Where form meets function

Since the IKEA x OFF-WHITE collaboration was revealed last year, we’ve been anxiously waiting for more information on Virgil Abloh’s homeware line.

While information is still scarce (even the release date is still TBC), social media has offered glimpses of what we can expect from the IKEA x OFF-WHITE collab.

From an OFF-WHITE take on the FRAKTA bag, rug designs and what sort of customer Abloh is designing for, read on for everything we know so far about the Ikea x OFF-WHITE collab.

Virgil Abloh just live streamed a sneak peek of the collection

On April 30, Abloh gifted followers to a sneak peek of the collaboration, live-streaming from an undisclosed location in NYC.

Virgil walked us through a selection of prototypes, including a triangular red doorstop, a transparent display cabinet built with the purpose of “curating your own junk drawer,” and the hand shaved rugs teased previously on IG (which you can check out in more detail below).

Stating that the aim is to make an affordable collection for millennials, the designer also promised that the collection will retail at the typical IKEA price points.

There will be rugs

The IKEA x OFF-WHITE collaboration will feature at least two rugs. Taking to Instagram back in October of last year, Virgil Abloh gave us a sneak peek of a blue rug. Later, images by The Snobette and Instagram user Portnygain revealed the full paisley print blue “KEEP OFF” rug, alongside a large red rug with “BLUE” lettering.


When the collaboration was first announced in June 2017, IKEA shared an image of Abloh with a yellow FRAKTA bag reading “SCULPTURE.”

As the image was taken in the Prototype Lab it remains to be seen whether Abloh will go ahead with this particular design, but after Balenciaga released its own take on the iconic bag, it would be surprising if OFF-WHITE didn’t use this opportunity to do the same.

Its aimed at millennials moving into their first home

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. ”

“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.”

Issue 10 of System Magazine has the best-look at the IKEA x OFF-WHITE collab

Known for continually pushing the envelope and offering some of the world’s most concise, dynamic reports on a variety of hot topics, issue 10 of System Magazine comes as no exception.

Having blasted the 2017 poster boy for fashion, Virgil Abloh, over an expansive four covers, all shot by renowned German photographer, Juergen Teller, issue 10 is set to be one for the record books. Having spent an impressive six months with Virgil Abloh and urged conversations between the Off-White leader and other notable creatives such as Hans Ulrich Obrist and architect, Rem Koolhaas, the latest issue has done itself a great servitude in its quest to answer, “What is Virgil Abloh?”

Below, you can take a look at a few select pages from the magazine, offering your most detailed look at Virgil Abloh’s collaboration with IKEA. More can also be found on the System Magazine website.

In other news, this Virgil Abloh figurine has the design community talking for a number of reasons.

Words by Adam Mark
Weekend Editor

Adam is Highsnobiety’s Weekend Editor and splits his time between overseeing all weekend content and studying Economic and Social Communication at Berlin’s University of the Arts.

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