Afternoon Tea with Yinka Ilori and Bulgari • Hotel Designs

Following the unveiling of the newly refreshed interiors of the Bulgari Lounge for the anniversary year, the Bulgari Hotel London in Knightsbridge has launched a collaboration with renowned multidisciplinary artist and designer Yinka Ilori. The launch of the Yinka Ilori X Bulgari Hotel London Afternoon Tea on September 16 coincides with the opening of Ilori’s first institutional exhibition at the Design Museum as the city prepares to celebrate the London Design Festival and Frieze Art Fairs.

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“We were drawn to Yinka for his obsession with color, the decidedly optimistic spirit of his bold and contemporary work, and his celebration of the capital’s diversity,” said Kostas Sfaltos, Managing Director of Bulgari London. “This celebration of color draws a parallel with Bulgari’s heritage as a master of colored gemstones, and the colorful design changes we have made to Bulgari Hotel London over the past year.”

“I am extremely happy to have worked with Bulgari Hotel London for its memorable 10th anniversary,” commented Ilori. “My designs for this collaboration celebrate London’s cultural mosaic and the joy of meeting over a meal. The tea stalls are based on the geometry of the sphere and the meeting of different cultures, and I hope people will gather at the hotel and enjoy a vibrant and colorful dining experience through afternoon tea.

portrait of artist Yinka Ilori with towel gift box designed for bulgari london

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Ilori’s playful designs enliven the public realm using his combination of color and pattern, and his geometrically patterned window facade and bold visual style at the Bulgari Hotel London will be instantly recognizable. Specially designed afternoon tea stalls – based on stacked and interlocking spheres – will take center stage. A work of art created for the occasion will recur as a motif throughout the hotel, from a dynamic takeover of the building’s facade to the linen napkins on the tables which will also be available for purchase as limited edition gift box. Afternoon tea pastries inspired by Yinka’s anniversary design for the hotel are created in collaboration with the artist by award-winning Italian pastry chef and chocolatier-in-residence, Gianluca Fusto.

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