Yinka Ilori references a beloved childhood memory in a playful installation that he has kindly donated to Bow Arts Trust to be installed at Royal Albert Wharf. Originally part of London Design Festival 2017 commissioned by CitizenM Hotel, Estate Playground draws upon Ilori’s memories of the public playground from his youth. The playground the meeting space of his youth that provided an oasis within the brutalist architecture surrounding him. It was a place where people would discuss issues, share problems and ultimately connect with each other. Bow Arts Trust envisage that it will become a similar center piece for the emerging community at Royal Albert Wharf.
Photo by Rob Harris
Yinka Ilori hopes the installation will prompt dialogue and be appreciated for its practical, aesthetic, and symbolic qualities in its new Royal Albert Wharf home.
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 a child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design, his work touches on themes as various as hope, sexuality and social class. Conscious that the parables are as relevant today as ever, Ilori wishes to share his work with people throughout the world.
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