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ART EVENT

What happens when you mash up the world of manga, designer toys and comics with the age-old techniques of handmade Swedish art glass? We wanted to find out.

The eight crystal glass figurines in the IKEA Art Collection 2018 show what happens when you mash up the world of manga, designer toys and comics with the age-old techniques of handmade Swedish glass art.

A collection of eight crystal glass figurines that are playful, expressive and accessible - with a whole world inside of them.

Michael Lau

“My piece is titled Soul Toy. I believe there is a soul within each piece of art. The eyes and tongue of Soul Toy hint the letters of “toy”, while the shape of the figure itself suggests the form of a soul. I think this speaks to the piece in a witty way.”

Arkiv Vilmansa

“My figure is named Hira, which means “good dreams”. It’s an abstract visualization of the life that we’ve been through. A character entangled in a power struggle to emerge to the ultimate realm. I wanted to convey that life is simple.”

Ludvig Löfgren

“I like working with strong symbols like the eye. Turquoise signifies protection against the “evil eye”. I like working with symbols because it allows me to start digging into history. They have layers and precise messages that many can relate to.”

Nathan Jurevicius

“The owl is an important part of my Lithuanian heritage where it appears heavily in mythology. Owls are nocturnal and this one I call Sutemos, which means “nightfall”. That is also the time of day when I’m most creative, when my ideas flow.”

Junko Mizuno

“I wanted to make a simple, but beautiful figurine inspired by vintage collectable figurines and toys from late 60s to early 70s. I named her Nocturnal because I’m a night person. I worked on the design at night, too!”

Joe Ledbetter

“My very first design was a bunny. People really reacted to him. He was sort of autobiographical. And he really put me on the map in the designer toy world. So, it felt natural to make a bunny out of glass”.

Coarse

“We asked “What about the fox who is not so clever, who does not want to trick others”? This fox is shy, vulnerable, afraid of the world. Always on the alert, but never ready to attack, she’s an outsider among her species.”

James Jarvis

“Drawing is the foundation for all my work, but this is exciting because it’s a different type of product – in a material that has a real history to it. I didn’t realise glassblowing is so human and such an organic process.”

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IKEA ART EVENT 2018

IKEA IKEA ART EVENT 2018 decoration The figurine is designed by James Jarvis.

IKEA ART EVENT 2018

IKEA IKEA ART EVENT 2018 decoration The figurine is designed by Arkiv Vilmansa.

IKEA ART EVENT 2018

IKEA IKEA ART EVENT 2018 decoration The figurine is designed by the design duo Coarse.

IKEA ART EVENT 2018

IKEA IKEA ART EVENT 2018 decoration The figurine is designed by Joe Ledbetter.

IKEA ART EVENT 2018

IKEA IKEA ART EVENT 2018 decoration The figurine is designed by Junko Mizuno.

IKEA ART EVENT 2018

IKEA IKEA ART EVENT 2018 decoration The figurine is designed by Michael Lau.

IKEA ART EVENT 2018

IKEA IKEA ART EVENT 2018 decoration The figurine is designed by Nathan Jurevicius.

IKEA ART EVENT 2018

IKEA IKEA ART EVENT 2018 decoration The figurine is designed by Ludvig Löfgren.
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