After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he completed a Master’s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
It was here at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was introduced to a curriculum, originally established by Mies van der Rohe. A curriculum which was formed from the notions of Bauhaus, that enabled Virgil Abloh to learn how to converge the fields of arts, craft, and design.
Those notions merged with contemporary culture make up his inter-disciplinary practice today; stemming from his last 15 years, which is summarized below.
MAKING THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY “OFFICE SUPPLIES” C/O VIRGIL ABLOH & JACOB & CO.
The new “Office Supplies” collection brings together the visionary talents of Jacob Arabo, founder of Jacob & Co., and Virgil Abloh.
Deciding to reimagine the paperclip highlights the subtle significance of an everyday item and transforms it into a contemporary piece of fine jewelry.
A simple yet modern representation of nostalgia, the paperclip is reminiscent of youthful creations when paperclips became chains, bracelets, and more. Through the “Office Supplies” collection, Mr. Arabo and Mr. Abloh transform simplicity into luxury by reinterpreting a universal past time through high craftsmanship and exceptional materials such as white and yellow diamonds.
Televised Radio Network presents “Jazz Hours”
Saturday, April 11th, 2020
10am New York / 3pm London / 4pm Paris / 11pm Tokyo
Listen live via: https://www.instagram.com/virgilabloh
Efflorescence: the collection’s name seems paradoxical for what appears at first to be solid blocks of reality to sit, gather, and look at oneself. Beyond the sharp fact that it is always fruitful to deal with paradoxes, this botanical term reflects the production method of the pieces. Like these wildflowers that fit into the interstices and corners of urban space, the holes, formal accidents, and graffiti that cover and personalize— in different ways each time—the concrete surface offers a visual and emotional texture to recharge our immediate environment: a landscape where the rigidity of structures and urban planning meets the randomness of organic growth and human appropriation and mark-making.
American, born 1980
“Dollar a Gallon” III, 2019
Mixed media, Corten Steel Coated
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