Design Story: Happiness Pillar Candles
Artist Yinka Ilori shares the story behind the development of Happiness Pillar Candles, his debut design for Areaware.
Restoration Station by Yinka Ilori
Chairs have played a central part in my works since I started in design. To me each chair can tell many stories about people, about power, about history. I like to convey this idea of a hidden narrative in all of my works - a story that can de discovered if you really want to look for the meaning in it.
When Areaware approached me about this project I was looking at some of my chair designs we have in our studio which I had created for my 'Types of Happiness’ installation in 2019. That project had brought me so much joy and I thought it would be interesting to carry this narrative over into a different form, looking specifically at the chair legs becoming the pillars of the candles.
Types of Happiness, "Strength"
Looking at the strong shapes and silhouettes of these chair legs, I started to sketch some ideas on paper, bringing in the bright signature colours that I use in my works to incite happiness and positivity, mixing them up between candle shapes. I want these candles to act as art pieces in their own right - to make a statement as part of a room and that have this story behind them to be discovered.
This candle is adapted from designer Yinka Ilori's chair series, Types of Happiness. Each chair in the series tells a story of the sixteen different types of happiness. These stories continue through the pillar candles by replicating the colors used on the chair legs, each of which evoke a type of happy feeling.