The big edifice sits on a large expanse of land on Isaac John Street, Ikeja. For two decades, the spot has been home to what could be called Nigeria’s first luxury retail store for designer homewares. It started as a wedding gift shop owned by the daughter of Modupe Ogunlesi and her husband. As a trained account, Ogunlesi offered to manage their book keeping.
“I told them I will manage it for five years, after that they can go ahead and manage it themselves,” recalls Ogunlesi.
However, her daughter felt the business was too sedentary for her hence she was no longer interested in running it. It was at this point that Ogunlesi took over the management of the store. She transformed it from a mere wedding gift store to a world class luxury retail store that stocks global luxury brands in homeware with speciality in fine dining.
“When I took over, says Ogunlesi, I decided to expand the dining section. Till today, our dining remains unbeatable. We have covered every aspect of dining very well.”
Customers’ request for other aspect of home furnishings led to the expansion of the store into a full-fledged home store with the addition of bathroom, outdoor, kitchen and other sections.
“We have had some people who drove past come in to say can you do my bathroom? And then we look for supplies and move into it,” adds Ogunlesi.
Also, Adam & Eve stocks dinner sets from renowned luxury brands like Royal Derby, the official designer for the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding), Aynsley, Belleek, Porcelanas da Costa Verde known for elegant porcelain; Faria & Bento (hard wearing stoneware), Bon Vida (somewhere between elegance & casual), and Porcel who is fond of adding unique twists to its design.
One of the pieces at the store you will find attractive is the Versace Rosenthal classic signature, Vanity. The beauty will surely have left you in awe. However, if you want to add a touch of orient to the table the The Marco Polo dinner ware will just help you achieve that. The Meandre D‘Or comes in classic white with the Versace stamp, while the Dedalo is a combination of black and platinum for the distinct flavour of macho.
Adam & Eve offers a total home experience to anyone who walked into it. It is a place where well curated art pieces interact freely with exquisite home furnishings through the annual art exhibition ‘The Content’. The work of master artist, Bruce Onobrakpeya is one of the artworks you can see at the exhibition. There are interesting works from Stanley Dudu like, ‘Counselling’ and ‘Supplicant’. It is interesting how each art piece on display beautifully completed the home accessories and furnishings on display throughout the entire store. The store brings to life the fact that a space in the home is incomplete without a piece of art adorning it.
Over one thousand objets d’art from notable luxury brands like Clive Christian, Versace, Bugatti and others interacted with artworks from renowned artists like Onobrakpeya and Kolade Oshinowo including third generation artists like Lekan Onabanjo, Francis Uduh, Juliet Ezenwa Pearce among others.
For example, Francis Uduh’s sculptures blends perfectly with the exotic bar stools and tables made of aluminium base with raw wood finish; in the background in the Boys’ Den created at the store, is an Eurographics wall art in 3D and on the floor, is Cascade carpet to complete the entire set up.
Likewise, Versace Home Collection will make a good pairing with any of Onobrakpeya’s piece at the exhibition. The subtle flicks of gold which catches the light, opulence of the dining set which sets the tone for that great dining experience complements perfectly the shades of colours on Onobrakpeya’s works. The same way, realist painter, Olumide Oresegun’s piece, ‘Allow’ will light up that empty space in the bedroom or bathroom.
Last December, the Christmas room at Adam &Eve was truly exquisite. There were different sizes of Christmas trees available and customers were given up to ten percent discount on any tree purchased. It is a place where you can walk in get all your bathroom, living room and dining solutions.