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Yinka Ilori

Types of Happiness, 2019

Mild stainless steel frame covered with glass fibre and resin 320 x 122 x 144 cm each

Types of Happiness are two 10ft high sculptural chairs, highly coloured with a Dutch wax print-like pattern. They are part of a collection of six chairs, where the artist explores the sixteen different types of happiness, which include pride, strength, excitement, happiness, calmness and determination. Each of the six chairs is ascribed a different type and he uses the same colours in each but in different combinations to impact experience. The chairs were designed as part of a brand partnership with LIFEWTR and were first exhibited in Brick Lane Yard in August 2019, as part of the launch to celebrate the artist’s work in London. Yinka Ilori is interested to see how audiences interact with the chairs, their colour composition, identity and what attracts them to each chair. The two chairs on The Line represent happiness and pride.


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Yinka Ilori (b.1987, London) is a multidisciplinary artist who specialises in storytelling by fusing his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design. He studied Furniture and Product Design at London Metropolitan University (2006-09) and began his practice in 2011 up-cycling vintage furniture. More recently, his work has grown in scale to include designs and installations for exhibitions and city spaces, including Happy Street at Nine Elms, The Colour Palace at Dulwich Picture Gallery and Get Up Stand Up at Somerset House (all 2019). He lives and works in London.