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IKEA Highlights

2017

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.

Try before you buy

IKEA has launched IKEA Place, an augmented reality app based on the Apple ARKit framework. Find out how it makes homes furnishing more fun and less frustrating here.

A dose of Swedishness

See what happens when the IKEA Store of the Year Award winners from Wroclaw, Poland visit the very heart of IKEA - Älmhult, Sweden.

Playing for change

Meet Hay Tar Gay, one of the children benefiting from the partnership between the IKEA Foundation and Handicap International.

From private passion to full time job

We talk to Martin Nordin from IKEA Food, who turned his private passion for food into his profession. (Not to mention a flourishing Instagram account and a cook book.)

Let there be light!

The IKEA range of smart lighting keeps getting smarter, giving people more and more options. Find out how it’s making life brighter and easier here.

What makes a home?

For the past five years IKEA has published the Life at Home Report. This year they sought out people from around the world who are challenging ideas about the home. They call them “Home Pioneers”.

Plastic reborn

IKEA is committing to circularity. Read about how they are reducing demands on the earth’s resources by giving waste new life.

It’s not about the names. It’s about learning.

IKEA of Sweden is collaborating with a long list of exciting designers, both up-and-comers and established names. Find out why here.

Chasing away the darkness

Thanks to co-workers and customers who supported the ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’ campaign, the IKEA Foundation was able to fund the world’s first solar farm in a refugee camp. Read more here.

Milan meets the new living room

Join the “IKEA Festival – Let’s Make Room For Life” from the 2017 Milan Furniture Fair - a 3500 m2 event nominated as one of the best 40 exhibitions.

IKEA 2017 by numbers

Many companies, organisations and people – together – shape IKEA. Each and every person, idea and solution contribute to the big picture. Here is a selection of facts and figures that give a glimpse of the IKEA year that passed.

Democratic Design Days

Each year journalists and collaborators from around the world are invited to join IKEA in Älmhult, Sweden, where they’re treated to exciting news and sneak previews of upcoming collections. Take a look here.

Good design that’s doing good

Better Shelter, a flat-pack temporary emergency refugee shelter project supported by IKEA Foundation, has been awarded ‘Beazley Design of the Year’ by London’s respected Design Museum. Read more here.

Films and ads

Funny, informative and even moving, here is some of the best stuff from the wide and wonderful world of IKEA.

On the verge of something BIG

IKEA India gets ready to open

A new life for refugees

For refugees, getting to safety is just the beginning. Once there, they still have to build new life. Here, we report on two things IKEA is doing to help them take that next step.

The Future of Food

Michael La Cour, Managing Director IKEA Food Services AB, tells us how IKEA is bringing it’s muscle to the table to support more sustainable, healthy eating.

Is doing good, good business?

Can affordably-priced products, also be sustainably produced with good working conditions and fair wages? When they’re produced the IKEA way they can.