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Tolù Adèkó On The Art of Layering

The interior designer reveals the secrets to his enviable style

Jade Bloomfield
By Jade Bloomfield, Editor

Beginning his career under the mentorship of Sir Terence Conran, it's unsurprising that Tolù Adẹ̀kọ́ has harnessed his love of design over the last 14 years. Now transforming spaces with his signature elegance, Adẹ̀kọ́ & Co—the designer's namesake firm—is continuing his family’s four generations of textile design in the interior space.

Here, Adẹ̀kọ́ reveals how layering is all about building memories, how the initial love for a piece means that the romance of your home endures far beyond trends, and more.

Autumnal cushion layering |
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On taking your time... 

“Whether we’re commissioned to design luxury interiors by private clients, international property developers or hotel operators; our studio’s residential work is highly personalised and prioritises attention to detail. Working closely with our clients, a lot of time is taken to tell an authentic story from the concept designs to completion.” 

“One of my favourite parts of the design process is decorating and styling the interior. Working with local and international artisans and makers, I carefully curate each object and accessory—from vases, ornaments and trinkets to books, mirrors, wall art and sculpture. This procedure shouldn't be rushed, rather, a lot of time and consideration should be taken so every piece doesn't just give a visual interest but should tell a story.”

On choosing the right accessories...

“My advice on selecting the right décor for a home is patience—rather than following the latest trends and fashion, curate the objets over time, from boutiques, antique dealers, and online auctions. It sometimes helps to have a common thread when curating your accessories, maybe it's a selection of metal finishes, stones or timber stains. This helps to build an eclectic collection over time, whether an item is antique or recently bought, they add to the story of your home, and reflect your personality and culture.”

Luxury home bar featuring crystal decanter and elegant vases |
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On mixing materials…

“The layering of materials is a key element of my studio's design approach, we combine hard finishes like handmade wallpapers, eglomise mirrors and marquetry panels, suede leathers, woven fabrics with detailed trimmings to create an inviting interior that expresses individuality.”

“This can be seen in our recent residential penthouse project in London, where we layered a selection of vibrant luxurious fabrics. The penthouse features a harmony of soft velvets, mohair,  embroidered jacquard, fine linens and textured silks for a relaxed contrast and sophisticated interior.”

“At the studio, we collaborate with the most experienced of workshops which excel at exquisite, traditional craftsmanship. Together we design and create bespoke furniture, case goods and lighting, all made with exceptional attention to detail for a tailored interior.”

On finishing the room off with artwork...

“The studio’s priority is to carry out the client’s desires thoughtfully, every step of the way. This sometimes includes sourcing artwork and commissioning unique pieces for our client's homes, which is incredibly rewarding. Though, I find starting off with the art more interesting than 'finishing' the room with artwork as if the painting or sculpture is an afterthought. Beginning with artwork, I try to think outside the box, the artwork doesn't need to be framed—it can be a specialist artistic wall mural or original tapestry. The artwork plays a central part in each project, which evokes a mood, and emotion in a room. It inspires the textures, tonality and material pallet of the interior design, creating a long-lasting ambience.”