Founded in 2010, Design by Ini is the independent design studio of designer Ini Archibong. Archibong’s work is characterised by a deep interest in craftsmanship and integrity to his chosen material. His designs are enthralling, confounding and inspiring - inviting viewers to touch beyond the sublime in their encounter. His work draws from architecture, environmental and product design, as well as lifelong passions for mathematics, philosophy and world religions. As a son of Nigerian immigrants to the United States, and a resident of US, Singapore and Switzerland, his diverse personal and professional background underlines his design ethic and ethos. “Ini has become one of America’s design ‘storytellers’, where product and narrative share equal billing”, said longtime mentor and collaborator Jerry Helling, Creative Director, Bernhardt Design.
Archibong’s work has been exhibited globally at design events and in galleries including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery in Pasadena, Triode in Paris, and the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi in Milan, amongst others. The Atlas Dining Chair, created as part of Sé Collection IV was acquired by The Met Museum for its permanent collection in 2021.
Working intimately with a variety of materials including glass, marble and leather, Ini’s practice is informed by the inherent properties unique to these materials. As a result, leading houses such as La Montre Hermès, de Sede, Ruinart, Christofle, Bernhardt Design and Herman Miller have consulted Archibong’s expertise in design and brand strategies.
Archibong graduated from the Art Center College of Design and ÉCAL and has previously been an ICFF Studio and Best of Neocon Award winner.
Archibong currently lives and works in Switzerland.