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Yinka Ilori presents a collaboration with Momentum at NeoCon

British-Nigerian multidisciplinary artist and designer Yinka Ilori, known as the “Architect of Joy,” will pose a triple threat at the 2024 NeoCon fair. He is the first artist and designer in NeoCon history to simultaneously keynote, present a commission for the popular ART on the MART series—and launch a major collection—Yinka Ilori x Momentum.

Ilori's creations are inspired by Nigerian parables and oral traditions and resonate with audiences worldwide. Ilori is also known for his sustainability-focused work, using color to convey joy and a sense of community. Ilori's collaboration with Momentum is his first foray into the commercial textile and wallpaper design space.

Yinka Ilori x Momentum

(Image credit: Courtesy of Yinka Ilori and Momentum)

His collection for Momentum reflects this approach and includes five different patterns: “Shower Me With Flowers” ​​(a modernist, geometric floral interpretation), “Dream Catchers” (featuring a juxtaposition of shapes), “Eyes in Reflection” (a versatile grid of rounded motifs), “Blossoms Time” (a solid color with a woven texture) and “Rhythms Surround You,” a lush layering of stripes with multiple arcs, circles, angles and triangles.

The collection’s wall coverings include “Rhythms Surround You” (also a textile), “Moving Mountains,” a visual geometric feast, and the kaleidoscopic “Shifting Motions.”

Yinka Ilori x Momentum

(Image credit: Courtesy of Yinka Ilori and Momentum)

“My collaboration with Momentum is a testament to the power of happiness that comes from strong community and storytelling. Together, we aim to transform commercial spaces into playful, creative hubs that inspire, uplift and even heal. Informed by my dual heritage and my belief in the positive impact of joy on our lives, we bring a fresh approach to commercial design with products that bring color and optimism to every corner of every space,” explained Ilori.

As the industry's largest supplier of commercial textiles and wallcoverings, Momentum is a natural partner to bring Ilori's work to the forefront. This collaboration is the latest in a series of partnerships with artists such as Sheila Hicks, Shantell Martin and Aleksandra Gaca. This reveal combines Momentum's industry expertise with the undeniable cool factor that Ilori brings.

Yinka Ilori x Momentum

(Image credit: Courtesy of Yinka Ilori and Momentum)

“We are excited to embark on this exciting journey with Yinka. His ability to infuse spaces with culture and storytelling aligns perfectly with Momentum's commitment to pushing boundaries and encouraging creativity in commercial settings. This collaboration is not only a fusion of artistic skills, but also a celebration of heritage and the transformative power of joy. We couldn't be prouder to be the ones to present this collection to the world,” said Jennifer Nye, Chief Marketing & Creative Officer of Momentum.

Yinka Ilori x Momentum

(Image credit: Courtesy of Yinka Ilori and Momentum)

Ilori will publicly launch Yinka Ilori x Momentum in Momentum's showroom at NeoCon 2024. He will also deliver a (sold-out) keynote address on Tuesday, June 11. A new immersive commission by Ilori exploring memory and mindfulness will premiere at ART on THE MART in Chicago on June 6, with projections scheduled nightly at 9:00pm and 9:30pm.