NeoCon 2024: Yinka Ilori x Momentum Takes Best of Show

NeoCon 2024: Yinka Ilori x Momentum Takes Best of Show

Was the attendant gallery at this morning’s announcement of Best of Show Winners as shocked as we were to hear that British-Nigerian artist and designer Yinka Ilori had won Best of Competition at NeoCon 2024?

Yinka Ilori collection on pillows

Even though this is the first time in many years that a textile collection has won the coveted award, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, for Ilori will be everywhere at NeoCon 2024. In fact, he’s the first NeoCon trifecta: not only is he unveiling his new collection with Momentum, he’s also delivering a NeoCon keynote and presenting a commission for ART on the MART in Chicago.

Ilori’s partnership with Momentum is an ultra-colorful collection of textiles and wallcoverings. Yinka Ilori x Momentum includes five patterns: Shower Me With Flowers, Dream Catchers, Eyes in Reflection, Blossoms Time, and Rhythms Surround You. All designs in the collaboration feature Ilori’s love of color and joyful aesthetic.

Shower Me With Flowers fabric

A geometric representation of blooms, Shower Me With Flowers conveys an exuberant appreciation for florals. Its simplified three-petal flowers are contained within arcs and punctuated with dots.

Dream Catchers fabric

Dream Catchers combines leaves and diamonds in a kaleidoscopic pattern. In orange and pink, Dream Catchers feels very much like an over-the-top hat for an eccentric candy-maker.

Rhythms Surround You

Rhythms Surround You pays tribute to shapes with its stack of arches, circles, chevrons, triangles, and lines. In a neutral colorway, the pattern reads like Art Deco in the fifth dimension. Blossoms Time is a woven solid with a nubby texture—for all the tactile people.

Eyes in Reflection textile

Eyes in Reflection is the one you can’t take your eyes off of. With its paired circles, capsular ovals, and pupil-like polka dots, Eyes in Reflection reinvents the eye motif, taking it from a place of voyeurism to a world where eyes represent seeing others.

Ilori’s collaboration with Momentum marks his first foray into commercial textile design. It’s been a long time in coming. The Best in Competition designation recognizes the vibrant and dynamic character of these textiles—exciting color and design that the public just can’t resist. Congratulations on a much-deserved accolade for the artist known as “the architect of joy.”

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