Back in March, Kanye West took a tour of the IKEA factory and was impressed by what the utilitarian Swedish furniture maker had to offer. In a new interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac that aired earlier this week, Kanye had some more words to say about the company that included a pitch to have him “make products” wth them.
I have to work with IKEA — make furniture for interior design, for architecture and I know that if I do a minimalist apartment inside of a college dorm where the TV goes on the side of the wall… 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 — I want more products from Ye.
IKEA has responded. In a statement to the CNBC, a spokesperson said:
At IKEA we are constantly curious about different people, companies, artists and events around the world. To have these connections and inspiring meetings is an important way for us to find new ways to create a better everyday life for the many people.
Although we are really flattered by Kanye West’s high interest in IKEA and the speculation around a joint venture, we have no plans to collaborate at this point in time.
And IKEA Australia goofed on Kanye with this Facebook post:
Why is IKEA not taking Kanye West seriously? Their response basically amounted to a “thanks but no thanks.”
Granted, the manufacturer has not been known to participate in celebrity-designed lines, but that didn’t stop MixMag from an April Fool’s Joke that speculated what West x IKEA could look like.
The simplistic look of West’s fashion line certainly matches up with their aesthetic. Think of the possibilities, IKEA! Give Kanye a call! Maybe it will be recorded and put on Snapchat for all to see.