Recognized as the creative world’s “jack of all trades,” Virgil Abloh‘s multidisciplinary approach to design has positioned him as one of the industry’s top rising talents.
By Katherine Guimapang
Over the last decade, his impact on the music and fashion industries has quickly created a robust following for the 39-year-old designer. Abloh’s most recent venture outside of the fashion world pivots away from clothing, slightly, and toward concrete furniture pieces that retain his trademark nods to street culture.
Much of the collection’s influence, according to the designer, is taken from skate ramps and other everyday concrete elements found within urban landscapes. Abloh shared with WWD that designing furniture is something he’s been doing since his days in college. With a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Abloh is no stranger to structural forms, fabrication, and design.