Flattered but not interested is IKEA’s official response to Kanye West’s latest decree on wanting to work at the Swedish retailer. “I have to work with Ikea — make furniture for interior design, for architecture,” he said in a BBC Radio 1 interview on Monday. “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.”
West visited IKEA HQ in Almhult back in March, telling his Twitter followers at the time that he was “super inspired” and that his mind was “racing with the possibilities” design-wise. An IKEA spokesperson said in March that West spent time at its design division, but that only “time will tell” if a joint project was coming.
During Monday’s interview, West said he had an idea for a “minimalist apartment inside of a college dorm.”
Though a social media editor for IKEA’s Australia division had some fun mocking up a YEEZY bed, a rep for the home office has confirmed that the the company has nothing brewing with rapper… yet. “Although we are really flattered by Kanye West’s high interest in IKEA and the speculation around a joint venture, we have no plans to collaborate at this point in time,” a spokesperson told CNBC.
The statement also added some background as to why IKEA met with West in the first place. “At IKEA we are constantly curious about different people, companies, artists and events around the world,” the rep said. “To have these connections and inspiring meetings is an important way for us to find new ways to create a better everyday life for the many people.”
A spokesperson for IKEA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.