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Yinka Ilori — Up-cycling Vintage Furniture — East London, UK

From his East London Studio, Yinka upcycles chairs. So far, so hipster-maker cliché, but the difference is that Yinka has a talent for using his work to communicate narratives and evoke strong emotional responses.

Yinka 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 child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s 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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