After a series of bootlegs playing off the IKEA-inspired Balenciaga bag — including a cap, a pair of Air Force 1s, and an inadvisable-to-wear thong — the bizarre trend has come full circle with an OFF-WHITE x IKEA collab coming our way.
However, it looks like the collaboration may be more than just a take on IKEA’s iconic “FRAKTA” bag. On its website, IKEA announced that “together, IKEA and OFF-WHITE look for ways to help create a home for millennials who are just starting out their lives. ”
Virgil Abloh is architecture grad, so he knows his way around interiors more than most. He’s also tried his hand at furniture design before, unveiling a furniture collection at last year’s Art Basel.
Of the collab, Abloh said “IKEA provides a landscape – fertile soil for new ideas and concepts. My duty then, is to provide something provocative. Given how tremendous this opportunity is, I’m not content to make another chair.”
“We’re looking at that first phase of adult life, when you start making purchases for your space. Largely people grow up in their parents’ environment. They’ve never had to consider furniture,” Abloh said in a statement. “Then when they’re off on their own and have their own aesthetic, what are their first purchases? I’m interested in thinking about how those purchases are informed.”
He continued: “I love working with the best in class of any genre. IKEA is a brand that spans generations – that stands for something. To give this collection a young approach and pay respect to that DNA is my goal.”
Watch Abloh discuss the project in the video above, starting around the 19 minute mark. While no other details or official release date have been confirmed yet, it’s safe to say that we’re very excited.
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