IKEA recently announced six innovative projects, in collaboration with designers and artists around the world, to rethink the role of the home in personal health, sustainability. creativity and happiness.
Imagining the role of sport and wellness in the home: IKEA’s collaboration with Adidas.
IKEA’s new partnership with Adidas sets out to optimize the relationship between interior design and healthy living. What do people want and need when it comes to their sleeping patterns, fitness, diet, and overall wellbeing? In what ways can design help optimize our motivations to create healthy habits at home?
“Home is where we create life-long habits. Teaming up with adidas, we want to understand what wellness means to different people, and what role their living spaces play in this. By doing so, we can create homes that are better designed to enable better habits and more active living”, says Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA of Sweden.
Together with Adidas, IKEA aims to design with health in mind, enabling active lifestyles and making wellness at home accessible to everyone.
Creativity and play at home: IKEA’s collaboration with LEGO.
IKEA and LEGO have joined forces to design homes which encourage creativity, experimentation, discovery and play.
In the IKEA Play Report, 47% of surveyed children said they wanted more playtime with their parents. 90% of the parents believe play is essential to wellbeing and happiness, and 95% of parents believe play is fundamental to a child’s development. The collaboration therefore aims to design spaces which facilitate playful interactions between children and their parents.
“We know that creativity is a critical skill needed for the future, but we also know that tinkering, experimenting, being creative and trying out new things can be messy. In our collaboration with IKEA we therefore wish to deal with the challenge that some parents might have with the – wonderful – mess that play creates”, says Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President, Product Development at the LEGO Group.
The first outcome of the collaboration will reach customers in IKEA stores over the next few years.
A home full of art: IKEA’s collaboration with Saint Heron
IKEA and Saint Heron – artist Solange Knowles’ brand, recently announced a collaboration which will explore architectural and interior design objects with multifunctional use.
”Contemporary art is a huge part of people’s life today. At IKEA we are curious about the creative space in between architecture, design, art and music and how that could come alive in the homes of the many people. This is what we want to explore together with Saint Heron”, says Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA Range & Supply
Since its launch in 2013, Saint Heron has positioned itself as a multidisciplinary cultural hub reimagining community through music, art and performance. Solange Knowles and the company’s co-curator artist Armina Mussa work to foster creative discourse, engage communities through art, and create original multimedia installations at the intersection of art and culture themes.
Sustainability and clean energy at home: IKEA’s collaboration with social business “Little Sun”
Together with Olafur Eliasson’s brand “Little Sun”, IKEA hopes to raise awareness about global energy issues and explore the potential of off-grid, renewable energy sources.
Lack of access to vital energy resources can hold back entire communities, as education levels drop, income is reduced and medical care becomes more dangerous to provide. IKEA aims to learn more about the challenges of people living in off-grid areas, while creating technological solutions that can better their lives.
“By democratising great things, we can give many people access to products that make everyday life better, supporting and encouraging independent living. If we can create good, democratic design solutions, then living off the grid can become sustainable, low-cost, and will provide independence”, says Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA Range and Supply.
IKEA and Little Sun will work together to design sustainable off-grid tools for everyday life.
More productive workspaces, at home or at the office: IKEA’s collaboration with Stefan Diez
With more an more people working remotely, and more businesses opting for non-traditional offices, there is a growing need for flexible yet affordable workspace design solutions.
IKEA has teamed up with award winning industrial designer Stefan Diez to design new products responding to individual productivity needs in the modern workforce.
“We know that the definition of what a job is, changes a lot right now. In fact the only constant we see in the future is change itself. Going forward we believe that the sustainable approach to work and workplaces is to set up structures that are built for change. That’s why we at IKEA use ourselves as guinea pigs, by using our own workspace here in Älmhult to find out how to do this in the very best way”, says Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA Range and Supply.
The IKEA workspace collaboration with Stefan Diez will be prototyped in Älmhult as of 2019.
Youth culture and the home: IKEA’s collaboration with fashion designer Chris Stamp
IKEA’s collaboration with American designer Chris stamp thinks about what is needed in living spaces catering to a young, active and urban lifestyle.
Taking inspiration from minimalist style and streetwear, the collaboration emphasizes the display of personal style within the home. The collaboration will focus on storage solutions, specifically thinking about how storage can be used to display a person’s favourite belongings.
“Together with Chris we want to create a special place for showing and storing the favourite things, like the favourite sneakers or jacket in the home, and in that way show the uniqueness of the many people”, says Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA of Sweden.
Chris Stamp’s concept behind his IKEA collection was to reimagine how the younger, aesthetic, conscience, consumer organizes their wardrobe and their living space.
The collaboration was launched during the Milan Furniture Fair and will become available for purchase this year.
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