Restoration Station x Yinka Ilori

11th September 2017
Restoration Station x Yinka Ilori Chair. Credit Dan Weill Photography

Restoration Station x Yinka Ilori Chair. Image by Dan Weill Photography

We’re delighted to announce that we have joined forces with Yinka Ilori, a London-based Nigerian designer, to create a unique collection of furniture for London Design Festival 2017 .

You can see the amazing results in our workshop from 16 to 24 September where the collection will be displayed during the Festival. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday 9.30am-5pm, with late opening until 8 on Thursdays.

Yinka Ilori is known for his vibrant, contrasting colours and patterns reminiscent of African print designs and referencing memories of his own life, the Nigerian parables he was told as a child, and the people he remembers from his youth in Islington. He ran two workshops with Restoration Station trainees, helping to unleash their creative skills on a careful edit of donated chairs, teaching them how to express meaning with colour and pattern, and sharing with them the secrets of his own aesthetic approach.

Although Yinka Ilori pieces often sell for £1,000 or more, the chairs from this collaboration will be auctioned with much lower starting prices, making this both an unprecedented opportunity to acquire a Yinka Ilori-guided design for a fraction of the usual cost, and a chance to support the recovery of people whose lives have been affected by addiction. Bidding will open on Saturday September 16 at online charity auction site, Jumblebee.

The Restoration Station team would like to give a huge “thank you” to Yinka for invigorating our workshop with such positive energy and being so generous with his time. We love the injection of colour and vibrancy.

Masses of appreciation also to Sabine and the incredible team at Zetteler for proposing this exhibition and introducing our team to Yinka. Delivering this as a pro bono project with such a lovely group of volunteers is truly exceptional!

Photo credit: Dan Weill