IKEA takes the cake when it comes to hacks, affordable finds, and adorable collections. But they also have cutting-edge collabs too. Each year the Scandi-store hosts Democratic Design Days at their Swedish HQ to debut all of their new partnerships. This year’s occasion announced six new team-ups spanning industries like home, tech, art, and social responsibility, each promising to make everything from small-space living to video-gaming more intuitive — and stylish! Keep scrolling to see what’s coming down the pipeline.
Your favorite athletic brand is expanding its offerings beyond cool sneakers and workout gear. In their latest collab with IKEA, they’re using insights from real, health-focused individuals to build home products that encourage better wellness routines.
“By teaming up with Adidas, we want to understand what well-being is for different people and especially what impact exercising, sleeping, and eating have in your everyday life. Doing so, we hope to create better homes, change habits, and enable more active lives for more people because we strongly believe that wellness should be accessible to everyone,” says Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA of Sweden in a recent press release. While the retailer won’t have products from the partnership available yet, they will be kicking off their first stage of development, which includes studying individuals in their natural habitat AKA their homes.
You played with LEGOs. Your kids played with LEGOs. And good news, you can still play with LEGOs. Since IKEA announced a partnership with the manufacturer, you can now extend your play time by a few more years.
“Bringing people together with play and enabling more play are things that are key for both us and the LEGO Group based on our respective visions, missions, and values. That is why we want to explore what can happen when we work together to get more people to say yes to play,” says Fredrika Inger, Business Area Manager for Children’s IKEA in the press release. While the details are still vague as to what we can expect from the collab, the announcement promises a consumer line to come in the next few years. So stay tuned!
Solange Knowles’ company, Saint Heron, is focused on building community through multidisciplinary arts in everything from eclectic festival installations to actual music itself. Recently, the star came forward with another medium to showcase her platform — a venture with IKEA — in hopes of combining Knowles’ mission with architecture and design in an inspiring household product line.
While the details are fairly hush-hush RN, we’re convinced that anything Beyoncé’s sister touches promises to be pure gold. Check here for the full details on the much-anticipated line. (Photo via Getty)
We spend more time in our office spaces than in our own homes, and this next IKEA alliance plays to just that. Stefan Diez, a talented industrial designer with experience building creative workspaces, is cooperating with IKEA in an endeavor that provides attainable and affordable office pieces for everyone.
“A more interwoven and complex world affects how we work, and there are a lot of interesting challenges from a design perspective. In the collaboration with IKEA, we want to create better workplaces for everyone. Good design should be accessible,” says Diez in his official announcement. So if you’re seriously considering splurging on a fancy standing desk to revive your workspace, wait until this collection comes to fruition in 2019.
Little Sun and Olafur EliassoN
One of our absolute favorite parts about IKEA (beyond their cute decor) is their commitment to doing good. Staying in line with this mission, they are collaborating with artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen to provide reliable electricity for communities that go without it. The artist and engineer are planning to research and design the line, along with their company Little Sun, to build tools that make the power of the sun attainable to everyone. (As it should be, right?!)
Take a look at their release to learn more about their inspiring project.
Area Academy and UNYQ
IKEA is always surprising us with out-of-the-box ideas. Their latest match-up, a partnership with renowned e-sports brand, Area Academy, and 3D-printing company UNYQ, stays right on that trend. Between the three brands, they’re working on building state-of-the-art decor pieces for gamers. Here’s why:
“We are curious about how home furnishing combined with new technology could improve gaming and life around it. And we believe that we have just the right collaborators to do this: one that knows all about the needs of gamers and one that knows all about the technologies of personalization,” says Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA of Sweden, in a press release. So be sure to get your consoles ready for a collaboration coming to you in 2020.
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(Photos via IKEA and Getty)