Yinka Ilori

Yinka Ilori is a London based designer. He specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story.

Yinka is passionately against the unnecessary waste he has seen in European and West African consumer cultures, driving him to reuse discarded furniture and other found objects. With each custom-made piece inspired by a parable, Yinka restores new life and purpose to reclaimed materials. His furniture takes on new meanings depending on how it is used or positioned.

Yinka is interested in playing with the relationship between function and form and his work sits between traditional divisions of art and design.