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IKEA HIGHLIGHTS 2016
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A WORLD OF
CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS
WRITER: INA SIMONSEN
2016 has seen a series of IKEA collaborations – a great way to explore new colours, shapes and patterns of thinking. Among the more surprising partners are fashion designers, like Katie Eary, Walter Van Beirendonck and Kit Neale. But, fashion designers are far from the only external inspirers that have recently been invited to join IKEA on common design adventures. Among them are also a glass master, an interior guru and 25 New Delhi-based design students.
The learning experience isn’t over. The coming year will see the result of several equally exciting collaborations, like the STUNSIG collection featuring six young print-, pattern- and colour-loving designers and artists, or the still unnamed collection signed IKEA and lighting maestro Tom Dixon, and yet another collaboration with Danish design brand Hay – just to mention a few.
But first, let’s take a look at what 2016 had to offer...
A stoneware jug and a serving plate decorated with stones shown on a coffee table with cork table top. Close-up of handmade glass bottles and jars, completed with cork lids.A beige day-bed with woven seat and back shown with a thick mattress pad, grey and beige cushions and blankets.
IKEA HIGHLIGHTS 2016
A pile of cushions in a beige cotton/linen blend.Handmade glass bottles and stoneware jugs on a cork table shown together with cork stools.Close-up of a cushion and the back of a beige sofa.Two stoneware jugs and a serving plate decorated with stones shown on a coffee table with cork table top.
CRAWFORD ENGAGES YOUR SENSES
“It’s so important to get human qualitites like warmth, well-being and care into the end product. While this might sound fluffy, in practice it’s a rigorous process.” The words are Ilse Crawford’s, and she knows what she’s talking about. World famous for her interior furnishing and design projects she’s been a fabulous sparring partner to the IKEA team in the creation of the SINNERLIG collection. The outcome is more than 30, good to use, brilliant to look at, nice to the touch, pieces designed to engage our senses.
header lineA close-up photo of Ingegerd Råman, designer of the VIKTIGT collection.
RÅMAN’S EVERDAY SPECTACULAR
Each day is equally important for Swedish glass designer Ingegerd Råman. That’s why her work centres on the beauty of everyday objects and why she loves design that makes a statement through the understated. Constantly correcting and improving her work, Ingegerd keeps going until only the essence remains.
“This collection is about craft, it’s a project between craftsmen and the designer. It has a lot of energy, and looking at the objects now – the things we did – for me, it represents love,” she says about the VIKTIGT collection, handmade through and through.
A handmade bamboo chair with black seat and back.
This collection is about craft, it’s a project between craftsmen and the designer. It has a lot of energy, and looking at the objects now – the things we did – for me, it represents love.
Several white serving plates made of stoneware, seen from above.A woman holding a glass carafe, pouring water into a glass.A woman sitting in front of a mirror with gold ornaments, she is dressed in a cornflower blue skirt and a red/black top, beside her is a large poster of colourful butterfly wings.
EVERYONE’S AN ART INVESTOR
What we put on our walls says a lot about who we are, and many of us don’t settle for art that matches our sofa. That’s why IKEA stores around the globe turned into the world’s largest public gallery during a few spring weeks 2016, making it possible for everyone to invest in great art. Yes, this is referring to the second annual IKEA Art Event where 11 posters were on display – the works of 11 photographers, established ones as well as the up-and-coming, from all around the world
“The art world has gone a little crazy when it comes to money and that’s not what it’s about, really. I think all artists want to create art that’s accessible and this seems to be a good way to achieve that,” says photographer and New Yorker Jill Greenberg about the collaboration with IKEA.
A man standing in a misty forest beside a poster with small black drawn figures, sitting and laying in the moss.A woman sitting in front of a mirror with gold ornaments, she is dressed in a cornflower blue skirt and a red/black top, beside her is a large poster of colourful butterfly wings. A poster with a woman standing on a skateboard, with her skirt blowing up over her head.
The art world has gone a little crazy when it comes to money and that’s not what it’s about, really. I think all artists want to create art that’s accessible and this seems to be a good way to achieve that.
Close-up photo of Jill Greenberg, photographer and artist.A display of a colourful collection with fun patterns consisting of tableware, boxes, textiles and a camping tent.
KIT WANTS TO MAKE US SMILE
Start with four fictive album covers inspired by four loosely interpreted music styles, add a generation of modern nomads and voilà – you have the cornerstones of SPRIDD. The print-based collection of just about everything you need for an easier everyday life on the move is all about energy, attitude and fun. As it happens, the fun part is an inherent ingredient in all things signed fashion designer Kit Neale, who collaborated with IKEA in the making of the standout collection.
“It’s been a fun journey and hopefully the collection will be just as much fun to use. We want to bring smiles to people’s faces,” says Kit about the collaboration and the outcome.
Launched in selected markets November 2016 (global launch Febuary 2017).
A display of a collection with fun patterns consisting of tableware, boxes and textiles.A  girl with red glasses, rasta hair and a colourful jacket, doing dance moves.A display of a colourful collection with fun patterns consisting of tableware, boxes, textiles and pendant lamps.
It’s been a fun journey and hopefully the collection will be just as much fun to use.
A display of a colourful collection with fun patterns consisting of tableware, boxes, lamp shades, textiles and a camping tent.
THERE’S SO MUCH MORE
Check out some of the other fabulous IKEA collaborations took place during 2016, like GLÖDANDE and Milan Fashion Week.
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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