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Leading indigenous interior design and furniture manufacturing company IO Furniture has selected the four finalists for their 2015 CSR initiative,  (The IO Furniture Innovation Award). These four, chosen from several of the applications received, were thorough in their approach and delivered strong entries.

The judges, Arc. Tayo Babalakin, president of the Association of Consulting Architects Nigeria (ACAN), Mrs. Nike Ogunlesi, CEO - Ruff ‘n’ Tumble, Arc. Papa Omotayo, Creative Director – MOE+ and Mr. Steffano Moretti, Head of Production IO Furniture Ltd, scored the entries based on the functionality, aesthetics, style, creativity and innovation of each design. Each judge was required to pick their top 5 entries; they then debated on each entry and by elimination, they agreed on the final four - Yinka Dayo-Adepoju, Damola Rufai, Nafsat Dada and Babalola Ishmael.

Yinka Dayo-Adepoju – 28, entered an African twist on the French classic, Tête-à-Tête. He coined the design “Ubuntu” meaning, “I am because we are”. The aim of Ubuntu is to create a seating arrangement that encourages an emotional and intellectual connection between the occupants. According to Dayo-Adepoju, He was intrigued to find a competition of the sort and saw the IO Furniture Innovation award as an avenue to show his creativity. “It is good to know that there is a company that deems it necessary to engage the youth”.

Demola Rufai – 28, designed the “Esho Table”, a versatile design that can be used in both commercial and residential settings. Made of a glass top and thermoformed corian legs, the table was designed with low poly graphics in mind to conjure up images of cut jewels. He entered the innovation award