IKEA is always curious to learn more about life at home from various parts of the world, and this collaboration is a celebration of connecting directly with creatives that embody Latin American heritage.
Since opening stores in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and with IKEA about to launch in more markets, including Chile, Colombia, and Peru, we are excited to announce a collection that celebrates their heritage. Together with nine of Latin America's most exciting creatives of today, we will explore how we infuse Latin American culture across the world.
"This collection is about amplifying and celebrating the talents of our collaborators ranging from a variety of creative fields including design, fashion, art, food and architecture," says Friso Wiersma, designer at IKEA of Sweden. "We were curious to learn what happens when different traditions in culture, crafts and expressions are mashed-up with the young and avant-garde scene of design, fashion, food, architecture and art," he adds.
The result is a new collection that promises to be vibrant, to be launched in 2023. The collection will include products that encourage and help people celebrate life and socialise around food and music, setting the vibe and atmosphere up for a great time – no matter your skillset, space, or budget constraints.
"I hope people will use them with this sense of putting their energy and history to the product so everyone could make their own story with these pieces of design and art we are creating," says Trini Guzman, muralist and multi-disciplinary artist from Santiago, Chile.
Latin American culture has a richness of different traditions in culture, craft, and expression, but common factors also unify. Together with the creatives of Latin America, IKEA is looking forward to a journey of showcasing authentic stories and products people can enjoy across the world.
Read more about the collaboration here.
More about the Latin American creatives:
Liliana Ovalle, Product Designer, Mexico
Liliana is a product designer that works with a wide range of materials and processes to explore the expressive aspect of objects. She studied product design at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México and later a Master’s degree Royal College of Art in London. Her designs reflect narratives that often draw on her Mexican background, from referencing situations observed in the urban context to exploring vernacular craft techniques.
Diana Ordonez, artist, Colombia
Diana Ordonez is a neo muralist, illustrator and graffiti artist who has established herself as an important reference in Latin American graffiti. She has a Master's in plastic and visual arts. She is known for her colourful, positive and vibrant expressions.
Abel Cárcamo Segovia, product designer, Chile
Abel designs objects and furniture by combining contemporary trends and materials of traditional design through collaborations with various local craftsmen. Creating a direct link between traditional practice and minimalistic aesthetics, Abel attains knowledge of the capabilities of materials through different techniques and so accomplish to create timeless design.
Trini Guzman, Muralist and multi-disciplinary artist, Chile
Trini expresses herself through different materials in an explorative with curiosity and positivity. She gets her inspiration from nature and from becoming a mother. She has done an accessories collection for Falabella in Chile.
Marisol Centeno, textile designer, Mexico
Her work includes commissions and production pieces for Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Muac Museum, amongst others. She has spoken at many design events, such as the LACMA’s Found in Translation craft symposium. Textile designer Marisol Centeno is committed to the idea of design as an agent of change – a source of aesthetic, social, and cultural innovation. Her primary focus is on innovation, utilising an experimental combination of artisanal and industrial techniques. Her work is characterised by the promotion of collective production and sustainability through design and the large-scale and colourful narratives of her textiles.
Alvaro Clavijo, chef, Colombia
He started off studying Architecture in Bogotá, then followed his passion and studied at a culinary school in Barcelona, followed by several jobs at Michelin stars restaurants around Europe, among some at Noma in CPH. After many years abroad, he turned back to Bogotá, where he now runs his restaurants, making traditional local food in a new way.
Catalina Zarhi, ceramist and Felipe Assadi, achitect, Chile
Catalina is a designer with a focus on ceramics. She studied ceramics in Italy, the US, and Chile. She uses old techniques to elaborate on the thickness – her work is very thin. She makes two types of ceramic, hand-made that are burnt two times, "raku", and more industrial moulding techniques.
Felipe is an architect and founder of Felipe Assadi Arquitectos, based in Santiago. His buildings are known for their angular constructions, mostly built with exposed concrete and glass, ranging from private residences to hotels, villas, and pavilions.
Augustín Nicolás Rivero, fashion designer, Colombia
Augustín Nicolás Rivero is a designer and creative director with his avant-garde fashion brand, A NEW CROSS. His main focus is to explore and re-interpret the artisanal crafts from Latin America. He has created a unique aesthetic and universe, merging fashion and utilitarian objects with a contemporary view of traditional crafts from different regions.
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