Christmas – British-Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori has created a colorful Christmas tree capturing the joy experienced from the first glimpse of wrapped and stacked presents. Commissioned by the Sanderson London hotel on Berners Street, the 2.5 metre design is composed of five stacked objects with an internal light source, creating a glow from within the piece.
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Designed with industrial materials such as sawn timber and plywood sheets, the colurful piece complements Sanderson’s modernist architecture and eclectic interiors designed by Philippe Starck. “I am delighted to be working with Sanderson London on my first Christmas tree commission, a suitably bright way to end 2019.” Says Yinka Ilori.
The sculptural installation is Ilori’s first hotel and Christmas tree commission and marks the culmination of a busy year, following a large-scale design for ‘The Colour Palace’ summer pavilion at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and the exhibition design for ‘Get Up, Stand Up Now’ at Somerset House.
A longstanding design hotel, Sanderson opened in 2000 in the former 1950s West End headquarters of Arthur Sanderson and Sons, manufacturers of wallpaper, fabrics and paint. The work of architect Reginald Uren of Slater, Moberly and Uren, the building is one of London’s outstanding mid-century structures and is Grade-II* listed, putting it in the top 6% of buildings of architectural interest in the UK.
Although transformed by renowned designer Philippe Starck in 2000, the building’s original features remain including a monumental stained-glass mural by John Piper, a flying staircase and a Japanese-style courtyard garden designed for the wellbeing of the company’s employees. Today the hotel is part of international hospitality brand sbe’s group of luxury lifestyle properties.
All photos by Milo Brown – courtesy of Sanderson London.