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Kanye: Yo, IKEA allow me to create. IKEA: Um, no

IKEA turns down working with Kanye West
IKEA turns down working with Kanye West

Swedish furniture brand IKEA has poured cold water on Kanye West's ambitions to design a range of furniture for the company, telling CNBC that there were currently "no plans to collaborate" with the ambitious rapper and fashion designer.

West, who calls himself "creative genius," said in an interview with the BBC's Radio 1 station Monday that he wanted to work with the Scandinavian furniture retailer.

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

"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," he said during the interview. He also believed that students might be keen for him to design a "a minimalist apartment inside of a college dorm."

IKEA put a dampener on West's request, however, with an IKEA spokesperson telling CNBC that there was no chance of a West-designed line for the retailer any time soon.

"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," the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Known for its modern, affordable design and self-assemble furniture, IKEA said that it was nonetheless open to outside sources of inspiration.

"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," the spokesperson told CNBC.

West's admiration for the brand is nothing new. In March, the avid Twitter user said he was "super inspired" after visiting an IKEA store in Sweden and prompted speculation by a subsequent tweet saying he was "designing in Sweden."



West has set up his own "design company" called DONDA in 2012. Like IKEA, he said that the company's goal was to "to make products and experiences that people want and can afford." His design collaborations with the likes of Nike and Adidas in recent years have been criticized by fans for being too pricey, however.

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