Yinka Ilori is a East London based designer. He holds a BA (hons) degree in furniture and product design from London Metropolitan University and has since specialised in up-cycling vintage furniture inspired by traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that he grew up with as a child. Each piece of furniture that he up-cycles tells a meaningful, yet humorous story which can be shared with people throughout the world.
His design approach starts with the dismantling of the original components, which he then re-assembles into a new piece ready for use again. Deeply aware and passionately against the unnecessary waste of modern consumer societies in western society. Yinka Ilori also happily accepts unwanted or damaged furniture from private individuals, so that he can save, rehabilitate, and beautify them for future use, giving them a hint of Yinka Ilori’s signature Nigerian parables.
Yinka Ilori has exhibited in London, New York, Germany, Milan and currently has his own first highly anticipated solo show taking place in Shoreditch East London at the The Old Shoreditch Station titled ‘It Started With A Parable’.
All of his work is available to purchase directly through him and a selection of online boutiques in London.
Alternatively you can view his work by appointment at his East London studio.