On the 31st of March, product developers Ricky Ericsson and Krister Nilsson will walk out of IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult for the last time. Going with them will be more than 80 years of knowledge about product development at IKEA. We caught up with them whilst they were on a short break from developing their last collection with IKEA, YPPERLIG, a collaboration with Danish HAY Design.
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.