Think of all the things you store at home. It could be preserves in the pantry, books and frames in the living room or paint and other stuff in the garage. IVAR storage system has been around since the 1960s, helping people with these and many other things. To make IVAR stay relevant, we decided to update it to today’s reality where people live in smaller spaces and have more multifunctional rooms than when IVAR launched. But trying to create something that works for everybody turned out to not be an easy task.
The challenging part was trying to combine different ways of using IVAR—storage, eating, hobbies, working, display—into one piece of furniture. "Customers all have a different perspective of what IVAR is,” says Karin Blindh Pedersen who was part of the team. “And we don't want IVAR to feel like a compromise for anyone.” One of the new features Karin and her team created is a storage unit with foldable table that's simple and easy to use.
The team thought of all the ways people might use IVAR and the storage with foldable table. That's how the question came up: what happens if someone accidentally kicks a table leg during dinner? They gathered around a prototype and set a glass of water on the tabletop. Philip Nedergaard, engineer in the team, delivered a swift kick to a leg. Crack—smash—splash! "It was quite apparently a problem," chuckles Philip. "So we added a lock onto the legs, so you can't kick them in."
Every aspect of the storage unit with foldable table is designed to be easy to use, durable, and relevant for all customer needs, no matter how they use it. "I'm so happy we didn't compromise on anything," says Karin. "We're so proud that we managed to do everything that we wanted for our customers."