As it turned out, IKEA’s collaboration with architecture-trained, fashion design and founder of street wear label Off-White, Virgil Abloh, on the Frakta bag is just the beginning. It was a prelude to a collection called MARKERAD. MARKERAD, according to the Swedish flatpack furniture specialist, is “a collection of first home must-haves that don’t force you to compromise on who you are.” Well, that sounds like artistic shit right there.
We are not here to talk about the entire collection, though. Rather, there is one particular piece from this collection we have our eyes on: the IKEA Receipt Rug. The IKEA Receipt Rug is, as the product name suggests, a rug that takes on the likeness of a, well, IKEA receipt – complete with all the details you expect of an IKEA receipt, including requisite features like torn edges. It is a self-referential object which is exactly the kind of stuff we dig, like a lot.
The rug is not only thing the new men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton has his hands on; it is an entire collection which so far also includes a transparent cabinet, a daybed and an equally cool chair that has a doorstop for one of its leg. Absolutely sounds like fun! IKEA x Virgil Abloh Ikea Receipt Rug, along with some other products from the collection, will be showcased at the Democratic Design Day in Älmhult. The MARKERAD collection will be available for a limited time in 2019.
On a related news, it seems like the furniture is hooked on collaboration. In recent months, it has been on a collaboration spree. The collab with Off-White’s Virgil is just one of the many. There’s the collab with SONOS, with Swedish textile designer Martin Bergström, with colette founder Sarah Andelman and Craig Redman, and more recently, IKEA announced that it will be teaming up with Danish toy maker LEGO. Though it is not known what will born out from the collaboration between the two Scandinavian companies.