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.
Since 2005 Indonesian painter and designer, Arkiv Vilmansa has become a prominent name in the lowbrow art and designer toy scene. Today, he’s a part of our upcoming IKEA Art Event collaboration featuring glass figurines. We joined him on a visit to see his prototypes for the first time at the Målerås glassworks in Sweden.
“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.