Last weekend I had a very colourful editorial assignment photographing Yinka Ilori. Artist, furniture designer and storyteller. He rescues forgotten chairs and furniture recycling them into a mix of post-modernist studio Memphis with an African twist.
Editorial portraits of Yinka Ilori, artist, furniture designer and storyteller, born in England of Nigerian heritage.
My brief was to take editorial portraits, document the process of the creative workshop, and details. On this evening the workshop is to transform old, mundane chairs into colourful, bold works of art. The venue is the Africa Centre, housed in three neighbouring buildings in cool Southwark railway arches. When I arrived the workshop was in full flow. Ten people energetically sanding their chairs. Two DJ’s setting the mood by playing African Beat music at a mixing desk within the studio.
Yinka is a rising star, in the past month he has had four projects featured in London Design Festival.
Yinka is tall, relaxed, friendly and at 30 wears his talent and critical success with modest ease. Just in the past month has had four projects featured in the London Design Festival: an exhibition at the Africa Centre; a play space in the lobby of citizenM hotel in Shoreditch; a series of chairs made with recovering addicts at the social enterprise The Restoration Station; and a design salon installation at the NOW Gallery.
On this evening his workshop is to transform old, mundane chairs into colourful, bold works of art. The venue is the Africa Centre, housed in three neighbouring buildings in cool Southwark railway arches. The workshop is in tangent with Yinka’s immersive installation based on the parable “A Large Chair Does Not Make a King” – with chairs mounted on stairs painted in Yinka’s bright colours, vivid palette of sunny candy hues.