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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

First time ever! African Interior Designers to have online summit

First time ever! African Interior Designers to have online summit
Africa’s first Pan-Africa Interior Design (PAID) Virtual Summit will take place from 19th - 28th of March, 2018. This completely online summit will allow creatives and designers from all over the continent and diaspora to participate in an immersive digital experience.
Hosted by E-terior Spaces, a revolutionary online design consultancy, the PAID Virtual Summit is excited about using technology to not only empower thousands of aspiring Interior Designers but also enrich experienced design professionals. With a wide range of discussions and tours planned, The PAID Virtual Summit will allow for all the benefits of a physical summit by creating avenues for Live Q&As and private networking groups where participants can take their discussions further.

First time ever! African Interior Designers to have online summit

How To Join PAID Virtual Summit
Just click on this link

Eight Days of Interior Design
The PAID Virtual Summit is organized around eight packed weekdays, each with a focus on salient and timely topics in for the African Interior Design professional or enthusiast.

Day One: ‘Introduction to Interior Design’
Four sessions that will serve as a guide for those seeking clarity on the history of interior design, what interior design is, and what it means to be an interior designer.

Day Two: ‘The Career’
A deep dive for participants at the beginning of their careers, looking to increase their impact as an interior designer, or looking to start their own practice; Day Two will explore the differences between being a designer and being a decorator, the knots and bolts of running an interior design business, and more. A considerable amount of time will be dedicated to those contemplating a career change into Interior Design.

Day Three: ‘Finding Your Place’.
Successful Interior designers have one thing in common, they have carved out a niche for themselves. Day Three will seek to impart that valuable knowledge to participants. How exactly will they set themselves apart, especially as an African or Africa enthusiast in this volatile and exciting industry

Day Four: ‘Design and People’
Design thinking has taken over not just the creatives space but also the larger business community. Day Five will push the discussion further and localize it, How can we apply design thinking to solve some unique problems in the industry.

Day Five: ‘ Design Africa’
What are the peculiarities of operating within an African context? On Day Six the summit will invite experts to tackle this problem. Topics range from how to source partnerships for growth to how to overcome that challenges involved in sourcing locally

Day Six: ‘Building Your Profile’
At the end of the day, Interior Design Houses are businesses as much as they are living solutions providers. Day Seven will equip participants with the essentials of running a business and understanding how to find, keep incredible talent.

Day Seven: ‘Virtual Tours’
What are the inner-workings of an interior design studio? On Day Eight The Virtual Summit will give participants an exclusive pass into unique design studios across the world. From the Paris Forino Studio in New York city to Woodwork factories here in Nigeria. These extensive coverage will immerse you into the day-to-day of a design studio.

Participating Design Houses
Represented at the summit, by their talented designers are some of the most prominent interior design studios including, Source IBA, Panorama, SI.SA, CC Interiors, Adams ID and Nokta Studios. These interior design studios work in commercial, residential, industrial interiors and architecture. We are excited to bring that range of experience to the PAID Virtual Summit.

Participating Interior Designers and Teaching Professionals
The Summit will be Hosted by the amazing Award winning Lagos Interiors designers Lara Lape Cameron-Cole and Osaru Alile and organized by Osayi Emokpae Ilasisi. With over 45 Interior designers and teaching professionals participating in The PAID Virtual Summit, the breadth and depth of their collective experience will help to shape the careers of participants of The Summit. We are pleased to have on board, One of New York’s favorite Interior Designers Michael Adams, the versatile, highly sought after interior designer to the stars and a star of the USA TV show TOP Design Titi Ogufere, one of the bastions of interior design in Nigeria. Also in attendance will be Reni Folawiyo, founder of luxury concept store Alara, Horace Pan, a widely celebrated designer (who has won over 100 prestigious Interior Design awards) and lecturer at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, and so many more talented designers.
Other Speakers at The Pan Africa Interior Design Summit include Jeremy Stewart, Nana Spio-Garbrah (Abidjan), Tolu Odunfa Dragone, Paula Nascimento (Angola), Jordan Awori (Kenya), Banke Kuku (Nigeria), Doyin Abiola-Tobun (Nigeria), Tola Ojuolape (UK), Rachael Awe (Canada), Chika Uwazie (Nigeria), Heather Nokta (USA), CY Wilson (USA), Toluwanimi Osinowo (Nigeria), Tomilayo Aluk (Nigeria), Paris Forino (USA), Susan Skotkis (USA), Omon (Nigeria and Jack Travis(USA).

Virtual Studio Tours
The PAID Virtual Summit will give three studio tours of some the most coveted studios around the world .This will provide insight into the day-today workings of Interior Design Studios and will help to answer the question ‘what goes on in there?!’.

About The PAID Virtual Summit
With this inaugural edition of The PAID Virtual Summit will feature over 16 hours of engaging content (25 sessions, each 35-45mins long). Registration is FREE and allows viewers free access to over 60 minutes of curated lectures. Registered guests may opt for an ‘All Access Pass’ for NGN15,500 (early bird) or N19,500 (regular) which will give them not only access to all 16 hours of content but also they will have the opportunity to view the content online in their own time for 1 year. Registration can be done online at

About The Host - E-terior Spaces

E-terior Spaces is an online Interior Design consultancy that provides Happy Space Solutions for all. We believe every space deserves well thought-out planning and a great look. This platform is our sprinkle of happiness through Interior Design (and decoration) that’s affordable with concepts designed and delivered within days.
E-terior Spaces is an innovative, creative, think-outside-the-box design firm that allows one to custom design their spaces virtually. E-terior Spaces was founded as a social-enterprise – with a focus on living spaces. More information can be found at

About Co-Founders

Osaruese Alile

Alile is a high-spirited, vibrant young woman! An Interior Design Professional, Product Designer and Social Entrepreneur. She holds an AA & BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC – She is the co-founder of CaxtonAlile Living; A pro-African creative force producing amazing light fixtures and home decor products all handcrafted here in Nigeria using locally sourced materials. Cape Soul; The Fashion brand that prides herself in creating soulful elegant pieces that make women feel like they can fly.

CC Interiors Consultancy who has since successfully worked on numerous Interior Design projects in the UK, USA and here, in Nigeria; Some of which include; Mansard Investment, Transcorp Holdings, 1st Bank Airport Lounge, Primera Africa and so on...CC Interiors is well recognized as an award-winning firm.
Osaro is extremely passionate about creativity, education and empowering Young Nigerian Entrepreneurs. Her passion inspired her to start the initiative “Careers in Interior Design” alongside 3 other Interior Designers here in Lagos, CID has run for 3 years now – Inspiring and training young design creatives interested in interior design. She also acts as the judge of Nigeria’s 1st ever competitive reality TV show “Interiors By Design”. Osaru was recently selected as an assistant curator for the “African Cultural and Design Festival” ACDF Design Pavilion. She is an associate with the ‘Women in Management, Business and Public Service’ (WIMBIZ), a Vital Voices GROW Fellow and sits as the education chair, Interior Design Association of Nigeria (IDAN), on the board of advisors of IDPs Aid and Relief Foundation. After being a WEF (World Economic Forum) Lagos Global Shaper for 5 years, she now sits as a member of the governing board supporting the group as a whole.

Lara Lape Cameron-Cole

Lara Lape Cameron-Cole is an entrepreneur, working in the creative industry as co-founder of CC Interiors Limited, a multiple award-winning Interior Design business, CaxtonAlile Living and Apparel Partners Limited, an apparel manufacturing company. She is also a consultant within the Apparel Manufacturing space.
She has a master’s degree from the University of Arts, London College of Fashion in Fashion Entrepreneurship, focusing on Apparel Manufacturing and a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Lara Lape started off her career at citigroup, New York, as a bond-trading analyst but moved into the creative industry to specialize in Interior Design and has never looked back. She has worked as an Interior Designer for over 10years, concentrating in residential and commercial spaces. Being a multifaceted human, Lara Lape is working on living out her dream of building an apparel manufacturing business. As a consequence, her research expeditions have led to her co-authoring The Sourcing Handbook for UK-India Apparel Manufacturing, a published guide and handbook currently available in the British Library.

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