A Trifle of Colour – Yinka Ilori (United Kingdom)

The manner in which we sit shapes our bodies, but also exerts an influence on our thinking and behaviour. A Trifle of Colour, a seating system by London-based designer and artist Yinka Ilori, invites users to look at the chair as a social tool and to examine the role it plays in shaping human interactions. A Trifle of Colour is a chair-bench hybrid made with removable and adjustable backrests, inviting the sitter to decide the chair’s figuration and role for themselves. The installation itself is built from multiple layered sheets of ply-board, each of which is upholstered in a different textile and arranged in a cross formation. For the installation, Ilori chose to work with Kvadrat Febrik’s Sprinkles textile, praising the material for the variety of colours, textures and patterns it provides. 

Yinka Ilori

Yinka Ilori is a London-based artist-designer, who fuses his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design. His work has been exhibited at venues including the British Library, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Vitra Design Museum, and his public commissions include the Colour Palace pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, with architecture practice Pricegore. In 2019, Ilori won New Designer at the Elle Decoration British Design Awards.