There’s a Reason Every Piece in This Collection Looks Like a Very Cool Work of Art
A Nigerian artist’s ultra-vibrant vision brought to home goods.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:14 AM
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The chromatic pattern-on-pattern trend isn’t new to the design scene. It’s the foundation of many of our favorite brands, including Marimekko, La DoubleJ, and Dusen Dusen. But we find ourselves seeing mix-and-match maximalism with fresh eyes in 2021. Just a touch of it brings optimism, creativity, and even humor into a home—things we’re all craving as we come out of the pandemic.
Case in point: British-Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori’s vibrant designs, from color-blocked painted chairs to murals spanning entire building facades. We’ve always admired his work from afar, but beginning today you can bring that positive energy into your space via Ilori’s first homeware collection at Moda Operandi. The textiles and tabletop goods, starting at $55, are so much fun they’re almost psychedelic.
Ilori draws inspiration from the traditional fabrics he grew up around. “It’s a colorful celebration of two cultures expressed through abstract, Technicolor patterns and contemporary craft,” he says. The spotted-and-striped cushions add an instant mood boost to your sofascape, and the $60 melamine tray is an ideal catchall on a nightstand—it will be the first thing you see every morning, setting the tone for your day.
Although you may be tempted to simply admire your buys on a prominent shelf. “I’ve worked on several items that act as individual canvases,” says Ilori. “It is left to you to decide whether they will be functional or art.”