The Shop at Bluebird presents ‘If Chairs Could Talk’ a solo installation by artist Yinka Ilori, 19th September to 27th November 2015.

The Shop at Bluebird proudly presents ‘If Chairs Could Talk’ a solo installation by artist Yinka Ilori. Launching to coincide with London Design Week the installation will run for a six week period.

Yinka Ilori specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child. Bringing Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design each piece of furniture he creates tells a story.

In this body of work he will present a series of five chairs, using each of them as a narrator to create a captivating collective of modern art that mimics characters from his childhood. More specifically the exhibition focuses on the well-known African parable “Despite How Long the neck of a giraffe is, it can’t see the future” creating a thought provoking installation that gives the audience an insight into the artists journey to adulthood.

Yinka Ilori is passionately against the unnecessary waste he has seen in European and West African consumer cultures and which drives him to reuse discarded furniture and other found objects. This process restores new life and purpose to reclaimed materials allowing them to take on new meanings.

Photos: Veerle Evens


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Yinka Ilori. Image by Veerle Evens