Cass alumnus named one of London’s most influential people

Alumnus Yinka Ilori named London's most influential visual designer.

Date: 02 November 2018

Yinka Ilori, a Cass Furniture alumnus and London-based designer, has been named the most influential visual designer in London by the Evening Standard.

The Evening Standard ranking of visual designers was released as part of ‘The Progress’, a list of people working in London that the Standard’s panel deem to have made a significant contribution to their profession throughout the year.

This latest achievement for Yinka comes shortly after his success at the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) where he won two competitions this past year; the 2019 Dulwich Pavilion competition this past July; and the LFA’s Thessaly Road Railway Bridge competition, which called on creatives to submit their designs for transforming Thessaly Road into a main transport route for the public.

Yinka is now well-known for his brightly coloured and imaginative design style and for ‘upcycling’ discarded chairs taken from London’s streets, skips and charity shops. His designs are inspired by the Nigerian folk stories that surrounded him as a child.

Yinka is not the first London Metropolitan University alumnus to be featured on ‘The Progress’ list. Last year, alumnus Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, took the top spot, being named the most influential person in London.

Yinka Illori in his colourful studio

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