You describe yourself as a product designer and sometimes an industrial designer. What really is the difference of both terms or do their roles blur?
I actually studied product design, and I practiced product design for about a year working on small scale projects for an architectural firm. But currently, it’s more industrial design-based because I work for a company that mass produces products for Africa. So now I’m looking to design on a larger scale; factories, warehousing etc., so that’s why I would say I’m more of an industrial designer.
What made you decide to begin producing furniture?
I didn’t actually want to make furniture, I do have a flare for it, but it’s not something I saw myself doing; it was just by chance. I actually like designing consumer electronic goods, and that’s where my passion lies. Even at University, I always chose harder projects, such as designing robotic arms, or water soluble air fresheners, and even shoes. But I think my passion, in general, is a good design, any product that can be used by the day-to-day human – from toothbrushes, toothpaste packaging.
What is your go-to mantra on life and your work?
The mantra that drives NMB is definitely making people’s lives easier. Hoping people enjoy their day to day life and experience when they use my products.
The quality of your products are commendable, where in Nigeria do you source for your raw materials from?
I used to work at NLE Works for Kunle Adeyemi, the architect that founded the Makoko floating school. I worked with him for a year, and while I was there, I was introduced to James Adisa, a self-taught carpenter, who has now become a good friend. He understands design and understands what quality is worth as well. So we’ve been working together and trying to build this ecosystem of churning better products in the Nigerian market.