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Just this summer, British Vogue described Lagos-based nmbello’s Studio LM Stool, made from metal castings for generators, as “the next cult interiors purchase.” Indeed, the pieces add a dramatic pop to any home not just due to its bright color, but their unusual form. Founder Nifemi Marcus-Bello wanted to test the idea of the traditional three or four legged stool by, well, not making it three or four legged. “How much of the form could be removed without affecting the stability?” the studio says of the piece’s design ethos. A sister piece of the same material, the Selah lamp, is available in the States through the East Williamsburg shop Lichen.
Metal is far from Marcus-Bello’s only medium: a 2018 piece, “The Introverts Chair,” shown at that year’s Venice Biennale, is made through a traditional raffia weave, while a recent portable kiosk for skateboarding brand Waf was comprised of bamboo.
Flexibility, portability, as well as empathetic, ethnographic focus are just a few of nmbello’s hallmarks: In 2021, the studio was awarded the “Life Enhancer of the Year” award by Wallpaper* Magazine for their modular hand-washing station.