Abloh Oil Burner / Object
Refined, luxurious, and functional: exactly what you can expect from Markian.
Crafted from solid brass, the Abloh oil burner is a stylish and sculptural way to gently diffuse your favourite fragrance. The custom cast-metal body gives the object a luxurious and satisfying weight whilst the opening at the top allows the light from the candle to emit a soft, warm glow.
Made up of three components, Abloh is multifunctional, doubling as a jewellery holder, display dish, or reed diffuser. Abloh comes highly polished but will develop a natural patina as it oxidises. We believe that this enhances the beauty of the product as it is the nature of the material. If you do not want your product to have a patina finish, you may use a metal polish.
If you like a shiny finish then you can use a suitable brass polish along with a non-abrasive clean cloth.
If you like a more authentic well maintained but ‘aged’ look then give a more gentle polish less frequently and try and apply pressure only to the raised surfaces – on a product with detail this will mean that the crevices are left to darken over time giving a more defined and well-worn appearance.
On the other hand, you can allow your brass to darken over time. If you never polish it, it will dull right down and depending on the level of copper it contains may show signs of a greenish tinge. However, as solid brass will not rust, you can use a decent amount of elbow grease and brass polish to regain the shine after many years. For more serious cases, a very fine wire wool could be used with polish – this should be done with caution as you need to avoid scratching the surface.
Overall 100mm x 100mm / Lid 100mm x 10mm
“I feel like, what’s the point of design and art if you’re not creating and thinking freely? It’s the duty of artists to dream out loud in a productive way. For me, it’s depressing if an industry based on creativity just makes decisions on a practical basis.” - Virgil Abloh.
Virgil Abloh was an artist, architect, and fashion designer. He was born in Rockford, Illinois (U.S.A.), in 1980 to Ghanaian immigrant parents. His father managed a paint company, and his mother was a seamstress, the latter of whom taught Abloh the tricks of her trade.
Abloh then obtained a master’s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Whilst Abloh was attending IIT, there was a building on campus under construction designed by the architect Rem Koolhaas (who had also worked on runway collections for Prada), which helped spark his interest in fashion. While studying architecture, he designed T-shirts and wrote on fashion and design for a well-known blog, The Brilliance.
It was at the Illinois Institute of Technology where Abloh was introduced to a curriculum established by Mies van der Rohe, formed from the notions of Bauhaus, that taught him to combine the fields of art, craft and design. These theories, merged with contemporary culture, makeup Abloh’s inter-disciplinary practice today.
In 2009, Abloh and West became interns at Fendi in Rome. This began their collaborative relationship, with West appointing Abloh the creative director of his creative agency, Donda, as well as the artistic director for the 2011 Jay-Z/West album, Watch the Throne.
Off-White, Abloh’s first fashion house, was formed in 2013. Based in Milan, Italy, the company was described by Abloh as "the grey area between black and white as the colour off-white" to investors and fashion critics. The brand lead generated widespread attention for his apparel beginning in Paris, then expanding to China, Japan, and the United States. The clothing line can be identified through its use of quotation marks, zip-ties, capital letters, and barricade tape. By the end of 2018, an index of sales and consumer sentiment ranked Off-White as the hottest label globally, surpassing Gucci.
On March 25, 2018, Abloh was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear ready wear line, making him the first person of African descent to lead the brand's menswear line, as well as one of the few black designers at the helm of a major French fashion house.
Abloh’s scope was widespread. He frequently collaborated with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and has exhibited internationally, including Murakami's Kaikai Kiki art gallery in Tokyo, the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Gagosian Gallery's outposts in London, Paris, and Beverly Hills. He has been DJing since his teens and has held many residencies worldwide. In 2021, he launched a new monthly two-hour internet radio show on Worldwide FM, "Imaginary Radio" c/o Virgil Abloh. The show featured DJ sets and interviews with musicians and other creatives; early guests included artists like electronic artist Omar-S and Alex Sowinski ofBadBadNotGood.
Abloh was a prolific philanthropist, establishing the Virgil Abloh "Post-Modern" Scholarship Fund. Abloh raised $1 million for the scholarships, which the Fashion Scholarship Fund will manage to assist Black students. On top of fundraising initiatives with Off-White and Nike, Abloh spent a significant amount of time mentoring young designers.
He has won countless awards and prizes, including the LVMH prize, the Urban Luxe award at the British Fashion Awards, and the International designer of the Year at the GQ Men of the year awards. Abloh was listed as one of Timemagazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2018, one of two designers named that year.
In 2019, Abloh was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma, a type of cancer, though he kept the diagnosis private. He died on November 28, 2021, in Chicago at age 41.