Yinka Illori – Furniture design takes on new meaning

Yinka Ilori is truly one of my favourite London-based designers and people. He specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as a child.

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Each piece of furniture he creates tells a story.

Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka’s work touches on themes as various as hope, sexuality and social class. Conscious that the parables are as relevant today as ever, he wishes to share his work with people throughout the world.

Yinka is passionately against the unnecessary waste he has seen in European and West African consumer cultures and this drives him to reuse discarded furniture and other found objects. With each custom made piece inspired by a parable, he restores new life and purpose to reclaimed materials. His furniture takes on new meanings depending on how it is used or positioned. Ilori is interested in playing with the relationship between function and form and his work sits between traditional divisions of art and design.

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If Chairs Could Talk | The Shop at Bluebird | 2015

Photos from The Shop at Bluebird ‘If Chairs Could Talk’ a solo installation by artist Yinka Ilori. Launched in 2015 to coincide with London Design Week.nstallation will run for a six-week period.

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