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This Sneak Preview Of Virgil Abloh's Ikea Collab Is Unmissable For Interiors Fans

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Just when we thought we couldn't get more excited about this collaboration..

Virgil Abloh is undoubtedly one of the fashion world’s most talented multi-hyphenates. Not content with the success of his own label OFF-WHITE (whose most recent Paris Fashion Week show swapped the usual model line-up for a group of talented female athletes, including Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson) and with his history-making gig as Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director (he is the first African-American man to take the role in the fashion house’s history), plus an in-demand collaboration with Nike, he’s also found the time to join forces with everyone’s favourite Swedish flat pack purveyor, IKEA, for a limited edition interiors collection.

Though the collaboration has been in the works for over a year (it was announced by the store last October), it’s not slated to be released until 2019. Despite this, Abloh has kept anticipation high with a drip-feed of teasers on social media and in interviews. This weekend, though, marked the first time that fans were able to get a closer look at the designs in real life – and even snap up the limited edition designs – when Abloh hosted a very special pop-up shop at the Quai d’Austerlitz in Paris.

Titled ‘Still Loading,’ the space showed off four rugs from the forthcoming ‘Markerad’ collection: ‘Blue,’ ‘Grey,’ ‘Keep Off’ and ‘Still Loading.’ Priced between €79 and €229, the pieces were presented in characteristically creative ways: the ‘Still Loading’ design, which shows a pixelated image in as a work in process, was even mounted on an easel like a work of art. On the second day of the pop-up, further pieces from the collection were also unveiled, according to Womenswear Daily, including a mirror, a glass cabinet, a chair and the brown ‘Sculpture’ bag which Abloh has previously teased on his Instagram account. As you’d predict, the rugs quickly sold out, but all this has only served to increase our anticipation for the finished collection.