Beyond Hacking: IKEA Is Introducing Handcrafted Limited Edition Collections
I appreciate IKEA’s trend of partnering with various companies to produce limited edition collections. For instance, a “splashy” new line with Dutch studio Scholten & Baijings capitalizing on a beloved DIY pastime of hacking off-the-shelf products. IKEA wants to be part of it too!
Having done my own share of IKEA hacking as seen in the cover image and as revealed in a downloadable free ideaBOOK Upcycling IKEA, I am intrigued. It gives me a good reason to visit my local mega-retailer even if there’s no specific project at hand.
Well, hacking is personalization. It goes way beyond the surface treatment.
IKEA is seeking opportunities to create something unexpected. The goal is to explore “the creative space in between architecture, design, art, and music.” The ambition is clear. They want to be your one and only source of just about everything. Even actual art!
Already well known and revered for their iconic minimalist products, IKEA is taking a maximalist approach. They are introducing handcrafted, limited edition collections.
8 artists are designing a limited edition collection of Art Rugs that will be available in the U.S. in 2019.
They are collaborating with a Japanese audio brand Teenage Engineering “to make it even easier to throw an impromptu party.”
10 designers from African countries and IKEA are making furniture inspired by “modern urban rituals.”
Swedish textile designer Martin Bergström together with artisans in rural India, Romania, and Thailand is working on another line of limited edition handcrafted objects with an added benefit of creating jobs.
For the purposes of studying life in small spaces, IKEA enlisted a 5-people crew. They lived in a Mars simulation habitat for three days. The resulting collection “will be divided into four different launches based on the concepts of Time, Small Space, Water, and Air respectively.”
Isn’t that interesting! I’d love to move beyond personal projects requiring hacking IKEA and work on any of those teams. Well, no one is inviting me, but I’ll keep waiting. In the meantime, my daughter is launching a fashion brand. I can expand my horizons by helping her to create handcrafted limited edition collections. Surely, it will be just as exciting and meaningful.
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