Another Africa 2012

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.