British-Nigerian Multi-Disciplinary Artist and Designer Yinka Ilori Collaborates with Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering For Their First Commercial Textile And Wallcovering Collection


Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering proudly announces a groundbreaking collaboration with celebrated British-Nigerian artist and designer Yinka Ilori. Renowned for his vibrant, sustainability-driven work that infuses color to evoke joy and community, Ilori embarks on his first commercial venture in textile and wallcovering design with the Yinka Ilori x Momentum collection.

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Often referred to as the “Architect of Joy,” Ilori draws from his dual heritage to craft a distinctive design language. His creations, from single textiles to large public art installations, exude a tangible zest for life, striking a harmonious balance between playfulness and modern design.

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Ilori’s journey began with the upcycling of vintage furniture, evolving into collaborations with global giants like Adidas, Lego, Pinterest, Universal Music, and the Design Museum. His accolades include the World Architecture London Design Medal for Emerging Designers, a spot on Architectural Digest’s 2024 AD100 list, and recognition as a key influencer in the future of design.

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Momentum, the industry’s largest supplier of commercial textiles and wallcoverings, is the perfect partner to realize Ilori’s forward-thinking vision. The collection, inspired by Ilori’s heritage and themes of community and affirmation, features aptly named patterns such as Moving Mountains, reflecting his commitment to self-empowerment and positivity.

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The collection’s playful patterns appear simple but reveal intricate details upon closer inspection. Shower Me With Flowers offers a minimalistic take on floral motifs, while Eyes in Reflection presents a repetitive geometric grid. Each pattern tells a unique story, transforming spaces into vibrant experiences.

“My collaboration with Momentum is a testament to the power of happiness created by strong community and storytelling,” Ilori explains. “Together, we aim to transform commercial spaces into playful, creative hubs that inspire, uplift, and even heal. Forged by my dual heritage and my belief in the positive impact of joy on our lives, we’re bringing a fresh take to commercial design with products that breathe color and optimism into every corner of any space.”

Jennifer Nye, Momentum’s Chief Marketing & Creative Officer, shares, “We are delighted 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 fostering creativity in commercial environments. This collaboration is not only a fusion of artistic prowess but also a celebration of heritage and the transformative power of joy. We couldn’t be prouder to bring this collection to the world.”

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The Yinka Ilori x Momentum collection includes textiles and wallcoverings with five distinct patterns: Shower Me With Flowers, Dream Catchers, Eyes in Reflection, Blossoms Time, and Rhythms Surround You. The wallcoverings feature Rhythms Surround You, Moving Mountains, and the kaleidoscopic Shifting Motions, ensuring a vibrant infusion of color and life into any space.

Ilori will unveil the collection at the 2024 NeoCon trade show, where he will also deliver a keynote address and present a new immersive commission for Chicago’s ART on THE MART program. This makes Ilori the first artist to launch a collection, deliver a keynote, and present a commission at NeoCon in the same season.

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This collaboration marks a significant milestone for Momentum, which has a history of partnerships with renowned artists like Sheila Hicks, Shantell Martin, and Aleksandra Gaca. The Yinka Ilori x Momentum collection blends Momentum’s expertise with Ilori’s dynamic vision, setting a new standard for commercial textiles and wallcoverings.

Yinka Ilori is celebrated for his bold visual language that draws on Nigerian parables and traditions, resonating with a global audience. Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering, the leading supplier of contract textiles and wallcoverings, is recognized for its sustainable designs and innovative collaborations. Together, they are set to revolutionize commercial interior design with a collection that celebrates heritage, creativity, and the power of joy.

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