Last weekend IKEA joined the music, food and beer festival HAVEN in Copenhagen. Great food, drinks, live music sessions with Teenage Engineering, special guest appearances and a few early stage prototypes from the upcoming FREKVENS collection were just some of the highlights. If you missed out on the experience, here is a short summary.
“When I think of IKEA, I think of home.” Michael Lau, a contemporary artist from Hong Kong, finds that one of his first impressions of IKEA is that it offers a lot of affordable, functional pieces for modern living. “It’s great.” We met with him to find out about his Soul Toy, a figurine that is part of the upcoming IKEA Art Event.
Art is just as necessary as eating or sleeping for Junko Mizuno, a Japanese artist recognised by her paintings, comics, toy designs and illustrations inspired by 70s and 80s Japanese pop culture. Today she’s living in the US, but we met with her to find out just how it has been to design a glass figurine with IKEA.
Izumi Matsumoto lives differently. Not only is she renovating an old building in Tokyo, which is unusual, she also has three other locations she also calls home and shares with several generations of her family. IKEA is interested in how she organises her home so invited her to a workshop in Copenhagen to find out more.