OnoBello.com would like to congratulate Banke Kuku on winning the ‘Women in Making’ competition!
Kuku, a Nigerian-UK based interior and textiles designer emerged winner of the second edition of the ‘Women in Making’ competition- a highly acclaimed platform that highlights the abundance of talented women working to turn their craft and passion.
When asked what winning this competition meant to her, Kuku said:
“Winning this competition is a fantastic boost to my young business… It will be a fantastic opportunity to continue telling my story and trying to inspire young women! Showing them that through hard work and dedication much can be achieved. It will also give me the opportunity to be able to further develop my business through the help of other talented women as mentors. That will be invaluable.”
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Kuku moved to the UK when she was eight years old. She attended Central St Martins and Chelsea College of Art & Design, specialising in woven textiles and publishing the book ‘The Unwoven Threads of Nigeria’, an assessment of the state of the Nigerian textiles industry. Her passion originally led her to work in the fashion industry, starting with interning at a number of fashion houses, but in 2010 decided to start her own business with a focus on interior design. Since then, her creations have been captivating the design world and has been featured in top publications around the world.
Her eye for colour and exquisite prints have led to collaborations with renowned fashion houses, being adorned by the likes of Michelle Obama, caught the eyes of Franca Sozzani Chief Editor of Vogue Italia, and her prints have been described as “exquisite pieces of art,” by the one of world’s most influential trend forecaster, Lidewij Edelkoort. Her pieces have been seen on the runaways in London, Paris and Milan.
The panel of judges for the ‘Women in Making’ competitionwas made up of top industry professionals, see what they had to say about her bold and beautiful designs that has captivated the world!
“Banke has a vivid use of colour and texture in her designs. Her looks are put together with such creativity” – Roks and a Ilincic
“Her prints are vibrant and there is a large market for the kind of textiles she is producing. She has had great coverage in the best interiors magazines.” – Sophia Webster
“It is great Banke was awarded ‘Queen of Colour’ – she can take inspiration from a broad spectrum and update her style as trends change.” – Thea Green
“I am a huge fan of colour and texture, Banke brings both of these in abundance to her artistic textiles. She also has the skill to apply these prints to furnishings that are at once avant-garde and highly desirable.” – Lizzie McQuade
“Banke stood out for me because of the originality of her prints and the diversity of her products. The prints feel modern with the fusion of African and Western influences.” – Georgina Coulter