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An Unexpected Collaboration Between IKEA and Tom Dixon

12/02/2018


 

Do you want an example of an unexpected collaboration? Recently, IKEA announced a new product that was designed in collaboration with Tom Dixon, one of the most important designers and industrial design connoisseurs of his generation. Let’s check what Dixon prepared for IKEA!

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The product is called Delaktig and it’s an open-source platform that incorporates a comfortable bed that allows its owners to add a lamp, swap the backrest around, add an armrest or change its cover completely. As IKEA says, with Delaktig, you get to do your thing.

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“The more people that get involved in Delaktig – the better. I think that’s how a modern business should work”, says Dixon, who wanted to open up for co-creation in every sense. In fact, Delaktig, the Swedish word for “involvement”, is largely about collaboration.

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A collaboration between the designer and the brand, but also with the buyer of the item, who always participates in the display and use of the piece. At its most basic, Delaktig is a single bed which can be rapidly transformed into a chaise lounge or a three-seat sofa by adding additional components.

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The idea was also to create a design piece that lasted, that would be able to change function when the owner moved home or grew up. The decision was to create a super-durable aluminium frame that could be constantly updated or upgraded as one’s life and needs evolve. This extruded aluminium frame allows for flexibility and adaptability while giving the platform a raw, minimal aesthetic.

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IKEA and Tom wanted to know what new ways of living meant for upholstered furniture. Produced in an industrial manner, Delaktig challenges the conventional production of sofas today. Available in three sizes, owners can choose to customize their platform based on their mood. Basically, do their thing.

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Made of substantial and durable aluminium plate, this piece is robust enough to last a lifetime. Will you check it out next time you visit IKEA?

Image Source – IKEA, Tom Dixon

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