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Future Design Week: Virgil Abloh and skater Alex Olson will be making their DJ debuts in Bali at Potato Head

Future Design Week: Virgil Abloh and skater Alex Olson will be making their DJ debuts in Bali at Potato Head

Bring the noise

Text: Ethan Lee

Editor: Aravin Sandran


Potato Head Bali will be closing out its Future Design Week programme with very special DJ sets by Louis Vuitton and Off-White designer Virgil Abloh and skater-turned-designer Alex Olson on Thursday, 23 May.

Future Design, which kicks off on 17 May, will gather local and international creatives at the hospitality destination for a week-long series of exhibitions, installations, talks and workshops to showcase and discuss forward-thinking sustainable design concepts and ideas.

 

Highlights of the programme's line-up include London-based furniture and fashion designer Faye Toogood, IKEA's research lab SPACE10 as well as Potato Head's very own culture and creative director Dan Mitchell.

 

Those in the know will already be familiar with Abloh's distinct hip-hop and R&B background and sound. Besides working with Kanye West, the man on everyone's lips at the moment has been going by the stage DJ name "Flat White" for quite some time now. The multi-hyphenate has also previously worked with music legends Jay-Z and Daft Punk.

Alex Olson, on the other hand, is a well-known name in the world of skateboarding. His popularity skyrocketed after he appeared in Supreme's "Cherry" skate movie and Nike's "Swoosh" short film back in 2015. On top of kick-flipping his way though New York's hip underground scene, he is also the mastermind behind streetwear labels Bianca Chandôn and Call Me 917, which are currently stocked at Dover Street Market Singapore.
His musical influences are vastly different from Abloh's, though. His clothing collections have repeatedly referenced iconic night clubs and music scenes of the 1970s. These include Paris Is Burning, The Paradise Garage, The Blue Parrot and DJ Larry Levan.

It's going to be an interesting night, jumping between genres and eras, for sure.

 

Get your tickets here.

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