When Friso left the countryside for a 22 square meter apartment in Amsterdam, creating solutions for a limited space became almost like a sport. Today he lives in the middle of a Swedish forest, and the spruce trees around him have inspired the trees in this year’s winter collection that will literally take up zero floor space.
One of them was into building cities as a kid and couldn’t wait to get home after a family vacation to build what he had seen. For the other, LEGO play was a weekend activity with his big brother and friends. We talked to the designers Rasmus and Andreas about the IKEA and LEGO® “playdate” and designing BYGGLEK.
Early mornings, Rajaa usually takes the three-hour-long bus ride from the refugee camp to work with IKEA collections at The Jordan River Foundation in Amman. The job gives her family an income — and the design represents both courage and hope. Now she hopes the lockdown will come to an end so that she can get on the bus again.