Students from Swiss design school ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne recently developed an exhibition in collaboration with IKEA. Avoiding the temptation for excess, the goal of their project was to make fifty essential pieces of furniture for a basic apartment. We spoke with two of the students to find our more about their experience.
Two things happened in 1956. The Eurovision Song Contest was held for the first time in Lugano, Switzerland and a man named Gillis Lundgren established the IKEA Prototype Shop. We met with Henrik Holmberg, who is responsible for the Prototype Shop and designer Andreas Fredriksson to talk about this magical place where ideas materialise into objects.
DELAKTIG is really about exploring the future of seating and bedding as we know it today. At IKEA we believe that things simply become better if you work on them together. We were proven right on this when putting the open platform in the hands of some of the future designers at the Royal College of Art in London.
SPACE10 is a one year old future-living lab and exhibition space situated in the very centre of Copenhagen. Their mission is no less than investigating the future of urban living. IKEA is the initiating force behind SPACE10 but it features an ever changing line-up of curious designers and design-students in residence.
IKEA is launching SLADDA, a practical bike for day-to-day use. We met with the designers of SLADDA Oskar Juhlin, Jan Puranen and Kristian Eke from Veryday design studio. Our quest was to find out why a home furnishing company is not attempting to reinvent the wheel but definitely trying to realign it. And why before it was even launched, SLADDA was awarded one of Europe’s top design prizes.