With the IKEA x OFF-WHITE collection set to drop at some point in 2019, we’ve been given plenty of previews to whet our appetite. Here, we’ve collated all the items the drop will include (which you can view in the gallery up top), price points, and what we’ve learned about the design concepts. Read on for everything we know so far about the IKEA x OFF-WHITE collab.
Virgil Abloh and IKEA discuss the collection’s concept at Paris Fashion Week
During Paris Fashion Week SS19, we dropped by Abloh and IKEA’s shared showroom to get a closer look at the best pieces in the collection. While there, we talked to IKEA creative lead Henrik Most and Abloh about what inspired them, what the term “streetwear” means in the current climate, and why the brands are designing a capsule for millennial needs. Discover all this and more via the video above.
The collection was unveiled at IKEA’s Democratic Design Day
Highsnobiety was at IKEA’s Democratic Design Day at its headquarters in Älmhult, Sweden and got a glimpse at more items from the IKEA x OFF-WHITE collection. Below, you can see a bright green “WET GRASS” rug, a table, a chaise longue, a coffee table, shelving, and the previously teased chairs and “SCULPTURE” brown bags, among other things. Each item came with a label reading “PROTOTYPE,” so there’s a chance these were still a work in progress and may differ from the final in-store products.
Find out more about the Democratic Design Day in our interview with IKEA’s then-head of design, Marcus Engman.
IKEA x OFF-WHITE prices
Official prices for select pieces have emerged. The table will cost €279 (approximately $320), the chairs €70 ($80), the chaise longue €100 ($115), the cushion for chaise longue €100 ($115), and additional cushions will either be €10 ($11.50) or €13 ($15).
The “WET GRASS” rug will cost €229 ($263), the receipt rug will be €59 ($68), the distortion mirror will cost €159 ($183), Abloh’s take on the Mona Lisa costs €49 ($56), and the temporary clock will come to €25 ($29). The “STILL LOADING,” “KEEP OFF,” “BLUE,” and “GREY” rugs will retail for between €79 ($91) and €229 ($263).
Finally, those on a smaller budget can pick up the small brown “SCULPTURE” bag for €10 ($11.50) and the larger one for €13 ($15).
IKEA x OFF-WHITE release date
IKEA has announced that the OFF-WHITE collaboration will be released sometime in 2019, with the exact release date still unconfirmed.
The collection might include a collaboration with Jim Krantz
When IKEA dropped its first official image of the IKEA x OFF-WHITE collaboration, it showed what looked to be a rug with the words “STILL LOADING” across it and “Flooring” in the bottom-right corner.
The Americana-esque image used looked strikingly like some of Supreme collaborator Jim Krantz‘s work.
Abloh previously live-streamed a sneak peek of the collection
On April 30, Abloh gave followers to a sneak peek of the collaboration, live-streaming from an undisclosed location in NYC.
The designer 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 Instagram (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 typical IKEA price points.
The IKEA x OFF-WHITE collection will include multiple rugs
Taking to Instagram back in October last year, Abloh gave us a sneak peek of a blue rug. Later, images by The Snobette and Instagram user @portnyagin revealed the full paisley print “KEEP OFF” rug and a large red rug with “BLUE” lettering.
And an OFF-WHITE x IKEA FRAKTA bag
When the collaboration was first announced in June 2017, IKEA shared an image of Abloh with a yellow FRAKTA-style bag prototype 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.
It’s 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.”
Abloh added in a statement, “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. 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 got a 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 came as no exception.
Having put 2017 poster boy Abloh on four covers, all shot by renowned German photographer Juergen Teller, System spent a six months with Abloh for its feature, in which it featured conversations between the OFF-WHITE leader and creatives such as Hans Ulrich Obrist and architect Rem Koolhaas.
Below, you can check out a few pages from the issue, which gave the most detailed look at Abloh’s collaboration with IKEA at that point. More information can also be found on the System magazine website.
In other news, this Virgil Abloh figurine has got the design community talking.