London-based multidisciplinary artist Yinka Ilori has launched his first collection of housewares, overflowing with juicy, saturated colors and geometrically bold patterns. Ilori is of British Nigerian descent and uses his heritage to tell stories through contemporary design. Each project exudes fun and joy, brings Nigeria’s verbal tradition to the conversation, and touches on global issues that will appeal to audiences around the world.
My first housewares collection is a continuation of design work inspired by my own British-Nigerian heritage and childhood. It’s a colorful celebration of two cultures, expressed through abstract, colored patterns and contemporary craftsmanship. Unexpected, functional household items that evoke memories of my own upbringing have been reworked as colorful works of art. Each one has their own narrative and backstory that is intended to convey a sense of optimism and joy and, in its own little way, to act as a distraction for the dark times we face this year.
Learn more about YInka Ilori’s first collection of housewares at shop.yinkailori.com.
Photos by Andy Stagg.