IKEA and Tom Dixon open up for co-creation
The journey with IKEA and Tom Dixon has reached a new milestone. Students from the Royal College of Art in London have joined the collaboration to contribute with ideas and explore the potential of DELAKTIG – an open platform that challenges the traditional concept of comfort.
At the core of the DELAKTIG living platform is an extruded aluminium profile, made to be durable and made of 40% recycled material. The profile creates a flexible base for seating furniture and a bed frame where comfort and functions can be altered to meet the changing needs in a home. We see that limited space and technological developments change the way people use their living space.
The multi-purpose nature and openness of the product got us to think of openness also in the way we work with this project.
The profile can be the carrier of attachments, extensions or additions. It presents an opportunity to think about a modular, component-based approach that could be a significant shift for the upholstery or bed-frame industry. This project is not only about design, but equally about exploring materials and challenging traditional ways of production to redefine the concept of comfort.
“The multi-purpose nature and openness of the product got us to think of openness also in the way we work with this project. For a curious company like IKEA, the idea of inviting more talent to co-create the open platform was on the cards,” says James Futcher, Creative Leader at IKEA.
This project is about exploring materials and challenging traditional ways of production to redefine the concept of comfort.
Opening up a project like this, inviting others to contribute, goes very well with the open platform. Ideas simply become better when working on them from different angles.
The collaboration starts with a one-week workshop where thirty students get to experiment with the product and propose some ideas that explore its potential. At the end of the week, there will be an exhibition and the work will be reviewed. IKEA will look for ideas that have the potential to become new products in its range.
To collaborate with the Royal College of Art in London and its students is an opportunity to work with one of the most recognised colleges within art and design and some of the designers of tomorrow.