About 15 percent of the world’s population live with some form of disability. Together with leading experts in the field, IKEA is expanding its OMTÄNKSAM range with the aim of providing better products for them – and ultimately everyone. In mid-October IKEA gathered experts from UNYQ, Two Blind Brothers and Open Style Lab to an inspirational three-day event with lectures and talks in New York.
How can we improve accessibility in the home? Could customized solutions be mass-produced and still fit anyone’s unique needs? Together with UNYQ, a world leader in the fields of 3D printing and photometry, IKEA will explore new ways to develop better functionality at home at an upcoming event in New York this week.
An embroidery became a hefty ceramic cup and saucer with extra space for a cookie. A painted sun shines over a cityscape printed on a textile. The expectations were high when, for the first time, 26 members of the design collective Textilgruppen and Papperian gathered to see how IKEA used their art work for products in the coming summer collection.
By working together with social entrepreneur Mesteshukar ButiQ in Romania, IKEA is contributing to creating job opportunities for the Roma communities. Traditional handicraft made in wood and wicker is featured in the upcoming collection VÄLGÖRANDE. We met IKEA designer Mikael Axelsson behind the collection to learn more about the process behind the collection.
One week per year businesses, governments and organisations gather in New York in one of the key international events to drive action to limit climate change. IKEA is attending Climate Week NYC and we asked Andreas Ahrens how IKEA can tackle climate change in the business and in the many people’s daily lives.