At IKEA we are both curious and eager to find new solutions to meet the new demands on the homes of today and tomorrow. With many people living in smaller and smaller spaces, there’s a growing need for products that can suit many different situations and activities. We were thinking, how can IKEA come up with an idea that meets the challenges of a new way of living?
“Together with Tom Dixon we decide to challenge the traditional role of the sofa in a home. With many people living in smaller spaces, there’s a growing need for products that can suit many different situations and activities. DELAKTIG is a completely open-sourced and customizable sofa platform, made to suit the needs of the many people, wherever they are.” James Futcher, Creative Leader IKEA of Sweden.
The starting point of DELAKTIG was to industrialize the sofa, challenge traditional production methods and explore new material. The core of the DELAKTIG platform is an extruded aluminum profile which consist of at least 50% recycled material. Focus was also on exploring how people customize our products and the demand for the ability to personalize and adapt furniture and the technology industry was a huge inspiration in the design process for DELAKTIG.
We are really happy and proud that IKEA has received these Red Dot Awards. And they actually have something great in common. They are all showing that design can be bigger than just the design, that togetherness makes things better. That we can source waste together and turn it into KUNGSBACKA kitchen fronts. That we can create a DELAKTIG platform which others can add on to and develop further and that we can make a party collection like FREKVENS which encourages people to be together, says Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA.
The DELAKTIG sofa platform will now be presented in the Red Dot Design Museum, the largest museum for contemporary design and the awards ceremony will take place in Essen in July 2018.
This year, submissions from 59 countries were received and the products entered were assessed individually by an independent and international jury of experts. The Red Dot Award is one of the world’s largest international product competitions.
About Red Dot Award
Red Dot Award is one of the most respected international design competitions in the world and organized by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The award was founded in 1955 and receives more than 17,000 submissions each year. The prize is divided into three categories: product design, communication design and design concept.