Mimi Shodeinde is a British Nigerian artist, designer and entrepreneur, born and raised in London, Mimi’s passion for art was developed at a young age. Winning awards for her artwork she went on to complete her degree in Interior Architecture at Edinburgh.
In 2015, Mimi founded “Miminat Designs” a London based design studio committed to creating functional art. She has worked and collaborated on a wide range of projects both nationally and internationally, from interior architectural projects, furniture design, lighting and product design spanning The UK, Europe, The Middle East and West Africa.
Mimi’s drafting and painting skills together with her artist’s eye allow her to break down the relationship between form and function where art and design intersect. She draws on her diverse influences and background to manipulate the use of space through both form and placement defying categorization. Her style is fluid, sophisticated and functional but seeks to imbue each project with a personality of its own.
Her Nigerian heritage and her love of travel have enriched her practice, allowing her to assimilate different cultures and incorporate them into her designs. Each item of furniture is treated as a piece of sculpture because to Mimi, furniture is an artistic form of expression.
She aims to personalize her designs to the individual’s lifestyle – each piece rendering itself into the environment where it is placed. Functional, yet sculptural and sophisticated, every piece of furniture is a gateway to her identity as a designer.
In addition to her painting and furniture design, Mimi is the Co-Founder of the charitable organisation ‘SHE.Creates.’ This charity has been established to help improve the lives of young women in developing regions by nurturing their creativity.
This article was culled from Lionesses of Africa.