“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.
Artist and visual philosopher, James Jarvis, is one of nine participating artists in the upcoming IKEA Art Event. Mostly known for his toy designs, quirky simplistic illustrations, and comics, James embraces working with the unknown challenges of glass and IKEA enthusiastically. We sit down for a chat about art, the IKEA collaboration and skateboarding.