Interview with furniture designer Yinka Ilori of Yinksdesigns

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I first came across furniture designer Yinka Ilori's work at the African and African- Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) exhibition a couple of months ago. His use of bold colour and pattern drew my eye. I later learned that Yinka specializes in upcycling discarded furniture. Passionately against the unnecessary waste of consumerist culture, Yinka is doing his bit, one piece of furniture at a time. Today, the London-based designer and entrepreneur shares his story.

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La Petite Congolaise at the Re-Loved Lounge

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La Petite Congolaise Re-Loved Chair

I missed the Re-Loved Lounge last month: African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora designers transformed a space at the annual 100% Design show into a playful sitting area with upcycled furniture.
Laurence Kanza, aka La Petite Congolaise, was one of those designers and she shared a picture for all of us who couldn't be there – a before and after shot of one of her upcycled dining room chairs.

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Visit to ?Choices!: The 2011 African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival

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The week's art theme continues …

I made it to the AACDD exhibit at the Bargehouse, last week. With African and African-Caribbean artists representing several art and design disciplines (however video and animation were noticeably absent), it's definitely worth a visit. The show is open until the 25th so you still have some time. Visit the Afri-love Facebook page to see more of the pieces that especially caught my eye.

Photos taken on my phone (i.e. they do not do the work justice), with permission of the AACDD. 
Top: A beautiful installation inspired by Ethiopian and Eritrean coffee ceremonies – 'Derdja', by Jonathan Hagos
Mid left: Table by Yinka Ilori
Mid right: Dovetail stool by Taslim Martin
Bottom left: By Berjo Mouanga
Bottom right: (if anyone has the name of the artist, please let me know)

African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival begins

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The African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) Festival begins today. One year on from the successful debut show, the 2011 exhibition will be open from tomorrow until the 25th of September. More details can be found on the AACDD site.

To all in London who manage to visit – I look forward to hearing what you enjoyed and experienced.

As part of the festivities, on Thursday 22nd September, there will be a panel discussion which I'll be participating in with other black creatives from various disciplines. Stay tuned for more details soon.