When Hanna-Kaarina recently unpacked boxes in her new Helsinki apartment she found three imperfect ceramic vases – her very first. While working in architecture office in Japan she took the train to join weekend courses in pottery in the suburbs of Tokyo. One thing lead to another, and now she is a product designer at IKEA. Meet Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä.
Late nights or really early mornings Nanette opens the windows to let the Copenhagen air into the apartment – before the morning traffic begins. She doesn’t drive a car anymore, but there are things she wishes she did better. Meet Nanette Weisdal, who went from finance and architecture to work for cleaner air.
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.