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London Design Festival: Yinka Ilori A Chair Doesn’t Make A King

London Design Festival: Yinka Ilori A Chair Doesn’t Make A King

British-Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori’s specially commissioned installation will launch at the Africa Centre during London Design Festival, as part of a partnership between the two organizations.

The project called ‘A large Chair doesn’t make a King’ is an immersive installation that invites the audience to take a seat at one of four chairs mounted on stairs. On sitting, the participant will be treated to a parable representing the narrative of life.

Ilori stated.

“The installation invites you to leave your ego at the door. It seeks to remind you that regardless of how successful you have been in life we all share the common link of humanity.”

Ilori specializes in up-cycling vintage furniture and has exhibited at the Vitra Design Museum, the Southbank Centre and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao,  and worked with the Africa Centre on designing their co-working hub.

The Africa Centre will host a series of workshops, film screenings and Afrobeat DJ nights as part of the partnership.

“It is time to celebrate the best of the outstanding creative talent of black artists and designers,” said Anne-Lise Fotso, Project Manager at the Africa Centre.

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During the festival week workshops at the Africa Centre will be led by well-known designers and brands which include: Chrissa Amuah, head of the handmade textiles and print studio AMWA Designs; Julie Kouamo, textile designer and founder of Kouamo, the travel-inspired brand for home interiors; Ranti Bamgbala whose collage-inspired ceramics have been featured in The Financial Times.

When: 16 – 24 September 2017  For venue details, times and full programmes go to: and