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Kanye West now 'wants to work with IKEA'

Rapper extraordinaire, entrepreneur and fashion designer Kanye West now wants to add another string to his bow by working with Swedish brand IKEA on a range of furniture, the BBC reported on Monday.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1 due to be aired later on Monday, West said that he was keen to do a range for the European furniture retailer, known for its affordable, self-assembly furniture and home wares.

"I have to work with Ikea - make furniture for interior design, for architecture," he told the BBC's popular music channel.

Giving a preview of the interview, the BBC said that West believed students would be keen for him to create "a minimalist apartment inside of a college dorm."

"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."

It's not the first time that West's name has been connected to IKEA as the rapper was photographed visiting one of the company's Swedish stores earlier this year.

Responding to West's comments, an IKEA spokesperson told CNBC that, unfortunately, it was not interested in working with the artist now.

"At IKEA we are constantly curious about different people, companies, artists and events around the world. 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."

"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."

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West rose to fame as a producer in the early 2000s before becoming a rapper and songwriter. As well as continuing to make music, West has embarked on a sideline as a fashion designer, working with brands including Nike and Adidas.

In 2012, he announced the launch of DONDA, which he described as "a design company" that had the "goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford" – giving him something in common with IKEA.

West's collection for Adidas has been criticized by fans for being too highly-priced, however.

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