Born in Rockford, Illinois U.S.A. in 1980 – Virgil Abloh is an artist, architect, and fashion designer.
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.
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In collaboration with Virgil Abloh, IKEA presents MARKERAD, a collection of contemporary items designed to make a statement in your first home. The limited-edition collection consisting of 15 products.

MARKERAD takes classic minimalist designs and builds on them with the artistic references and disruptive elements typical of the multi-disciplinary creative Virgil Abloh’ s work. His iconic quotation marks can be found throughout the collection and are used to add a sense of irony and inject humor into the home.

“I´m really glad that MARKERAD is now ready to meet with people and I look forward to see how these everyday objects will enter people’s homes and hopefully add an emotional value to them. Because that has been the ethos of the whole collection. In the same way you might hang a piece of art work on your wall, art can bleed into objects like a chair, table or rug. That was my initial problem to solve when creating this collection together with IKEA”, says Virgil Abloh.

The journey of MARKERAD began in 2017, when IKEA and Virgil Abloh started to explore what makes a first home and what kind of designs will satisfy the practical needs and emotional aspirations when you want to make a statement in your home. This also meant working across aesthetic borders and elaborating on what happens when contemporary art culture and street art culture meet IKEA product design.

The MARKERAD collection is a mix of items that are basic needs when creating a first home. There is furniture like a table, a chair and a daybed as well as smaller items such as a toolbox, clock and textiles. Many of the products have multi-functions built into them like the daybed which serves as a platform for sleeping, working, eating and socializing.


















Gilles Peterson with Virgil Abloh




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