Ikea forms team of designers for Ps collection
A playground for designers
Ikea does not have the habit of working together with big names, but for the new PS collection they have made an exception. This collection was designed by 16 international designers, and there are two top names between them: The Parisian designer Matali Crasset and the Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings.
The designers were literally put together to design. “The idea of the celebrated designer working at his home on his own exquisite designs, is outdated,” says project manager Peter Klinkert. The 16 came together and designed 150 products. After the prototypes were finished, 15 design students from Copenhagen give their opinion. After their feedback 100 designs flew down the drain. The remaining 51 products are on sale starting 1 April.
The collection does not contain basic items such as sofas or beds. It revolves on mobile and flexible design: products that you can move or use it in different ways. So there are stools with LED lighting and a toilet mirror where you can hang jewels on. Matali Crasset designed a wardrobe with an outstanding design with brightly coloured pixels that can be used anywhere at home as an eye catcher “Thanks to the camouflage design it adapts to any interior,” says Crasset. The pixels are movable so you can make your own design on the frame. Instructions for three sample patterns are included for free.
Usually they say at Ikea to their designers: “Design a cabinet, metal, which should cost 55.99 euro and can be packed in a carton of 20/50 inches.” With the PS collection it’s different. PS stands for postscript, an afterthought. The collection is the latest jewel of Ikea. A playground for designers. Other techniques, bolder forms. “That this year is our most daring collection ever,” they find at Ikea. The products look particularly fresh, young and playful. “Design at an affordable price, we call it democratic design,” says Klinkert. He’s right. You pay for a piece of the Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings else hundreds of euros, now you get a clock from them at home for only 7.99.