Abloh is poised to debut tables, chairs and credenzas, constructed from the likes of steel, stone, wood and leather.
“My brand was always holistic,” Abloh revealed when speaking to WWD. “Noticing the design in everyday is a large part of my ethos.”
So while the medium changes, the overall design concepts stay the same. Furniture isn’t just a stab in the dark for Virgil, however. He studied under the tutelage of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe while at Illinois Institute of Technology.
“I am very much a student of Tom Sachs or [Marcel] Duchamp in terms of how I view art and modern art and contemporary art,” Abloh insisted. “There are ready-made nuances, crashed together with this sort of perspective on rationalism and modern design. It’s two languages sort of crashed together.”
But why Art Basel Miami to introduce designs for a new medium?
“There are certain venues and moments in time to show the work that I’m conceiving of, next to the more established work,” he said. “This is one of the most important design fairs on the calendar. I thought it was important to represent a new generation of design on this platform.”
Art Basel Miami takes place this week from December 1 through December 4.