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Yinka Ilori transforms Superblue Miami’s cafe into a kaleidoscopic wonderland

Colour and pattern are top of the menu at Superblue Miami’s Blue Rider Cafe, transformed into a maximalist playground by London-based designer Yinka Ilori.

The kaleidoscopic makeover was commissioned to mark the Design Miami 2021 and is Ilori’s first project in Miami but is a permanent intervention. It will remain open after the art crowds disperse, offering audiences the opportunity to experience Ilori’s Nigerian-influenced murals and design concepts themselves, supercharged with a Miami twist.

Says Ilori: ‘I love creating spaces where people can create memories. For this project, I was really inspired by the energy of Miami, the architecture, the colour palettes, the patterns. There’s a huge sense of joy here.’

Yinka Ilori transforms Superblue Miami's cafe into a kaleidoscopic wonderland
Photography: Pedro Wazzan / Superblue

Ilori’s work centres around community and Blue Rider is envisaged as a positive space that can come together to enjoy food and create memories, with colour and Nigerian pattern used to elicit joy and trigger recall.

Handpainted stackable stools, featuring arched legs and four vibrant colourways, are mobile and informal to encourage gathering and conversation. Meanwhile, pillars have been painted bright yellow and walls decked in a cacophonous print.

Edible treats come courtesy of Miami’s best food trucks, with a rotating line up including Jealous Fork, Dolci Peccati, The Caribe Vegan, and Caja Caliente.

Yinka Ilori transforms Superblue Miami's cafe into a kaleidoscopic wonderland
Photography: Pedro Wazzan / Superblue

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