Mrs Zainab Akingbehin is a true woman of impact. As the Creative Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ouvre Designs, she has recorded remarkable achievements in the sphere of Furnishing and Interior Design.
Oeuvre Designs is a state of the art, Lagos based Interior Design Company. Zainab launched Oeuvre Designs in 2015 and over the years she has gradually moulded a brand that is one to reckon with amongst her international counterparts.
She got her diploma in Interior Designing from the Decor Creative Academy based in the UK and Nigeria which is also affiliated to Decor and Rainbow Nigeria.
In her early years, she studied Business Administration at the University of Abuja and the North American University, Benin Republic respectively.
Zainab believes that Interior Designing is not just a business but also the study of human behaviour and how people best interact with their space. This appears to be what Oeuvre Designs is all about.
Zainab is one of the advocates of the need to harness the potentials of the Nigerian furniture industry in interior design. Most of her pieces are made in Nigeria, with great details of sophistication.
She believes the country is gifted with resources which enable local production of furniture which are sophisticated and top notch. All furniture pieces and designs are originally made by Oeuvre Designs. Furthermore, she acknowledges the problems associated with producing these said pieces in Nigeria.
In Zainab’s words: “With this I must say, come its own challenges as there are competent people who can bring these ideas to life but who seemingly lack the motivation to so. For instance, the artisans often run behind schedule if not properly monitored. Also, work ethics are in most cases obviously lacking. The problems are however inevitable in an entrepreneurial venture but we are thankful for the growth we have recorded.”
In June 2020, she launched her Ultra-Modern Showroom in Lagos. The Showroom would afford clients and various customers both locally and internationally access to numerous pieces and designs from Oeuvre Designs. The Showroom was carefully designed to make every guest and visitor who walks in feel cozy.
Indeed, Zainab Akingbehin, Creative Director/Chief Executive Officer of Oeuvre Designs has changed and revitalized the face of interior design in Nigeria. Oeuvre Designs has brought a new splash of excitement to the industry.
It is recognition of her contribution to national development in the field of Furnishing and Interior Design that Mrs Zainab Akingbehin has been awarded the Nigerian 60th Independence Anniversary Award for Productivity.