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Collaborate with IKEA

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.
A pile of cushions in a beige cotton/linen blend.

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.

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.
A 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.

“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.”

A handmade bamboo chair with black seat and back.
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 holding a poster with a repetitive pattern of bread wrapped in blue ribbon and in front of him is a stool with three green apples stacked on top of each other with a camera on top.
A man standing in a misty forest beside a poster with small black drawn figures, sitting and laying in the moss.
A poster with a woman standing on a skateboard, with her skirt blowing up over her head.
Close-up photo of Jill Greenberg, photographer and artist.

“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.”

A display of a colourful collection with fun patterns consisting of tableware, boxes, textiles and a camping tent.
A display of a collection with fun patterns consisting of tableware, boxes and textiles.

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 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.

And some more highlights…