- Art & Design
Miminat Designs unites the mundane and the poetic, the old and the new, the complementary and the contradictory in timeless furniture, objects and interiors. The studio creates functional art and elegant spaces with a unique personality.
London-based Miminat Designs is a design studio that creates beautiful furniture, lighting and decorative objects as well as full-scale interior design. The studio was founded by British-Nigerian artist and designer Miminat Shodeinde. She was attracted to art from an early age. Miminat Shodeinde strives for an artistic aesthetic with architectural precision. In her work, she unites the everyday with the poetic and the old with the new. In this way, she achieves timeless and compelling designs in which art and architecture meet. ‘When creating a piece of furniture, it is important to me to combine traditional craft methods with modern use of materials. I have a deep respect for craftsmanship that I try to reflect in my furniture, but often in modern lines. I also like to reinterpret vintage silhouettes and use materials in a modern way,’ she says. When designing a space, Shodeinde then uses old materials and classic or vintage pieces in a very contemporary setting. Without limiting herself to a particular style or category, Shodeinde's aesthetic is fluid, functional and sophisticated. Each project is given a unique interpretation and identity. The furniture, objects and lighting of Miminat Designs are characterised by sculptural forms. The designer explores and experiments with the relationship between form and function, allowing art and design to merge. ‘My designs balance between sculptural form and functionality in the real world. In terms of a design language, I like to give my pieces a sense of movement or fluidity. There is beauty in movement and I try to capture that in my work.’ According to the designer herself, a “Miminat interior” can be recognised as follows: ‘You will usually see at least one piece of classical furniture. It plays with scale and symmetry, a muted colour palette with large light volumes, clean lines, warm materials and overlapping textures.’
‘I also love to reinterpret vintage silhouettes’
Miminat Shodeinde calls her mind the biggest and most important tool for her interior and furniture designs. Everything starts from there. ‘I get my inspiration from what is around me or what interests me at the moment I am developing a design or a space,’ she says. The designer draws inspiration from music, art and sculpture, among other things. ‘I have an obsession with materiality, how things are made. Therefore, the production process is very important to me. So, I spend a lot of time with the craftsmen, I'm involved in every process at every stage, asking questions and learning. I guess you could say that my design process starts to take shape when I fully understand the possibilities of what can be created and I also strongly believe in creating on instinct and how I feel at the time.’ All pieces are handmade by a team of artisans in the United Kingdom and Europe, which ensures authenticity and pure craftsmanship. Do you want to know more about Miminat Shodeinde? Read the full article in Imagicasa Autumn 2021.
Countryhouse Gloucestershire by Miminat Designs