“We got a lot of good ideas from the supplier in the development process and ended up introducing other fabric colours from industrial textile surplus to create a different fabric," Luca adds. "It helped make the yellow less yellow and the blue less blue."
The making of coloured fabrics, especially multi-coloured ones, usually requires dyeing – a process that can add quite a cost to both resources and the price of the final product in stores. A key takeaway from the making of VÄXELBRUK was being able to adjust colours without having to go through a dying process. All it took was a bit of playing around with the colours of the recycled fibres; combining them instead to create the desired colour effect.
One of the most challenging – and valuable – lessons learned from the making of VÄXELBRUK, however, didn’t have to do with its specific product development or design at all.
“It was basically the first time we managed and repurposed our own potential waste within IKEA at this scale, so we had to learn to navigate quite a complex landscape in terms of requirements, legislation, and logistics. How to move the material, working with the right carriers with special licenses to receive and manage them. We studied all of these things very closely," Luca explains.