A Cheetah-Patterned Sectional Sets the Vibrant Tone in Autumn Adeigbo’s Apartment
Animal print is a neutral, right?
Published Mar 8, 2021 1:00 AM
“My home is vibrant,” declares Autumn Adeigbo in the first few minutes of our bicoastal chat. Before we even delve into empowering gallery walls and her decor collection with Kazi, the Nigerian-American fashion designer—who dressed Zooey Deschanel for the Golden Globes and counts Mindy Kaling and poet Amanda Gorman as clients—has made it abundantly clear that her West Hollywood home is merely an extension of her eponymous womenswear line. “It feels like the conversation I like to have with my customers,” she continues. “Which is about reimagining how prints, color, and pattern work without being overwhelming.”
A prime location (Chateau Marmont is on the corner) and ample storage sold Adeigbo on the second-floor walk-up before she saw it in person. “It was a huge leap of faith,” she says of her impromptu decision to relocate last June, after 17 years of living and working on the East Coast.
Just a month after Adeigbo moved in, she became the first Black woman to raise more than $1 million in capital for a fashion label. In November she appeared alongside her mentor, Tory Burch, in Vogue. Expansion was in the cards, for the woman and the brand.
Adeigbo’s favorite spot in her new home is her living room, where an expansive window fills the space with natural light. Propped on the walls behind the indelible cheetah sectional—Adeigbo’s mother passed her love of animal prints on to her daughter—are two framed pieces that inspired the rest of the room: an abstract watercolor by Kristi Kohut and Flower People, a photo series by Theresa Bear.
The coffee table is stacked with Autumn Adeigbo pink-fringed coasters, handmade by artisans in Rwanda, and fashion reads like Shirt Kings: Pioneers of Hip Hop Fashion by Edwin Phade Sacasa and Alain Ket Maridueaa. “I love to lay on my couch with my dog, Tuesday, and flip through the books for inspiration,” she says, although these days she uses the space as a backdrop for buyer and trunk-show Zooms.
Opposite the sofa, in the sunny dining nook, are four diverse portraits by Tatiana Poblah, a Black artist whom Adeigbo met at New York City’s Union Square Greenmarket a few years back. “I had no money but was moved to buy a bunch of her art,” she recalls.
Although Adeigbo’s bedroom walls are white and the bed frame a subtle fawn pattern, a painting by Parima Studio brings color into the space, as do the rosy bed linens. “I wanted this room to feel calmer,” she says, an intentional choice for sounder sleep. Of course, leopard print shows up here, too, on a bench where she keeps her laptop and magazines within arm’s reach.
Bold details carry over into Adeigbo’s design studio, a tiny one-bedroom–turned–workspace located directly across the street. “I don’t like traditional offices. They just feel so cold and impersonal,” she says. The mustard drapery, powder pink sofa, and layered rugs in the sitting area have the opposite effect.
Adeigbo has spent 20 years and counting building an ethical brand that empowers women globally. “I decided I didn’t care how long it took; this is the most important path and journey for me,” she says. It’s the exact same approach she’s taken with her personal spaces.
My biggest splurge: The One Kings Lane couch, which took six months to arrive.
This pattern is so me: The leopard print on the sofa and the zebra throw pillows.
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