Ilori holds the belief that chairs are part of our life story, and carefully selects each chair he works with from charity shops and pre-loved furniture stores. Ilori consolidates his fascination for nostalgia in every layer of his designs, due to his decision to embed new narratives onto chairs, which bring their own previous history.
Furthermore, his decision to transform discarded furniture and objects into luxuries is inspired by his passion for repurposing the unnecessary waste we generate in consumer cultures. Ilori’s considered application of materials and narrative elevate every pre-loved piece into desirable luxuries that convey new purpose and meaning.
As Ilori progresses to establish his practice, his projects are expanding in cultural symbolism, boldness, and colour. By bringing alive complex cultural narratives, Ilori is making new waves through designing spaces and installations that emphasise his love for colour.
Ilori’s recent works, driven by a deep need to create joy and inclusivity in our public spaces, appear to be underpinned by the ethos of placemaking — a form of urban planning that aims to transform public spaces with the intention of promoting inclusivity, people’s health, happiness, and well-being.
Ilori applies the bold colours surrounding him in his Nigerian communities, and, thus, unapologetically draws attention to the designs and environments he creates. His recent project, Estate Playground, is an indulgence of memories of his childhood playground in London. The colourful space, installed among brutalist London architecture, was designed to prompt dialogue, build human connection, and provoke joy among the locals.