Skip to main content

In the minds of IKEA designers

Every item in the IKEA range starts out the same way: as the brainchild of a talented designer, brought to life by a bigger team of developers, engineers, manufacturers and more, before finding its way into stores as a finished product. What thoughts and considerations went into some of our most-loved products? Well, the best way to find out is to ask!

A sunny bedroom with a black bedside table holding books and a lamp beside a blue TUFJORD bed covered in white bed linen.
A sunny bedroom with a black bedside table holding books and a lamp beside a blue TUFJORD bed covered in white bed linen.

TUFJORD bedframe by Ola Wihlborg

The TUFJORD upholstered bed frame brings a soft and luxurious feeling to the bedroom, with top-quality materials and details. “When I designed TUFJORD,” Ola explains, “I wanted to maximise comfort and softness and create an embracing feeling in bed. The curved headboard creates a secluded place for cocooning moments ⎼ like reading or relaxing after a long day. The shaped metal legs and the soft, beautiful upholstery give the bed a characteristic look.”

See all upholstered beds
The corner of a blue upholstered TUFJORD bed with two pillows covered in white bed linen, and a silver reading lamp.
See all upholstered beds

CHILIFRUKT vase by Mikael Axelsson

In the beginning, the CHILIFRUKT vase wasn’t even a vase at all. “It actually started out as a jug – and you can still use it as both,” Mikael says. “I like to keep my designs as simple as possible, with a reason backing every single decision. At the same time, I don’t want to end up with something boring or expected, so I try to find an unusual element that still adds purpose to the piece. This vase’s interesting pinched look also makes it easy to pour from; and achieving both is what I aim for in all my work.”

See all vases
A CHILIFRUKT vase on a curved dark wood table top containing a single flower stem beside a blue bowl and a pile of books.
See all vases
A beige BRÖNDEN low pile rug on a dark floor with two beige pouffes on it, and a STOCKHOLM coffee table beside it.

BRÖNDEN rug by Akanksha Deo

Handcrafted details come up again and again in Akanksha’s work. She has worked closely with craftspeople in her home country, India, which taught her to appreciate the skills mastered over many generations.

See all handmade rugs

HAVSTEN chair by Andreas Fredriksson

Andreas dreamed of making a modular sofa that could be used inside or outside. “I wanted to make a truly flexible sofa,” he explains. “Easy to add onto, move around, and furnish in different ways.” The sofa differed a lot from other comfortable outdoor sofas that are often big and heavy. Andreas’ design idea was to use light steel tubes to build an airy metal skeleton covered with mesh in order to form the frame of the sofa. Thick pads and cushions are then placed over the mesh to provide comfort.

See all outdoor chairs
A HAVSTEN easy chair decorated with cushions surrounded by plants on a sunny terrace with a basket of blankets at its side.
See all outdoor chairs

MÅNALG wall lamp by Hanna Klarqvist

Hanna’s aim as a designer is always to create products that are functional, beautiful and sustainable so that people want to have them in their home for a long time. “With MÅNALG, my mission was to find out how to best use natural fibres in a wall lamp. I wanted the lamp to be both decorative but still create a beautiful and functional light. Sedge is a great material and creates an almost textile feeling with its different layers and directions.”

See all wall lamps
A MÅNALG wall lamp with flowers below it, on a wall with a natural covering. The bulb is on, creating a dramatic effect.
See all wall lamps