Yinka Ilori: Types of Happiness
This summer, artist/designer Yinka Ilori’s first public realm artwork, Happy Street – commissioned by Wandsworth Council in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture – will transform the railway bridge on Thessaly Road in Nine Elms.
In anticipation of the bridge’s makeover, Types of Happiness is a new solo exhibition by artist Yinka Ilori, inspired by the 16 different types of happiness incorporated into his Happy Street bridge artwork. A rollercoaster of emotions is expressed through the colours and patterns carefully painted on each of his bespoke chairs. Each unique piece of furniture is intended to evoke a different type of emotion or feeling. Visitors are encouraged to look beneath each chair to discover the type of happiness which inspired its creation.
The exhibition also features a scale model of the bridge design and a large-scale drawing of Happy Street, coloured in by Ilori and members of the local Nine Elms community.
London-based artist Yinka Ilori specialises in telling stories through furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as a child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal tradition into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s work touches on various global themes that resonate with different audiences all over the world.