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IKEA HIGHLIGHTS 2016
STEPPING INTO THE
WORLD OF 3D PRINTING
WRITER: VANESSA ALGOTSSON
Ready for something new? So is IKEA. But when you’ve explored so much of life at home, where do you go next?
 A drawn fantasy figure with big feet and a square-shaped body, dressed in a pink hood and jacket with green dots. Shown together with the 3D version.A drawn red fantasy figure with two legs, four arms and eyes all over the body. Shown together with the 3D version.A drawn fantasy figure with a red bowl-shaped head, big earrings and a blue floor-length cape with yellow dots. Shown together with the 3D version.A drawn fantasy figure with a round head with two big feathers and a body covered in a green fur coat. Shown together with the 3D version.
Together with Anterwerp-based fashion designer, Walter Van Beirendonck, the limited edition GLÖDANDE collection was brought to life. Full of bright colours and a hefty shot of whimsy, the collection is based upon the fantasy world of the Wondermooi—Van Beirendonck’s children of the clouds. These beautiful, weird little creatures, the likes of which you’ve never seen before, are the inspiration and base of a collection of pre-cut fabrics, stationary, shopping bags, rugs, porcelain and pillows.
“Every collection is starting with research and the things I like to see together. When I started with the IKEA project, I wanted to handle it almost like a fashion collection. I really wanted to gather a lot of inspiration, think about stories, think about ideas which could evolve into other things. I wanted to tell a story,” says Van Beirendonck.
I really wanted to gather a lot of inspiration, think about stories, think about ideas which could evolve into other things. I wanted to tell a story.


In addition to the fabulous accessories, all five Wondermooi are available for 3D printing and come with painting instructions, a major first for IKEA. So go ahead and start getting creative!
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MEET BILLY AT HIS
COUNTRYSIDE BIRTHPLACE
He has been around for nearly four decades. Most of us have either lived with him or gotten to know him at a friend’s place. Come along and meet BILLY at his countryside birthplace where about 4.5 million BILLY bookcases see daylight each year.
Get the full story about the BILLY production
PROTECTING DESKS
… AND THE PLANET
Why not take recycling one step further and actually make new products out of waste? A few years back, someone at IKEA had this ‘crazy idea’… But now, this is turning into reality, saving money for the customers and finite resources for Mother Earth.
Learn more about the crazy idea
PEEKING INTO THE WORLD’S
LARGEST PRINT PRODUCTION
Translated into 33 languages, in 48 different markets, reaching about 255 million people, this year’s IKEA Catalogue welcomed everyone to be themselves. The statement was clear: IKEA doesn’t design furniture for consumers - they design for people. And the reality? People are human, and humans are not perfect.
Get a peek behind the scenes
FURNITURE MADE OUT OF PAPER. NO, SERIOUSLY!
Sofas and chairs made from the same stuff as egg cartons? And bench tops and table legs made from bamboo? Anything is possible as IKEA design-teams explore a world of materials.
Learn more about new materials
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IKEA HIGHLIGHTS
Many companies, organisations and people, together, shape IKEA. Each and every person, idea and solution contribute to the big picture. IKEA Highlights collects stories from different parts of the IKEA world to describe this year’s accomplishments, quirks and maybe even a few slips. Good thing we’re all human.
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A FORCE FOR GOOD DESIGN
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, David Wahl was given a mission. A young IKEA designer, David was asked to produce a unique object that could defeat the darkness in homes across the planet, bringing light and hope to the many. The result was the IKEA PS Pendant lamp: a planet-like lighting fixture that ‘explodes’ at the pull of a string, spilling warm, glorious light across surrounding spaces.
Read the full story about the IKEA PS Pendant lamp
MOST THINGS STILL
REMAIN TO BE DONE
Have you ever wondered where IKEA came from? Or how a simple country boy from Småland was inspired to create one of the world’s leading brands and help create a better everyday life for millions of people?
Find the answers in the full story