what you will like to learn next!

Happy Choosing!

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS?

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Watch this interview our Creative Director held with The LESociety during their Member Spotlight in June.

Hi Polola, it’s so nice to have you here with us.

Thank you for having me!

Q. So tell us, how did the idea for your business spring up?

I had just completed NYSC in 2012 and I was job hunting, then I got talking with one of my mentors. I studied Architecture by the way and I wanted a master’s degree in interior design outside Nigeria, but did not have the funds. I had thought I could get a well paid job that could fund the masters, you know. But then my mentor said to me, “instead of waiting on a monthly salary that may never add up, I could start creating value to those around me”. Here we are!

Q. The entrepreneurial life isn’t so easy. What was the driving force to you becoming an entrepreneur?

IMPACT. I want to give the world something I will be remembered for.

Q. There is no resumption and closing hours for an entrepreneur. On an average, how many hours a day do you work?

10 to 12 hours, but that does not mean 9am to 5pm. I stop working when I am done. So if that means 2am, so be it.

Q. Start from when you wake up. How would you describe a typical day in your life?

Wake up. Say my prayers. Grab my to-do list. Start making phone calls. Hit the road if I have to (for project deliveries, site visits, client meetings e.t.c). At the end of the day, when I’m going through my list, I feel fulfilled crossing out the things I was able to achieve during the day.

Q. Staying motivated can be difficult as an entrepreneur. What keeps you grounded?

I tell myself everyday, that the best is yet to come.

Q. Every entrepreneur has a fear they try to overcome. Since you started your business, how have you managed your fears and doubts?

I read a lot about success stories and tell myself these people do not have two heads. I remind myself that I can also make it, if I do not give up.

Q. We are sure success means different things to different business owners. What’s your definition of success?

For me, success is what you attract as a result of who you become. So the goal is to find out who you are meant to be and become that person.

Q. Being an entrepreneur must have its own perks. What is your favorite part of being an entrepreneur?

The FREEDOM. I like my freedom.

Q.A great man once said “A mentor is someone who allows you see the hope inside yourself.” Who has been your greatest inspiration?

Mrs. Ibukun AWOSIKA, The Chairman of First Bank Nigeria Plc

Q. As an entrepreneur, what does The LEsociety mean to you?

I see The LEsociety as a resource center. Like a library of professionals to remind me that I am not alone. That is really comforting to know.

RUGS VS CARPETS

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As wardrobe is to closet, so is a rug to carpet. The debate between rugs and carpets come up in conversations where many people use the words interchangeably, when in fact, they mean different things.

Historically, the term rug originated from Scandinavia and was used for the first time somewhere in the 15th century. In America, a carpet is a floor finish glued to the floor and usually covers an entire room, wall-to-wall. The easiest description of a rug is that it has a bound edge making it easy to move freely around the floor and maintain. Although the rug and carpet differ in size, both have similar components – that is, a layer of thick cloth that is normally woven by using organic fibres such as cotton, silk, wool or jute (a vegetable fibre that can be spun into a strong, coarse thread). There are almost limitless ways to create a rug or carpet and how they look is often dependent on the part of the world from which they came as well as when they were woven.

Carpet, on the other hand, has a Latin origin and was not used in English until around the 13th century.

In recent times, there has been a high demand for carpet tiles, and this has been extremely important in the growth of the commercial construction industry in different parts of the world. Carpet tile is a go-to for use in commercial spaces, skyscraper constructions, universities, and corporate offices where the normal wall-to-wall carpet suffers from harsh and excessive wear.

At Lisa Interiors, we consult with major multi-nationals in assessing the floor requirements of their design projects at different scales and recommend carpet tiles for the following reasons;

  1. Individual tiles can be removed and replaced for cleaning if they get damaged.
  2. For floor designs that have multiple colors and arrangements, creative patterns can easily be achieved.
  3. Carpet tiles are manufactured with good stain-resistant properties.
  4. The edge-to-edge transition of carpet tiles is seamless because of their thick composition.
  5. The seams are easier to conceal and straighter edges can be achieved when joining different patterns or colors of carpet tiles.

However, some of the downsides include the following;

  1. They can become unstuck, and curling or lifting at edges can create a trip hazard.
  2. They can be more difficult to remove than rolled carpet which can be easily lifted.
  3. They can make access to underfloor service chambers more difficult.
  4. They are generally not suitable for areas where they may be exposed to moisture.
  5. Carpet tiles can be a costlier option of floor finish.

Please contact us at Lisa Interiors for further inquiries and/or collaborations on floor finishes for your design projects.

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