During the 6-week exhibition, coinciding with London Design Festival and in his first presentation of new work since Milan Design Week, Yinka Ilori adds pieces to his collection by using a combination of vintage modernist furniture and traditional stories from his childhood, creating one-off pieces inspired by traditional Nigerian parables and story-telling, creating meaningful yet humorous furniture designs. You can join Yinka at The Old Shoreditch Station for live up-cycling sessions, using pieces donated by JaguarShoes and vintage modernist furniture from across East London, working in all three spaces, the building itself having been renovated and up-cycled by its owners JaguarShoes Collective.
Furniture designer Yinka Ilori presents ‘It started with a parable’, a solo installation in collaboration with Look Like Love. Yinka uses traditional Nigerian parables to create meaningful_yet humorous, up-cycled furniture, which has been donated by the JaguarShoes Collective. Yinka Ilori ‘It started with a parable’ 1 Kingsland Rd E2 8AA 12th Sept-24th Nov Mon-Tues 8am-11pm Wed-Fri 8am-1am Sat 10am-1am Sun 10am-11pm Late event Tues 17th until 11pm http://www.jaguarshoes.com
AFROBUZZ : Parables Come Alive With Yinka We head down to Yinka Ilori’s furniture exhibition ‘It Started With A Parable’. – See more at: http://www.voxafrica.co.uk/afrobuzz/video/?v=0_almi1475#sthash.YietNiLt.dpuf
Time Out says Thu Aug 15 2013 Yinka Ilori, a young furniture designer who re-works old pieces to give them a fresh spin, is showing a solo exhibit at the Old Shoreditch Station. The installation, called ‘It Started With A Parable’, uses Nigerian stories to re-imagine furniture with a sense of humour. The exhibit is co-curated by Look Like Love, an organization that nurtures young designers, and Jaguarshoes Collective has donated all of their furniture so Ilori will demonstrate live how he up-cycles tired pieces. And if you’re not the crafty type to re-work your own furniture, the original Ilori works will be also be up for sale.
At Old Shoreditch Station, meanwhile, furniture designer, Yinka Ilori will present his first London solo show, It Started with a Parable. The collection is inspired by traditional Nigerian parables and story-telling.
EXPLORE THE AFROFUTURE FORGET WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT AFRICA, THE WORLD’S SECOND-LARGEST CONTINENT IS JOURNEYING TO NEW FRONTIERS. COME FACE TO FACE WITH THIS INSPIRING VISION AS YOU ADVENTURE WITH LA RINASCENTE INTO AN AFROFUTURIST DESIGN CULTURE.
Curated by London-based writer and critic Beatrice Galilee, who last year organised an exhibition about hacking in the same location, Afrofutureexplores the past, present and future of design, architecture, art, music and politics across the continent.
Yinka Ilori – The Art of Storytelling – Courtesy of Press Office – See more at: http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/parties-events/2013/04/afrofuture#sthash.Z5d4RiI2.dpuf
5 Designers Of The African Diaspora You Need To Know Stephen Burks, an industrial designer and founder of ReadyMade, has done a lifetime’s worth of work with craft technique. His design philosophy advocates for a new kind of luxury, one that betrays the handiwork of those who made it and the materials that went into it. He argues that artisanal crafts belong in the contemporary design world, and so far, he’s been right: He’s worked with Moroso, and has had solo shows at both the Museum of Art and Design and The Studio Museum Harlem.However, in this way, he has also been tokenized by the design world— he has become “the” go-to designer “African” objects. The following product designers may not have the same name recognition as Stephen Burks, but they are doing similarly brilliant work that engages with Africa and its culture. (If you want to know more about Stephen Burks, read more about him hereand here. ) Not all of the designers on this list live in Africa, but their products orbit around the overpowering idea of Africa. Diasporic, which refers to the dispersion of African peoples throughout the world, is perhaps the closest we can come to naming them. The ideas they grapple with are similar to Burks’s: recycling and reuse as a way of telling complex stories of translation, hybridity as a way to express a continual cycle of exchange, the lost art of the handmade object and how it speaks to a global economy, and so forth. They all bring insights and subversions to an often staid, predictable field.
Passionate, is an appropriate term to describe London born, Nigerian furniture maker Yinka Ilori. A young talent, his vision is to create a bespoke yet sustainable design collection. By sourcing used, vintage or discarded furniture, or in his words ‘pre-loved’, he is changing the way we view design. Upcycling, not often synonymous with the design industry, is the starting point for his process, as you won’t find any sketchbooks or drawings scattered about his workspace. For Ilori, the beauty of upcycling comes from the using an existing furniture frame to guide his thought process and to shape his ideas. The results are revived, one-off designs that have his signature; vibrant painted wood, an infusion of a delicate pattern, striking fabric cushions.
Drum roll please… introducing product designer and London Metropolitan University graduate, Yinka. You may not of heard of him as yet, but pull out your pencil and take note. Working with old and unloved furniture, Yinka recycles and reworks each piece to produce a brand new creation. We’re pleased to say thattwenty%extra will be working with Yinka to help build his brand. We popped down to the British Library’s Spring Festival this week where Yinka won a competition for one of the fair’s limited stands. Yinka’s pieces caught the eye of the spring fair goers and his mailing list happily grew too. The future looks as bright as an orange lacquer finish. Snaps :: Ansel Neckles @ twenty%extra
Think The British Library is just for dusty academics and clever clogs? The Spring Festival, from 1-5 March, should change your mind. Aimed at creative types but available to everyone, there are various workshops, including the Art of Illustration with the likes of Quentin Blake and Jamie Hewlett, but we’re heading to the Spring Market in the library’s Piazza on Thursday 1 March. Twelve designer-makers have been chosen from 80 entries into a competition of people who had used the library in some way to develop their work. Or if you’re just looking for design inspiration, trawl the library’s fabulous archive and collections, including Japanese woodcuts, textile designs, fashion magazines, vintage knitting patterns, photographs, maps, stamps – and curators more than happy to guide you in the right direction. Click through for a taste of the Spring Market designers
We’ve had an exciting and sleepless week. We launched the beta version of the new LBB websiteas well as making our press debut. This Tuesday we featured in the Metro’s ‘Behind the idea’; a section dedicated to creative industry and understanding the inspiration behind the idea. Get it… The piece featured our roster of emerging creative talent; Sky Nash, Martina Paukova and Yinka Ilori. Hit the link to download the full article here.