Inimitable singer, Solange Knowles, has announced plans to collaborate with Swedish homeware giant, IKEA. We take a closer look at this seemingly unlikely duo.
What is Ikea? A renowned Swedish furniture and design retailer at the forefront of innovation. You ought to know who Solange is, but for context, she’s a singer-songwriter turned multi-disciplinary artist through performance pieces and collaborations via her web platform and retail space, Saint Heron. Solange is best known for eclectic fashion sense and futuristic approach to design and IKEA has crossed-over into pop culture/fashion on several occasions with collaborations with Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh and many more.
Saint Heron x IKEA: Objects, Space, Architecture
The Saint Heron x Ikea collaboration explores “architectural and interior design objects with multifunctional use”, which could mean that we can expect literally anything – from tables to cushions. What is most fascinating about this partnership is that both Ikea and Solange are synonymous with going against the grain, which is likely why the retailer sought her out.
Solange set the tone for the artistic direction her brand was going in after releasing her Grammy-winning album, A Seat At The Table.
The performances that followed were unlike we’ve ever seen before. Most noted were the interpretive song and dance performance at the Guggenheim in March 2017. “An ode to” set a precedent for a musician of her caliber using art, performance and history in a considered way.
Knowles is clearly no stranger to art world politics and has voiced her opinion on the lack of diversity when it comes to public art spaces. Following the performance at the Guggenheim, Solange put together yet another visually compelling feast with “Scales”, an instrumental choreographed performance in front of a Cy Twombly painting. This and her future performances recognized, late artists of colour whose work got caught between museum’s and their “racial bias.”