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IKEA HIGHLIGHTS 2016
SAY HELLO TO THE NEW TOP CHEF:
YOUR KID
WRITER: VANESSA ALGOTSSON
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Food. It’s everywhere these days. Not just in the fridge or on the dinner table. It’s on TV, in never-ending rows of magazines and online. And how could this be anything but awesome? Kids today have access to knowledge and a world of ingredients, like no generation that has come before. IKEA wants to help them harness this power at a young age. But they get it. It’s not always easy for parents to let go. Watching your child handle a giant chef’s knife? Eh, no thanks.
IKEA STARTED BY LISTENING to a slew of experts. “If you learn to cook at an early age, you will continue with it,” says IKEA product developer Lennie Malmgren, a trained chef who has worked in the IKEA Cooking Department for six years. “It’s like riding a bike or learning a language; if you learn it at an older age it takes so much longer and you might lose interest.”
“If you want your kids to start cooking at an early age, you have nothing for them to use,” says Lennie “Everything is oversized. So you give them a dinner knife, which is not sharp at all. Then the kids get tired, bored and they don’t want to cook anymore.”
A person holding two ice lolly makers with pineapple and strawberry ice.
So how do you let your kids take charge in the kitchen and still maintain your sanity?
So the design team decided to create SMÅBIT. It gets the job done just as well as an adult knife, but with some essential kid-friendly features like a non-slip grip, a protective plastic sleeve and a blunt tip. The collection even includes one of the trickiest kitchen tools, the vegetable peeler. This one was designed with a super safe T-shape.
A person holding a light blue, heart-shaped baking mould.A person holding a whisk with a little cream on, that is cranked by hand.
WITH BASIC SAFETY taken care of, the next step was to understand how ­children think. And to figure out exactly what they need from adults. What they expressed was refreshing, and in typical kid fashion, blunt. From the mouths of babes, here’s what they said:
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1. Don’t correct us all the time.
That just makes us want to run out and never come back.
2. Don’t get mad if we fail.
A smart guy once said “we learn from our mistakes.” We believe that guy.
3. Don’t rush us!
Learning takes time; try to relax for a minute.
4. It’s ok to get tired or lose interest.
5. And what’s wrong with being messy?!
It’s actually more fun that way. You’ll see.
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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