Architectural Digest (UAE)

Global Gathering

British-Nigerian designer Miminat Shodeinde is a rising star, thanks to serenely elegant spaces that fuse European and African influences

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Monumental, soothing and serene, Miminat Shodeinde’s interiors have the power to take your breath away. At the age of just 27, the London-based British-Nigerian architect and designer has amassed an impressive portfolio of projects around the world, from Miami to Cape Town, Malaga and Provence. This precocious talent set up her studio, Miminat Designs, in 2015, while she was still a student of interior and spatial architectu­re at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University. “I didn’t have a mentor or connection­s,” she says. “In some senses I’m self-taught, but above all, I have passion and determinat­ion.”

Like the Modernist masters who inspire her (among them Mies van der Rohe and Oscar Niemeyer), Shodeinde’s luminous interiors don’t shy away from empty space. All the better to show off their monolithic furniture and artistic lighting, much of which she creates herself, and which is influenced by nature, travel and aeronautic­s, as well as the designer’s cross-cultural heritage. “I like to balance European and African influences,” she explains. “The fact that my style is not typically of one place helps to attract more global projects.”

Shodeinde’s signature palette features sensual materials such as oak, mahoga-

ny, bronze and natural stone; she tends not to work with pattern. “Clients often describe my style as laid-back luxe. In some senses it’s Brutalist, but it’s also soft and feminine,” she reflects, adding that her aesthetic sits “in between less is more and more is more.”

Forthcomin­g projects are characteri­stically global in scope. Shodeinde is designing a 12-room villa in Ericeira, Portugal, inspired by Japanese Shinto and Zen philosophy, and has just begun a new residentia­l design in Kuwait. “Every piece will be a bespoke design by our studio,” she says. “The star attraction will be an entertaini­ng room with a bespoke eight-seater sofa, and we’re also creating a tranquil dining room with a huge table that seats 24 – it’s a cocoon of serenity looking out onto nature, with stone walls and lighting that sways gently.”

Shodeinde’s next venture is a new furniture collection, to be unveiled shortly. “I’m pushing myself to create something that’s even more sculptural and XXL than my existing work,” she reveals, promising “sinuous forms that defy our perception of gravity and space” Miminat.com

“My style is Brutalist, but it’s also soft and feminine ”

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Miminat Shodeinde. RIGHT: The Jude pendant hangs in a London home of her design. BELOW: Howard daybed (2022) in travertine, oak metal, and nubuck.
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Provence, France. BELOW: Rina Cabinet
(2021) in corten, brass, mahogany and
aniline leather.
A contempora­ry rustic residence in Provence, France. BELOW: Rina Cabinet (2021) in corten, brass, mahogany and aniline leather.

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