Virgil Abloh and the “OFF WHITE” fashion brand set the world with Virgil’s unique take on shoes, fashion, and even IKEA products. A large amount of the things Virgil has made have been hits including his famous collaboration “The Ten”. However, not all of things Virgil products have been a hit with people. Ranked from the worst to the least worst, here are the five worst Virgil Abloh x IKEA products.
"HOMEWORK" Toolkit Orange
Starting off this list at number five we have the "HOMEWORK" Toolkit Orange. While Virgil isn’t the first to do a tools (looking at you Supreme) there is something to be said taking what IKEA does with mass production, placing the words “HOMEWORK” on it, and calling it a day. What excites people the most about doing a collaboration with IKEA was this idea that there might be some interesting things to come out of it. Instead, this just feels like something you’d see at some corporate event, a throw away item with little thought or effort put into it just made to get out corporate branding, not something made by a renowned fashion icon. This just came out a few days ago at the time of this writing so you have to wonder how much this will shoot up in resale value.
Virgil Abloh x IKEA MARKERAD "TEMPORARY" Wall Clock
Again, Virgil is given an opportunity to wow and excite and comes up short. The “TEMPORARY” wall clock just screams as a lazy way to put out something that people will just buy because it has Virgil’s name on it. I put this slightly higher on the list because I at least like the design, but at the same time, Virgil could have at least put out another color beside just white. This wall clock also feels like something you could create on your own, as a tribute to Virgil, instead of something Virgil would put out. Like the toolset, the “TEMPORARY” wall clock just came out and is already selling for $68 on the resale site stockX.
Virgil Abloh x IKEA "BLUE" Rug
Released in 2018 this eyesore of a rug was sold at Paris fashion week limited quantities so you know that means the resale value for this only shot up once was out. Sporting Virgils signature “”, the use of all caps Helvetia, and the bottom right Off White trademark logo, you would think this rug would be a no brained. Instead the rug sports a primary red color that you know just hurts to look at the more you stare. On top of that the “BLUE” in the middle does do this rug any favors, just coming off as ugly. You have to wonder if the people who bought this rug would actually put this down in their homes or would it just sit in a closest somewhere, waiting for some hypebeast with too much money on their hands to buy up at a huge resale price.
Virgil Abloh x IKEA MARKERAD Large Bag
I think that with this one the reasons why I have this bag slightly higher on the list is that at least Virgil went with a different color instead of IKEAs signature blue. It would have been very easy for Virgil to have just taken the signature blue bag that IKEA sells at every checkout lane, slap on a word in quotations, and call it a day. At least with this one the bag sports a different color, is made from a different material, and actually looks like something I would want to buy. Say what you will about the other items on this list but at least it feels like Virgil tried with this one. This bag was just released in the second collection that Virgil put out with IKEA this year.
Virgil Abloh x IKEA MARKERAD Cushion Cover
It’s a pillowcase. Let that sink in for a moment. Virgil Abloh decided that this what he needed to put out for his second collaboration with IKEA. I mean, visually, it’s not the worst looking thing on this list, but at the same time, if you had the pillowcase on the wrong side it would look like any other simple pillowcase from IKEA. I think the only thing that it has going for it that could possibly work in its favor is that at least the resale value on this thing isn’t that absurd. Coming in at a humble $26 on stockX as of this moment it might actually be the least expensive thing you can buy that Virgil Abloh has ever put out.