DESIGN UNDEFINED: Q&A WITH YINKA ILORI

With only a few weeks to go until the second instalment of our convention-breaking, innovation-celebrating Design Undefined exhibition launches during The London Design Festival, we are struggling to stifle our excitement surrounding the incredible line-up set to take over the many rooms of Clerkenwell London!

Admired for his sustainability-led up-cycling projects, and driven by a passion to reduce the material waste that plagues Europe and West Africa’s consumer cultures, globally-acclaimed furniture designer Yinka Ilori will occupy our basement gallery with A Swimming Pool of Dreams, featuring a new collection of six chairs, all boasting captivating narratives born of a spiritual nostalgia for the many precious moments the London-based designer spent at the Margate coast celebrating faith, prayer and unity with his church congregation.

As the London-based designer prepares to unveil A Swimming Pool of Dreams to the crowds of The London Design Festival visitors who will explore Design Undefined, we asked Yinka to tell us a little more about his latest project in his own words.

What will you be showing at Design Undefined for LDF2016?
What I will be showing at Design Undefined for LDF 2016 is a furniture collection presented as an installation where people have to navigate through it to understand the narratives of each object. The collection will consist of six chairs, which will all have their own story to tell.

What are the influences and inspirations behind the work you are showing?
This collection is a part two, and a continuation from my latest collection of work commissioned by Milton Keynes Arts Centre titled Do Good Because of Tomorrow, where each chair is a catalyst that releases good energy into space from people that have “paid it forward”. These chairs will focus on six narratives based on people who have used their religious faith to pray for wealth, success, children, good health or anything that they want out of life.

What led you to exhibit at Clerkenwell London for LDF 2016?
The super kind Sabine Zetteler. She contacted me about this amazing opportunity and I could not say no! I then popped in to see the space and instantly fell in love with it, it’s such a beautiful space with some nice interiors and menswear.

Will your work be available to buy at the show?
Yes, my work will be available to buy at the show. It is also available to purchase online at yinkailori.com.

A Swimming Pool of Dreams will be on show as part of Design Undefined for the duration of The London Design Festival, 17 – 25 September 2016. 

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