DESIGN JOBURG presented by Sanlam Private Wealth 2019 presented YINKA ILORI and MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES.
This year Design Joburg has teamed up with KOHLER to bring London based designer Yinka Ilori and Michael Anastassiades to the show as part of the line-up of speakers within the KOHLER Theatre.
Ilori is the winner of Elle Decoration’s British Design Awards for 2019, a tribute to this artist and designer’s dedication to representing his Nigerian heritage and his subsequent body of bold and layered work. Recognisable for his series of vintage chairs, constructed from parts of discarded furniture, Ilori has become an icon of the African diaspora whose work has evolved to include installations too. Born in London, but of Nigerian descent, he uses his heritage as a compass for his work which serves to weave African narrative into newfound form. Colourful and vibrant, sometimes decorative, sometimes functional, his furniture is far from merely an exercise in reuse, it’s steeped in meaning and serves to teach the user about morality, values and consumer wastage. This June, visitors to the London Festival of Architecture will be able to experience two of Ilori’s site specific works, The Dulwich Picture Gallery pavilion in collaboration with architects Pricegore and the Thessaly Road Railway bridge conversion.
There’s a common language that permeates Anastassiades’ anthology of products: restraint. His award winning luminaires, furniture and accessories all reveal the designer’s bent for simplicity, elegance and geometry. Both poetic and intelligent, his lights have won multiple awards, while Anastassiades has worked with the very best names in the design world including FLOS, Cassina, David Chipperfield and John Pawson to name a few. It’s perhaps his ability to walk the line between form and function, utility and fine art that makes him one of contemporary design’s most sought after creative forces.
Both Michael Anastassiades and Yinka Ilori will share their knowledge with visitors on Friday 24 May 2019 as the show opens its doors at the Sandton Convention Centre.