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Our Founder

Lisiane, the founder, is a French-Gabonese women who draws her inspiration from her multicultural background. Born in Gabon, and growing up in South of France, Lisiane now finds herself living in London, having moved to England in 2006.  These three countries have defined who she is today and, inspired by her background and experience of these very different cultures, Nilare was brought to life.  

Having worked in the field of marketing in London for the past four years, Lisiane decided to pursue her passion for design and home décor by creating her own company specialising in discovering the beautiful designs of African craftspeople.  Her passion for home décor has been passed to her by her mother, an interior decorator, with an eye for exquisite and unusual objects. She taught Lisiane how to create a beautiful home with a personal touch.

A curiosity for new things and a desire to draw on the cultures, which have inspired her, allows Lisiane to continue her passion for blending African craftsmanship with interior design within Nilare.   “I am a ‘Citoyen du Monde’, as I can feel totally happy to be in a fast paced, modern city like in London and then go to Gabon, where I relax and enjoy the quiet atmosphere. I like being close to nature." Lisiane Ndong 2013

We travel to Gabon where we are able to meet with craftspeople. We design the products together and they manufacture the distinctive pieces found at Nilare. The artisans work within small communities where they are able to share their knowledge and develop a supportive network.