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.
There is a poetry to the way Pramod Singh speaks. When asked what he’s working on right now he says: “Oh my god, it’s an endless journey but I believe that’s the beauty of this work.” Pramod is a Cotton Leader at IKEA, but also, along with partners such as the WWF, he’s coaxing the cotton industry into a more sustainable future.