Born in 1987, this union called Hammerhead Ethnika has grown into a 10,000 square feet of space, gifted and skilled craftsmen; concentrated supervision and the creation, best understood in testimonial perspectives that many have shared. We share a few below from acclaimed luminaries of the arts and the humanities.

A ROMANTIC FUSION OF DISTANT CULTURES AND SENSIBILITIES:

“Tony Akudinobi’s pieces captures this dichotomy that is clearly metamorphosing into a romantic fusion of distant cultures and sensibilities. The furnitures or whatever anyone may choose to call them is an interpretation of our newfound globalisation. Tonys chairs are constantly wondering how African are continually striving to adopt alien and contemporary trends whist holding fast their ideals and traditions as Africans.”

– UCHE JAMES-IROHA

MADE FOR WELL-GROUNDED SENSUALISM PERIOD:

Hammerhead Ethnika by Tony Akudinobi are “Statements from a renascent spirit steeped in the traditions of African design re-presented in the contemporary. These works bear the imprint of Africa’s ancient traditions and yet seek commensurate space within a global design consciousness that lays claim to some modernity.”

– PROF. FRANK UGIOMOH

GOD SAID IT IS GOOD:

“Why is Tony Akudinobi special and not common, yet he creates?…..He is because he creates ORDER, he relives the Ma’at on woods….He is the master of an order needed to “go inside” and look within by tickling the switch of harmonies. Tony restores chaos like Gods, to reclaim creation, therefore Tony as a creator is the Master of chaos, hence, his power over Orders the ways and manners his semantic over woods defined him, he restores order, therefore, his work is in harmony with nature.”

– CHIKE MICHAEL AMENE

HISTORY AND IDENTITY: RE-TRANSLATING TRADITION:

“Akudinobi’s furniture and the designs which they purvey are tacitly historical as they are valid translations of the past which we all share as Africans. His designs can be said to distil the past in tangible ways for contemporary appropriation and appreciation…furniture may appear rustic. That look is deliberate. It locates us as it locates him within contemporary productions of culture. It does this within a natural human instinct to always seek essence in effort to link back to the roots.”

– UZOR MAXIM UZOATU

SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD PAINT AS TONY CARPENTERS:

“Tony creates with the rare simplicity of a child-totally unencumbered by guilt , condemnation and the fear that someone is looking over your shoulder to quench your flame…still innocent and pure in creative impulses, no Paradise Lost.”

– NSIKAK ESSIEN

A ROMANTIC FUSION OF DISTANT CULTURES AND SENSIBILITIES:

“Tony Akudinobi’s pieces captures this dichotomy that is clearly metamorphosing into a romantic fusion of distant cultures and sensibilities. The furnitures or whatever anyone may choose to call them is an interpretation of our newfound globalisation. Tonys chairs are constantly wondering how African are continually striving to adopt alien and contemporary trends whist holding fast their ideals and traditions as Africans.”

– UCHE JAMES-IROHA

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