Caroline Jackman – Talent Development Manager for Crafts Council UK
Katie Treggiden – Journalist
Yinka iLori - Multidisciplinary Artists
Yinka Ilori is a London based multidisciplinary artist of a British-Nigerian heritage, who specialises in storytelling by fusing his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design. . Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal traditional into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s work touches on various global themes that resonate with different audiences all over the world.Humorous, provocative and fun, each project he creates tells a story, bringing Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design.
He began his practice in 2013 up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and West African fabrics that surrounded him as a child. Yinka Ilori Studio was established in 2017 following a successful pitch to transform the Thessaly Road Bridge. The studio now consists of a team of colour-obsessed architects and designers, with the expertise and capacity to take on large-scale architectural and interior design projects. The studio continues to experiment with the relationship between function and form, with an output that sits between traditional divisions of art and design.
priya Knanchandani - Editor of icon magazine
Priya Khanchandani is the Editor of Icon Magazine. She is a curator, writer and cultural activist specialising in experimental ideas relating to design and architecture, with a decade of experience in the creative industries. Having trained in Modern Languages at Cambridge University and the History of Design at the Royal College of Art, where she topped her class, she worked at the V&A and then the British Council, where she was a member of the core team to develop and launch the UK-India Year of Culture in 2016.
Khanchandani is currently working on her 20th issue of Icon, where she has covered subjects ranging from international biennales to the intersection of craft with reality TV and interviewed celebrated designers and architects. As an independent writer and curator, she has contributed to publications such as The Observer, The Sunday Times, the White Review and Frieze and curated exhibitions at London Design Biennale and Lisbon Architecture Triennial. She regularly gives invited lectures and chairs panels at international cultural events.
Prior to her arts career, Khanchandani was a commercial lawyer at magic circle firm Clifford Chance in London and Milan. She worked on post-bankruptcy disputes and international law, including a stint at Liberty, the national council for civil liberties. She is a Trustee of Engage, a Steering Committee Member of the New Architecture Writers and a Founding Member of pro-diversity initiatives Museum Detox and Design Can. This year, she is a faculty member of the University of Oxford’s Cultural Leaders’ Programme.