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 he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design, Ilori’s work touches on global themes of hope, sexuality and social class through parables that resonate with audiences worldwide. Ilori is interested in playing with the relationship between function and form and his work sits between traditional divisions of art and design.
Ilori studied Furniture and Product Design at London Metropolitan University and has since exhibited internationally in solo shows at The Whitespace Gallery, London Design Week, Vitra Design Museum, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, The Africa Centre, The British Library, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Whitespace Gallery Lagos, Southbank Centre and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Ilori is currently under commission to the London Borough of Wandsworth to redesign the Thessaly Road underpass in Nine Elms, London and to Dulwich Picture Gallery, where his Colour Palace will open in June 2019.