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.
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The Statement Arm Chair
No living room or bedroom will be complete without a bold, inviting statement chair. We've drawn inspiration from IKEA's new Rich Pigment range which uses rich tones to add a touch of decadence to your home, but you'll spot the 'cool chair' trend emerging across social media already and if there's one investment homeware item to buy for the season, it's one of these.
STRANDMON, wing char, £199
YPPERLIG, cushion cover, £5
GRÖNADAL, rocking-chair, £150
Prints, Patterns & Pillows
We're not here for minimalism at this point in time. Monochrome was fun but this season we're mixing and matching bold, eye catching prints to breath new life into our living spaces. Like the look? This one comes from IKEA's New Age Folk range offering loads of opportunities to play with different textures in your soft furnishings.
FRANSINE, cushion cover, £10
JOHANNE, cushion cover, £9.50
JOHANNE, throw, £25
TJENA, storage box with lid, £2.25
Houseplants will always be 'in'. But another trend has made it over from our friends in Scandinavia and it's all in the plant arrangement. Whether you opt for an indoor trellis a la the Bold Sustainability range or revive the updated Billy Bookcase with some cascading foliage, plant power is on the up. Literally.
HOWEA FORSTERIANA, potted plant, £40
FEJKA, artifical plotted plant, £6
HEDERA HELIX, potted plant, £3
INDUSTRIELL, vase, £18
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.