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Everyday basics meet unexpected details: why we can’t wait for Virgil Abloh’s Ikea collection


By Megan Burns
04th Oct 2019
Everyday basics meet unexpected details: why we can’t wait for Virgil Abloh’s Ikea collection

Virgil Abloh’s Ikea collection launches in November, so we’re taking a look at the pieces we’re most excited to get our hands on. 


As one of the world’s most respected designers, Virgil Abloh creates waves wherever he directs his talent. From his hugely successful brand Off White to his recent move to Louis Vuitton, his fans are always eager to see what he does next.

His latest project is a surprisingly accessible one, as he’s teamed up with Ikea. The designer, who actually trained as an architect, is bringing his characteristic high-low references to a homeware collection for the Swedish brand. It’s aimed at millennials creating their first home, and features simple, essential pieces, but with an unmistakable Abloh edge.

“It’s been the most rigorous of any design project I’ve done,” Abloh said. “What’s most important to me in art and design is that the things I create have a reason for existing. Solving a need, whether it be artistic or functional, is an internal measuring stick for me, and that’s how I feel able to leave my signature on objects.”

The Markerad collection will be available to purchase from November 1 through a ticket system: customers can sign up for a limited number of free tickets via Eventbrite at 10am on 18th October.

Those who have a ticket will be able to purchase up to five pieces from the collection when they visit the Dublin store on their allocated day of 1, 2 or 3 November. In the meantime, here’s what’s we’re mentally adding to our baskets (or, you know, “SCULPTURE” Ikea bags).

Virgil Abloh's Ikea collection

Markerad mirror, €150

This mirror is the perfect example of Abloh’s combination of art and function. The mirror’s surface is disrupted by a crack, distorting the image unexpectedly.

Virgil Abloh's Ikea collection

Markerad carrier bag, €17

You probably wouldn’t take the normal blue Ikea bag into town with you, but Abloh has elevated it to a point where you’re no longer sure exactly where it sits. Sure, you can definitely still use it as a shopper, but I’m also mentally picturing myself using it instead of a handbag on those days when you just need to bring loads.

Virgil Abloh's Ikea collection

Markerad day-bed frame €179, cushion cover €12, cover for day-bed €100 

As everyone knows, approximately 0 per cent of millennials can afford to live by themselves, never mind be able to have a WHOLE SEPARATE ROOM just for guests. That doesn’t mean we don’t have pals that like to come visit, though, so a day-bed is a great solution that functions as seating most of the time, while still giving your friend a place to crash when they’re in town.

Virgil Abloh's Ikea collection

Markerad backlit artwork, €75

Instead of restricting art to closed-off, elite institutions, why can’t you have the Mona Lisa in your living room? The fact that it’s backlit just adds another element of humour to the piece.

Virgil Abloh's Ikea collection

Markerad chair €115 and table €279

Although taking its cues from 1950s Scandinavian modernism, the materials make this table and chairs lightweight, and the wedge on the foot of the chair is an unusual detail.

Virgil Abloh's Ikea collection

Markerad rug, €229

Featuring one of Abloh’s characteristic quotation-marked slogans, this rug will add a playful touch to any room.

Virgil Abloh's Ikea collection

Markerad wall clock, €25

This clock was created spontaneously during one of the design workshops Abloh had with the Ikea design team. Although it may trigger an existential crisis when you just needed to know whether you were late meeting your friend or not, it’s undoubtedly very cool.


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