IKEA Says Yes to Kanye's Plea, Jokingly

Rapper really wants to work with the furniture chain
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2016 2:24 PM CDT
Kanye West wants to work with IKEA.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – On Monday, Kanye West revealed one of his weirder ambitions: "I have to work with IKEA," the rapper told BBC Radio 1, begging the furniture chain to "allow Kanye to create." He explained that the chain's minimalist designs appeal to him, and that he wants to make "high-end" products that are accessible to the everyday person, "and bring it to the people." One of his specific ideas: He could design "a minimalist apartment inside of a college dorm, with a TV built inside of the wall." IKEA responded the same day, sort of, but the store had a slightly different idea of what Kanye could do for it.

"Hej Kanye, we’d love to see what you’d create…we could make you Famous!" IKEA Australia posted on Facebook, along with a picture of a giant bed apparently created by attaching three beds together. As the Guardian notes, IKEA Australia was referring to West's video for "Famous," in which he's joined in bed by not only his wife but a number of other celebrities. Quartz adds that West actually visited IKEA's headquarters back in March, tweeting afterward that he was "super inspired ... my mind is racing with the possibilities." But an IKEA rep tells Quartz that while the company is "flattered" by his interest, no collaboration with Kanye is currently planned. (Read more Kanye West stories.)

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