Recently, Nigeria was nominated and won the bid to host the 28th edition of the World Design Congress/General Assembly by the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designs, I.F.I
This was held alongside the African Culture & Design festival from the 9th to 12th November 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria. Over 100 countries were represented at the assembly which held on African soil since 2001 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme for the 2017 IFI Congress; ” World Class Design in Regional Markets : Interior Architecture/Design into the future” was summarized in the welcome address given by the IFI President, Sebastiano Raneri (2015 – 2017);
This year’s IFI Congress is grounded on the most potent issues affecting the built environment at the regional and global levels. The international community faces a complex set of problems that require professionals to look beyond traditional approaches and perspectives. As a creative entity dedicated to professionalism and international cooperation, IFI offers a strategic approach to problem solving that closely integrates design and the built environment to preserve a global social responsibility – Sebastiano Raneri, IFI President (2015-2017)
The African Culture and Design Festival was a major highlight of the 2017 General Assembly featuring 3 pavilions curated for design, contemporary arts and traditional arts. Sir David Adjaye, Kunle Adeyemi, Alfredo Bullembourg and Demas Nwoko were some of the keynote speakers at the Congress addressing various topics from defining design excellence for identity distinction to integrating art and design for beauty with meaning.
Each pavilion at the festival provided a platform for artists and designers to redefine the narrative surrounding African creative talents. Besides the 3 main pavilions, the African Culture and Design Festival played host to GUIDE CURATED where the Interior Designers association of Nigeria members, furniture and product designers got a chance to exhibit their products in a series of curated spaces.
Dignitaries from Nigeria and overseas graced the festival and witnessed a showcase of Africa’s rich artistic history, as well as explore how contemporary art and design are shaping the continent’s economic future. I was also there representing Lisa Interiors to soak in inspiration, network, learn and mingle with other professionals from a vast background of design.
See highlights of the event below: