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Exhibitions

Restoration Station x Yinka Ilori

16 September 2017

Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm
118 Shoreditch High St

Restoration Station

Set up by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust, Restoration Station is a non-profit social initiative that uses design and making as a tool to help people recover from addiction and re-engage with the world of creative work. Participants in the programme are trained in woodworking and the restoration of vintage furniture – much of it donated – at the enterprise’s studio at the New Hanbury Project, where they also receive specialist instruction from local craftspeople. Every Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Restoration Station’s workshop on Shoreditch High Street opens to sell beautifully restored 20th-century pieces – including antique furniture, tools, ceramics and toys. The workshop is also available for commission – Restoration Station’s work can already be found in cafés, restaurants and shops throughout the local area.

A specialist in up-cycled, vintage furniture, Yinka Ilori is a designer driven by a desire to eradicate the unnecessary waste of materials perpetuated by European and West African consumer culture. Having studied Furniture and Product Design at London Metropolitan University, Yinka’s socially-conscious work has been showcased at solo exhibitions around the globe, such as Do Good Because Of Tomorrow at Milton Keynes Arts Centre in July 2016, Belong Here Now at Design Miami in December 2015, If Chairs Could Talk at The Shop at Bluebird in September 2015, This Is Where It Started at The Whitespace Gallery in Lagos in October 2014 and many more.

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