Myles Igwebuike: The Chameleon Shaping Nigeria’s Creative Landscape
In the bustling world of design, where creativity knows no bounds, one name shines brightly: Myles Igwebuike. From the vibrant streets of Nigeria to the global stage, Myles has emerged as a true visionary, leaving an indelible mark wherever his creative journey takes him.
Myles embarked on his creative odyssey with the founding of his boutique agency, F AND R Projects. From the onset, it was evident that he possessed a unique blend of creativity and strategic thinking, helping luxury brands like Polo Avenue, Swarovski, and Lagos Polo Club elevate their messaging and products. His seven years of industry experience laid the foundation for a remarkable career.
Transitioning from his boutique agency, Myles Igwebuike embarked on a journey of exploration, pushing the boundaries of creativity further. He not only was the Communications Lead for Design Week Lagos but also exhibited his inaugural piece, the Anwuli chair, a vibrant canary yellow creation that skillfully blended simplicity and sophistication. The chair, with its built-in storage reminiscent of classic chrome desk chairs, was a testament to Igwebuike’s belief in the power of simple yet deliberate design. With “unsullied emotions,” he designed the Anwuli, a name that translates to “joy” in the Igbo language, showcasing the impact of thoughtful design.
This marked the evolution of Igwebuike’s design career, as he continued to hone his craft and passion which included the establishment of his own design studio, Nteje Studios, a hub of artistic innovation based in Enugu, Nigeria. With a multi-disciplinary approach that defied conventions, he explored novel concepts and pushed artistic boundaries. His designs seamlessly fused form and concept, sparking unique and personal connections with viewers.
Myles’s work draws inspiration from Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and the broader African continent. He challenges preconceived notions of African design, infusing his creations with a contemporary sensibility. Each piece he designs is more than an aesthetic marvel; it’s an invitation for viewers to engage on a profound and individualized level.
Nteje Studios, under Myles’ visionary leadership, stands out for its commitment to quality, sustainability, and ethical practices. Collaborating with local artisans, including painters, metalworkers, and carpenters, the studio preserves intergenerational crafts and creates one-of-a-kind pieces. Their dedication to sustainability not only empowers local artisans but also contributes to the growth of the Nigerian economy.
One of Myles’s standout creations, the Ozo chair, pays homage to Igbo identity and traditions. Crafted from premium African mahogany and featuring a circular stainless steel base, it marries traditional symbolism with modern design. The Ozo chair is a testament to Myles’s deep connection to his heritage and his role as a custodian of traditions.
Myles Igwebuike is more than a designer; he’s a creative chameleon whose reach knows no bounds. His ability to seamlessly move between genres and mediums is a testament to his versatility and boundless energy. Whether it’s luxury communications, product design, or pushing the boundaries of African art, Myles continues to shape Nigeria’s creative economy. Now, as a student at the Royal College of Art in London, Myles is well-positioned to further expand his creative horizons.
As we celebrate this consummate creative, we acknowledge his role in shaping a more inclusive and culturally diverse creative landscape. Myles’ journey is a testament to the power of creativity, art, and design to inspire, uplift, and unite people. His legacy is still unfolding, and we can’t wait to see where his creative energy takes him next.