Virgil Abloh‘s “MAKERAD” project alongside IKEA was officially revealed to the public via live stream about a month ago. Although only prototypes were teased for the event, viewers got a better understanding of the inspiration for the collection — the range is basically geared for millennials who seek form and function in their everyday home furniture and accessories.
However, recently, fashion industry police account Diet Prada just called out Abloh, Henrik Most (IKEA creative leader) & IKEA on a chair that’s being relaunched as part of the project. The chair in question (pictured above) is told in the presentation as something that’s being elevated so it “feels more like an art object than a typical chair that serves its functions with four equal legs.” Diet Prada says that the only thing elevating the chair is the added red doorstop.
More importantly, the chair is actually an iconic mid-century design by Paul McCobb. It’s actually part of the creative’s Planner Group series that was manufactured from the 1950s until early 1960s. It was even a best-seller manufactured by the Winchendon Furniture Company.
While Diet Prada isn’t necessarily calling out Abloh and crew for claiming to have “designed” the actual chair, the account figured it be “more interesting” if they divulged the inspiration behind it, “especially if they’re this iconic.”
See Diet Prada’s post below to see a more in-depth analysis of the chair and inspiration.
So @virgilabloh & Henrik Most (a creative leader at IKEA Range and Supply) talked design philosophy last month at a workshop with @ikeatoday …specifically about elevating a chair design for their collab so it “feels more like an art object than a typical chair that serves its functions with four equal legs”. Well, that “typical chair” is actually an icon of mid-century design by Paul McCobb for his Planner Group series. Manufactured by Winchendon Furniture Company, it was among the best selling contemporary furniture lines of the 1950s and in production up until 1964…that is until Virgil decided to relaunch it and elevate it (quite literally) with an added doorstop lol. Tbh, we all get your approach by now, but it would actually be much more interesting to know the sources of your “inspiration”…especially if they’re this iconic. • #virgilabloh #ikea #paulmccobb #plannergroup #winchendon #furniture #midcentury #midcenturymodern #industrialdesign #american #ikeahack #offwhite #streetwear #streetstyle #hypebeast #hypebae #interiordesign #dietprada
In other Virgil News, the original Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Prestos got a surprise restock. Did you get lucky?