Virgil Abloh meets Jean Prouvé

Virgil Abloh meets Jean Prouvé

The deejay of contemporary creativity Virgil Abloh remixes for Vitra past and present, to imagine the future

Virgil Abloh returns to strike in the world of design. He has in fact designed a new accessory-container similar to a brick and revisited a chair and a lamp by Jean Prouvé for Vitra. Everything is a bright orange, with sunglasses. The production is of a few hundred specimens, to entice fans or collectors to hunt for rapid speculation (the pieces are already online at duplicate value).

The collaboration with Vitra follows that with Ikea (a line on sale from the autumn that declines in design the ready-made borrowed from contemporary art) and with the Carpenters Workshop Gallery (objects-sculpture of the same line designed for Ikea, but in version collection, on show at the Ca ‘d’Oro in Venice until 24 November).

Ceramic Block and Antony by Virgil Abloh in front of Jean Prouvé’s Petrol Station in the Vitra Campus.

Training engineer and successful entrepreneur (his off-white luxury streetwear brand), Abloh is also an artist and designer (at the head of Louis Vuitton Uomo since 2018), designer and architect: the boundaries between the disciplines fade into his practice, be it a shoe, a t-shirt, or a chair. “But – he concludes – the fact that in 2035 they will still need furniture remains completely debatable”.