The Flamboyance of Flamingos by YINKA ILORI

The Flamboyance of Flamingos by YINKA ILORIis an innovative, wildlife-inspired playground in Parsloes Park on the Becontree Estate.

Parsloes Park in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham has been transformed into a colourful play haven to encourage children and young people to climb, hang out and play sports.

With his signature use of vibrant colours and geometric patterns, the British-Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori has repurposed parts of an out-of-use playground to create The Flamboyance of Flamingos. The design imagines collaborative play for children of all ages, including the reintroduction of pink flamingos – who once inhabited the park – in the form of bouncy spring rockers and a circular seating area. A new basketball court is also introduced along with abstract structures to encourage alternative forms of play. Combining off-the-shelf play equipment with customised designs, these unique structures open possibilities for expanding the imaginations of children and adults alike. 

Co-commissioned by Create London and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD). This commission is funded by LBBD’s Strategic Community Infrastructure Levy.

About Yinka Ilori

Yinka Ilori is a London-based multidisciplinary designer, who specialises in storytelling by fusing his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece he creates brings Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design.

Yinka began his practice in 2011 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, who love to experiment with the relationship between function and form, with an output that sits between traditional divisions of art and design.