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Out & About: Yinka Illori – A Burst of Colour


Yinka Ilori is a London based British-Nigerian artist who uses found furniture to create colourful designs and large-scale installations. His work is inspired by the Nigerian parables and fabrics that surrounded him as a child and each of his designs tells a story.

Yinka Ilori’s ‘A Trifle of Colour’ design was created for Kvadrat and will be on show at the 3DaysofDesign exhibition in Denmark this week.

We love Kvadrat wools and have used a pile stacked on the steps in the lobby at The Soho Hotel so guests can sit and look upon our much loved sculpture by Fernando Botero.

These wools are also great for applique designs and embroideries. We’ve used similar wools to create our new ‘Kit’s Couture Wing Chair’ now available on Shop Kit Kemp, which can be personalised with your own initials.

Yinka Illori’s Selfridges Windows: Project Earth

Yinka Illori’s window display for Selfridges is a colourful explosion created as part of their sustainability initiative, Project Earth. The bold colours are sure to make you smile and it certainly brightens up Oxford Street.

The large installations have been created from recycled or sustainably sourced materials. Eco paints have been used throughout and the Vinyl is PVC free which means it can be incinerated for energy use.

I love seeing how creatively Yinka uses brushes, baskets, brooms, plates and many other household items. Under his magic spell they are transformed into scenes reminiscent of morning sunshine and fields of sunflowers!

Free for everybody to enjoy, we highly recommend a visit. While you are in the area, why not pop into The New Craftsmen around the corner and enjoy some British craft followed by afternoon tea at Ham Yard Hotel.

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