When she was 16-year-old, she started a company of her own, selling handcrafted silver jewellery. The business did quite well but Maria O’Brian had to let it go four years later to focus on her studies as an industrial designer. The passion for creativity had, however, found its way into Maria’s mind and heart. Today, she is one of the key persons behind the soon-to-launch LOKALT collection.
She wanted something that gives you a fuzzy tingly feeling when you walk on it. IKEA designer Akanksha Deo started experimenting with different kinds of yarn and wool for a rug together with Indian artisans. This is how they came up with a new loop technique and combined different Indian textile traditions and textiles for the coming collection LOKALT.
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.
Colours, sizes, angles, volumes, packaging and logistics. There are lots to get through when a team from IKEA meets up with Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek for a product review. Together they will adjust and fine-tune INDUSTRIELL, a collection of items that are smart, functional and mass-produced – and equally imperfect, tactile and unique.
Everything you’ve done at home, they’ve already done it here in the Test Lab. With scientific precision the technicians and engineers can predict, prevent and analyse the future lives of IKEA products. They test things you can’t see, smell things you can’t smell and break things you’d never intentionally break.