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Kanye West really, really wants to design furniture for IKEA

‘Yo IKEA, allow Kanye to create’

Kanye West’s fascination with IKEA is no great secret. After visiting the Swedish headquarters back in March, the rapper and designer has been vocal about his love for the budget furniture store. “Super inspired by my visit to IKEA today,” he wrote in a tweet shortly after the visit. “Really amazing company… my mind is racing with the possibilities…”

Just what these possibilities are has never really been clarified, and both West and IKEA have kept very quiet about any potential collaboration. However, in a new interview with BBC Radio One, the “Wolves” rapper has finally revealed a little more about this peculiar partnership, and what he ultimately hopes to achieve with it.

“I have to work with IKEA – make furniture for interior design, for architecture,” he told host Annie Mac, before casually slipping into the third person. “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.” 

West added that his minimalist style would be perfectly suited for “college dorms” where “the TV goes on the side of the wall.”

You can tune in to watch the full interview – where the Chicago rapper discusses politics, Glastonbury, and his 2020 presidential bid – on the official BBC website here tonight (Monday 1).

UPDATE (2/8/16): IKEA – which has previously collaborated with Belgian arch-provocateur Walter Van Beirendonck – has now responded to West’s requests, telling CNBC on Monday that – while the company was “flattered” by his “high interest” – it had no intention to collaborate “at this point in time.”

Fortunately, though, the Australian branch of the company is a little more enthusiastic about the idea. Issuing an enthusiastic statement on Facebook today, the team made a mock-up ‘Yeezy’ bed frame design (a nod to the rapper’s latest music video) in celebration of the news. “Hej Kanye, we'd love to see what you create,” IKEA Australia joked. “We could make you Famous.”