Yinka Ilori is a British Nigerian designer based in North West London. His work is bold and colourful with an instantly recognisable and joyful colour palette of bright pink, orange, yellow and blue. Yinka studied product and furniture design at London Metropolitan University and has since gone on to work on many exciting and immersive projects with the likes of The Dulwich Picture Gallery, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital (NHS), Selfridges and most recently, The Brit Awards.
We visited Yinka and his team in their bright and colourful studio in North West London earlier this year. We discuss his love of colour, his family heritage and the projects he’s most proud of, old and new.
Your work is always a tangible, physical thing – has this always been intentional?
Have you always wanted people to feel joy from experiencing your work?
Where do you think your love for colour comes from?
Do you have a favourite project of the past few years?
Are you listening to anything at the moment that you’d like to recommend?
Do you have any exciting, new projects that you’re able to share with us?
What inspired the homeware collection?
How easy is it to practice sustainability with the work that you do?
What is your favourite Evermore scent?
Light – we first started burning it in the winter in the studio and it was a really citrusy, summer fragrance to brighten the colder days. What’s nice about scent is that you can sometimes remember moments or places that you might have been and when we started burning it in winter, it reminded me of the summer time.
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– Images by Liz Seabrook