Yinka Ilori is the master of using color to transform the mundane into the fantastic. The British-Ghanaian designer first came on the scene for his colorful repurposing of unwanted furniture, and he continues to brighten the world with his expanding collection of home goods. Ilori’s nostalgic homeware collection set out to turn functional household items into joyful artworks, and this year he added to the range, introducing covetable bowls, mugs, tumblers, tablecloths, placemats, tea towels and trays. His bone China plate decorated with the words ‘Better days are coming I promise’ was originally commissioned by The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Another addition to Ilori’s collection is 30 limited-edition stackable stools. Each hand-painted plywood Square Stool evokes the playroom of a happy childhood, and the stools are delivered in art edition boxes that transform into unique decoupage artworks. The stackable stools featured in Ilori’s transformation of Superblue Miami’s Blue Rider Café, commissioned to mark Design Miami 2021, and inspired by Miami’s Art Deco facades and laid-back tropical vibe.
SOURCE: DESIGN INDABA