Victoria Adesanmi was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and raised in a traditional Nigerian household, ultimately defying the traditional expectations to pursue a creative career. After earning her bachelor’s degree in industrial design with a minor in textile technology at North Carolina State University, she went onto work as a color and material designer at Adidas for collaborators such as Beyoncé and Jonah Hill. After a bold realization (more on that below), she pivoted towards interiors, launching Aesthetics Studios, a multidisciplinary design studio that focuses on interior design, creative direction, and everyday objects through reimagination and storytelling. Take 5 Minutes With Victoria to learn more about that realization, her sources of inspiration, and what she has planned next.
MY LIGHT-BULB MOMENT:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for interior design, and I love it so much. However, in 2017 I attended a Jay-Z concert in Portland, OR and I gave my homegirl an entire dissertation regarding the stage design. I kid you not, an article came out the following week in Architectural Digest and it included everything I had mentioned. And for me, that was the wink from God I needed to officially expand my career into interior design.
I’m a firm believer, God will give you a wink more than once, so if you’re reading this pay attention to those nudges.
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I pray and spend time with God to set my intentions for the day. I also can’t start my day without my iced matcha latte.
Staying committed to the process and the journey regardless of what it may look like at times. Showing up.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
A bottle of water and my iPhone. I have to stay hydrated, and I love to capture inspiration in real time.
MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
I have way too many to mention, but ultimately my dream would be to collaborate with brands who sit outside of interior design. I love approaching collaborations in an unconventional way and I think it would be dope to bring my design sensibilities to a brand who is outside of my world.
THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN LOS ANGELES:
As of today, Mexico City. I’m obsessed. However, ask me again in a couple of weeks because it may be Tokyo.
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
A few things! I love to travel, so I’ll probably book a trip. There’s something beautiful about the art of discovery and leaving an environment you’re familiar with to be present in a new city. I also love to watch runway shows to pull fashion inspiration. Lastly, I love to watch documentaries and listen to interviews of people that I admire.
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Stop worrying so much because everything will work itself out. It’s funny because I can’t even tell you what I was worried about 5 years ago.
IN 5 YEARS, FIND ME:
Designing your favorite boutique hotel.
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Trust your gut. It will never lead you astray.