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This year London Design Festival (16–24 September) will held a great collaboration between the English designer Yinka Ilori and furniture-salvaging social enterprise Restoration Station.

Restoration Station is a social carpentry lab founded in 2014 by the non-profit Spitalfields Crypt Trust. Here those suffering from addiction and homelessness can dedicate themselves to restoration of old furniture. They can learn the carpenter work and figure out how is good taking care of something that has been thrown away by giving them dignity and a new life. With this wonderful metaphor, the lab is a great place to find vintage furnishings in perfect condition at great prices!

Look at this beautiful Scandi style cabinet: just £ 150! If you are in London don’t miss it 😉 You’ll find the lab in 118 Shoreditch High Street.

Known for creating vibrant, contrasting colours and patterns reminiscent of African print designs, the London-based Nigerian Yinka Ilori typically turns chairs into expressions of personal stories. Ilori will run two workshops with Restoration Station volunteers, helping to unleash their creative skills on a stash of donated furniture, teaching them how to express meaning with colour and pattern, and sharing with them the secrets of his own aesthetic approach.

Restoration Station’s 118 Shoreditch High Street shop will be open for the duration of London Design Festival, 9.30am to 5pm, 16–24 September.


Foto Dan Weill