Clear your diaries – IKEA has announced the launch date for the brilliantly bonkers IKEA x Virgil Abloh collection

But you'll need to buy a ticket in October to shop the collection

When the IKEA x Virgil Abloh homeware collaboration was revealed last year, we knew the Louis Vuitton Menswear designer and Off-white founder wasn’t going to be designing just another flat pack collection.

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Since the collection was announced it has attracted an eager following of fans, despite not going on sale for another month. However we can now reveal that the full collection will go on sale on the 1st November 2019. Sadly it will not be available to purchase online, but will be available in IKEA Dublin, Croydon and Wembley.

However, due to unprecedented demand Virgil fans will need a ticket to be able to shop the collection in November. Fans hoping to add a little IKEA x Virgil Abloh style to there home will need to sign up for a limited number of tickets via Eventbrite at 10am on 18th October.

The lucky ticket holders who manage to secure a place at one of the three stores participating stores will be able to visit on their allocated day between the 1st and 3rd November. access to the store will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, however shoppers will only be able to purchase up to 5 pieces from the collection.

We have no doubts that those tickets will be snapped up in record time. When the collection was teased with the IKEA 2019 Art Event Virgil Abloh rug back in May, the grey rug with the slogan ‘KEEP OFF’, priced at £400, sold out in less than an hour online.

So while you clear your diary for the morning of 18th October, why don’t we take a look at the full collection…

IKEA x Virgil Abloh MARKERAD collection

Daybed

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Coming soon: MARKERAD daybed frame, £175, IKEA

We’d more than happily introduce this gorgeous beige daybed into our home, as the perfect alternative to a bulky sofa bed in a small living room. However, if you do choose to snap one up just make sure you have plenty of cushions, including the all important Virgil Abloh labelled pillow, to avoid any unsightly marks on your pristine walls.

Grey Bedding

IKEA x Virgil Abloh 2

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If you’re looking to give your bed a high fashion twist this grey bedding set is one of the least bonkers parts of the collection. Would you consider swapping your white bedding for this concrete grey set?

Carrier bag

IKEA x Virgil Abloh

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No IKEA collection will be complete a twist on the iconic IKEA bag. It might just look like a brown paper bag, but we guarantee this will go down a storm with shoppers come November.

Receipt Rug

IKEA x Virgil Abloh 2

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Coming soon: MARKERAD Receipt rug, £75, IKEA

This is where the collection starts to get more bonkers. If you are a diehard IKEA fan this is the rug for you. The intention of the collection was to offer accessible and affordable statement homeware for modern interiors. This rug definitely makes a statement.

‘For a truly show stopping effect, bend the rules a little by hanging the “Receipt” rug from your wall to create a piece of art that exudes both texture and pattern,’ says Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader from IKEA UK and Ireland.

However, we do think it was an oversight for Virgil to miss cinnamon buns and meatballs off the receipt, because who leaves IKEA without them?

Chair

 

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Coming soon: MARKERAD chair, £99, IKEA

Needing a wedge under chair leg is not something we would usually associate with great design. In fact, it reminds us of the opposite – old rickety school chairs or stuffing coasters under uneven cafe tables. However, you can’t ignore the fact that this plain wooden chair is gorgeous in a simple Scandinavian way.

‘It’s about elevating the anonymous, everyday icons that we use without noticing. When we but a doorstop on one of the legs of an ordinary chair we create something unexpected – an interruption,’ explains Virgil Abloh. ‘I want each item to bring a sense of pride, and I want the great design to be the biggest reason why you get it.’

‘Temporary’ clock

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Coming soon: MARKERAD clock, £25, IKEA

If you plan to stay up for any of the IKEA X Virgil Abloh collection, let it be this understated white on white clock. It’s both practical but will definitely make a statement in any room in your house.

Just think how great it will look against mustard-coloured walls, or any colour walls for that matter.

Tool kit

IKEA x Virgil Abloh

This is one of the more handy parts of the Virgil collection. These tools are going to come in useful when putting together the day bed or hanging the clock. Plus we do love a pretty, colour-coordinated tool box.

‘Wet Grass’ rug

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Coming soon: MARKERAD Wet Grass Rug, £199, IKEA

Here’s where things start getting a little bonkers again. If you ever wanted a green high pile rug that looked like grass in the middle of your living room or bedroom then this is your chance.

Cabinet

IKEA x Virgil Abloh 1

Coming soon: MARKERAD Cabinet, £150, IKEA

This cabinet is a must-have for any Virgil Fan. It is the perfect place to display any piece from the MARKERAD collection that you manage to swoop up, or a lovely place to show of keepsakes or favourite books.

Mona Lisa Backlit artwork

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Coming soon: MARKERAD Mona Lisa, £65, IKEA

Who needs to visit the Louvre, when now thanks to Virgil Abloh you can now pick up a backlit version of the Mona Lisa from IKEA? We’re just going to leave this one here for you to make your mind up about.

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Will you be trying to picking up anything from Virgil Abloh’s MARKERAD collection?

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