Tom Dixon Reveals New Info About His Top Secret IKEA Collection
British designer Tom Dixon just revealed new details about his 2017 collection for IKEA. Here’s what we know:
Back in June, IKEA announced that they’d be launching collaborations with Hay and Tom Dixon in 2017. While we actually got to see some of the Hay designs—including their take on the classic FRAKTA bag—all we learned about the Dixon collection was that it included an aluminum-framed sofa and that the collaboration was focusing on the “ever-changing home.”
Last week at a preview for next year’s Salone di Mobile, Dixon revealed that he was building a modular furniture system with a high-quality base component, reports Dezeen.
“Rather than a bed that you buy for a short period of time, it’s a sort of platform for living that can evolve into a sofa or into a workstation, according to plug-ins that you put on top,” Dixon said. “Very much like the iPhone, I’m hoping to encourage a whole ecosystem of apps that you stick on top of this basic platform of the bed.”
To create the “plug-ins,” the British designer is partnering with three design schools—Royal College, Parsons in New York and Japan—as well as other companies. This is in line with IKEA’s sustainability plans, where they hope to encourage people to reuse and recycle their pieces.
“I think this is the kind of project that more and more companies are going to have to look at,” said Dixon. “How you (a) bring longevity into something but (b) also flexibility into objects as well, just to reflect the way that everybody’s living these days.”
The collection launches in August 2017.