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Yinka Ilori creates immersive experience for Design Festival

CREATIVE: Yinka Ilori

BRITISH-NIGERIAN designer Yinka Ilori will launch a specially commissioned installation for the Africa Centre during London Design Festival, September 16 – 24, 2017.

The project called ‘A large Chair doesn’t make a King’ is an immersive installation that invites the audience to take a seat at one of four chairs mounted on stairs. On sitting, the participant will be treated to a parable representing the narrative of life. “The installation invites you to leave your ego at the door,” says Ilori. “It seeks to remind you that regardless of how successful you have been in life we all share the common link of humanity.”

The designer, who specializes in up-cycling vintage furniture and has exhibited at the Vitra Design Museum, the Southbank Centre and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, has previously worked with the Africa Centre on designing their co-working hub.

As a partner of London Design Festival, The Africa Centre will also host a series of workshops, film screenings and Afrobeat DJ nights. It is the first time the Africa Centre has been involved in the London Design Festival and its 15-year history.

A Chair Doesn't Make A King

“It is time to celebrate the best of the outstanding creative talent of black artists and designers,” said Anne-Lise Fotso, Project Manager at the Africa Centre. “The installation and workshops are part of showcasing new talent and continuing the longstanding heritage of the Centre in promoting the work of the diaspora.”

Heading up workshops during the week will be Chrissa Amuah, head of the handmade textiles and print studio AMWA Designs; Julie Kouamo, textile designer and founder of Kouamo, the travel-inspired brand for home interiors; and graduate of the renowned City Lit ceramics diploma course, Ranti Bamgbala whose collage-inspired ceramics have been featured in The Financial Times.

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