Nigerian-born, London-based designer Duro Olowu was recently enlisted by Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America, to decorate The White House for 2015 Christmas celebrations.
Olowu, along with other iconic designers and Obama favorites Carolina Herrera, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and KENZO, decorated a trio of rooms on the ground floor of the White House.
Herrera decorated the China Room while Lim and Leon were responsible for the library. The Vermeil Room went to Olowu.
In an interview with Vogue, Olowu described the process, saying “My idea is to create a beautiful feast for the eyes, reminiscent of a warm and joyful season, filled with international treasures and signature fabrics.”
The Nigerian designer’s take on Christmas includes two 8-foot-tall Christmas trees, draped with vintage African fabrics, ribbons, and encrusted tinsel and ornaments.