Kanye West is desperate to collaborate with Swedish retail giant Ikea. It’s an unlikely partnership.
During an interview on BBC1 on August 1, West made his case to the furniture retailer.
“Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I want a bed that he makes, I want a chair that he makes,” said West, trying to sound like someone who would want his designs. Back in his own voice, he told radio host Annie Mac: “I have to work with Ikea, make furniture for interior design, for architecture.”
And Kanye is serious. So serious that he visited Ikea headquarters earlier this year in March.
Super inspired by my visit to Ikea today , really amazing company… my mind is racing with the possibilities…
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 9, 2016
Ikea didn’t seem very interested in developing a relationship with Kanye or his furniture design.
“We are really flattered for the attention around the visit, and also in Kanye West’s high interest in Ikea. There have been many speculations around potential plans for future collaborations, but we can confirm that we have no collaboration at this moment.”
However, Ikea Australia responded to West’s interest by posting a mock-up on Facebook of a potential new item.
“Hey Kanye, we’d love to see what you’d create…we could make you Famous!”
Kanye has an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago, so perhaps he might come up with something interesting.