By working together with social entrepreneur Romana ButiQ in Romania, IKEA is creating job opportunities for the Roma population. Traditional handicraft made in wood and wicker is featured in the upcoming collection VÄLGÖRANDE. We talked to one of the IKEA designers behind the collection, Mikael Axelsson.
Play is a great way to make our everyday lives better. And it’s not just for kids! While researching the IKEA Play Report 2017, IKEA held a workshop where co-workers and consumers came up with ideas for making the IKEA range more playful. How about a lamp that snows or a sofa that doubles as a trampoline?
Designer Mikael Axelsson’s prejudices about IKEA as a production machine without freedom have come to nothing. Five years in, he enjoys both the artistry and the boundaries of making Democratic Design at IKEA. We spoke to him about his childhood creations and most meaningful projects he has worked on at IKEA, such as the VÄLGÖRANDE collection, a collaboration with artisans in Romania.
Through a network of social entrepreneurs in Jordan, IKEA is creating jobs for Jordanian women and refugees coming mainly from Syria. Their skills in handicraft are on display in TILLTALANDE; a collection developed together with a team from IKEA, including the designer and self-proclaimed textile nerd, IKEA Designer Paulin Machado.