The infamous pair at Diet Prada know no mercy when it comes to calling out the fashion industry’s copy-cat culture, even taking Kanye West down a notch when he was called out for stealing sketches. Now, their next victim falls on Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh and his most recent collaboration with IKEA creative leader Henrik Most.
As part of the IKEA “MAKERAD” project – a collection of furniture design for the millennial generation – Abloh worked the creative leader on the elevating chair which “feels more like an art object than a typical chair that serves its functions with four equal legs.” The pair talked through the design philosophy last month at a creative workshop.
It seems however, that the chair was not so original as fans first believed.
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
The Instagram account considered as fashion’s vigilante, Diet Prada, quickly took to social media to call out the collaboration. The chair is actually considered an original design of Paul McCobb and was part of a best-selling contemporary furniture line during the 1950’s. Though the online team don’t specifically name Abloh as a “stealer”, they mentioned that inspiration should be stated.
“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.”