NAME TO WATCH AC­CORD­ING TO SIR DAVID ADJAYE YINKA ILORI

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Ar­chi­tect Sir David Adjaye was awarded the Pan­erai Lon­don De­sign Medal for his ‘out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to de­sign’ at last year’s Lon­don De­sign Fes­ti­val and was knighted for ser­vices to ar­chi­tec­ture in the new year. He tells us why de­signer Yinka Ilori ( be­low) is one to watch (adjaye.com).

‘Yinka’s work tells a play­ful, hu­mor­ous story,’

says Adjaye, ‘but look be­neath and there’s a real rich­ness and depth.’ Lon­don­based de­signer Ilori’s work is in­spired by the African prints and the tales that he grew up with. Whether he’s work­ing on fur­ni­ture or in­stal­la­tions, Ilori’s work sings with colour, en­ergy and a tongue-in-cheek nar­ra­tive on Nige­rian tra­di­tions and mod­ern day cul­ture. Dur­ing Lon­don De­sign Fes­ti­val (16–24 Septem­ber) visit his pat­tern­filled play­ground ( be­low) out­side of Cit­i­zen M ho­tel in Shored­itch and the ‘A Large Chair Doesn’t Make a King’ in­stal­la­tion at The Africa Cen­tre (yinkailori.com).

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