With Its Latest Collection, IKEA Hacks Itself

published Jul 30, 2018
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We’re no stranger to IKEA hacks at Apartment Therapy, though usually, we’re the ones (or you!) that are doing the hacking. But with the release of its latest limited edition collection, IKEA is fully embracing that creative spirit.

IKEA asked Dutch designers Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings to hack two of the company’s most popular products—the KLIPPAN sofa and the POÄNG chair. The result is LYSKRAFT, a bold take on these classic pieces that will make you look at your old IKEA with fresh eyes.

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The POÄNG, for example, has gone through many iterations over its 40-plus years, but none so modern as this ombre stripe cushion ($99) and color blocked frame ($70), which comes in orange, yellow, and gray.

The KLIPPAN takes on an edgy vibe dressed in the LYSKRAFT cover ($79), with its vertical stripes and contrast stitching. And finally, the bargain seating gets a cute leg option, a wood-carved decahedron ($19.99/4) dipped in bright, happy hues.

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“When IKEA approached us with the idea for the collection, it immediately sparked our curiosity. Reimagining classics that are found in so many homes all over the world has been a truly inspiring and challenging process for us. We’ve both loved working on this project,” says Baijings.

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“Hacking and DIY are trends that continue to grow. More and more people take creativity into their own hands, loving to remake and renew. And so do we at IKEA. The hackers are an inspiration to us, and with LYSKRAFT we feel it’s our time to show we got inspired by them,” says Michael Nikolic, Creative Leader at IKEA.

Of course, this isn’t IKEA’s first foray into hackable furniture. DELAKTIG, the collaboration with Tom Dixon, produced a bed/sofa combo that has add-ons—like lamps and tables— and an “open source” metal base to which you can create anything to attach to it, making it as multifunctional as you want.

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If hacking isn’t your thing, the design duo also created a line of glassware (99 cents to $2.49) and platters ($4.99 to $9.99) for LYSKRAFT, that reflect their artistic spirit.

“The collection carries our personal signature and is bursting with colors. The pressed glass collection is our highlight because it’s completely different from what’s on the market today,” says Baijings.

The limited edition collection will be in IKEA stores this August.