IKEA lengthens furniture life by providing ‘How To Disassemble’ instructions to attain their sustainability goals!

Everyone is moving these days. Some are moving abroad to live out their dreams of backpacking across Spain, chucking all of their apartment furniture out in the meantime. Or, some are holding yard sales and moving just down the street into the house they’ve had their eyes on for years. Whatever the case may be, people are moving and furniture is hitting the curb. In order to build on their commitment to sustainability, iconic furniture brand IKEA announced that by 2030, they plan to include Disassembly Instructions with each one of their products as means of encouraging buyers to repurpose their IKEA purchases instead of tossing them to the street.

As part of its latest push for sustainability, a reversed instruction manual will be included with each product purchased from IKEA. This push works to help spread the practice of “circular consumption,” which reinforces IKEA’s building practice’s value of quality over quantity, using fewer materials, components, and energy in the manufacturing of products, big or small. Right now, you can find Disassembly Instructions for some of IKEA’s more popular products: BILLY, MALM, POÄNG, BRIMNES, PAX, and LYCKSELE online in PDF format. Speaking to the imminent inclusion of Disassembly Instruction manuals for each of their products, IKEA points out,

“Extending the life of your furniture with our Disassembly Instructions is one of the ways we’re building on our commitment to sustainability. No matter whether you’re moving home, giving your furniture away, or selling it. Taking it apart correctly reduces the risk of damage, and reduces its impact on the environment. Fortune favors the frugal.”

While the plan to equip each piece of furniture with Disassembly Instructions has been recently announced, IKEA has been committed to sustainability for a long time. Through frugal design practices, IKEA manufactures furniture that can stand the test of time. One such practice is IKEA’s line of modular furniture that grows with its users. For example, IKEA’s line of extendable beds uses steel telescopic tubing to allow each bed frame to lengthen and adapt to a child’s growing height. IKEA also developed the fabric coverings for their collection of sofas so that they can handle over 25,000 wash cycles, and with additional coverings made available online, customers can get a new slipcover at any time for a refreshed look. In addition to modular furniture and durable fabrics, IKEA urges customers to give their furniture a second life through their buy-back and resell service. With so many options, it’s fun to be frugal.

Designer: IKEA

Now that you’ve built your desk, IKEA provides disassembly instructions in preparation for your next move or yard sale.

The disassembly instructions are as easy to follow as their assembly counterpart, offering a step-by-step approach to disassembly.

Some of IKEA’s more popular designs such as LYCKSELE already have disassembly instructions available online.

Following a numbered and visual guide, users will easily be able to deconstruct their IKEA furniture.

In order to promote sustainability through every building stage, IKEA uses minimal hardware and materials when designing their furniture, making it simple for buyers to assemble and ultimately disassemble.

In addition to deconstruction instruction manuals, IKEA leads a Buy-Back & Resell program for customers who choose to sell back their used furniture for store credit.

5 years in the making, this chair is produced in a single mold, reduces waste & saves space!

Chairs are one of the most common projects given to design students because it takes a lot of creativity to turn an everyday mundane object that has already been redesigned a million times into something innovative – it is the design world’s equivalent of “How will you sell me this regular pen?” Designers Martinelli Venezia and Alessandro Stabile discussed the idea of a chair that represents the contemporary world, in terms of production technology, sales methods, and features. The chair had to be an iconic, democratic product, meant to be sold online, and explored the theme of hyper-seriality.

Chair 1:1 was born after a rigorous five-year design process. Venezia and Stabile had finally achieved their goal and created a mountable/demountable chair whose every piece was molded in one go. This optimized the mold size, speeded up production, and reduced waste drastically when compared to a traditional chair. “The chair is sold just as it comes out of the mold, bypassing several steps; it will be the buyer who will complete the process: this is what we call hyper-seriality,” says the designer duo. “When looking at the Chair 1:1, it is inevitable to have a blast from the past, remembering the boxed toy kits. As in that case, there are no screws nor bolts: assembly is effortless and immediate. Mounting an object makes a bond with it and makes you feel its full value; it builds an affection that stops you from getting rid of it.”

The fastening elements of the individual parts are made to be easily producible and extremely resistant. It has been designed to be easily stored, shipped, and transported – 26 boxed up chairs take up only 1 square meter which is the key to increasing online sales as well as shipping sustainably! “While designing, we have often wondered whether in a world saturated with products, it was right to work in the direction of hyper-seriality with a material such as plastic. We believe, however, that the real mistake is to combine it with other materials that make it hard to recycle as well as to use it for packaging or in disposable products,” explain Venezia and Stabile. A sustainable product also has a long lifespan which reduces the need to replacement and therefore reduces excessive consumption as well as production waste which is why Chair 1:1  is made with single-material.

Designers: Martinelli Venezia and Alessandro Stabile

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IKEA will help turn a Swedish city into a sustainable community

IKEA is moving beyond the confines of the eco-friendly home to work on sustainable urban living. The flat-pack giant is partnering with the municipality of Helsingborg in its native Sweden on a green community project, known as H22, that takes in agr...

IKEA + Asus ROG launches gaming–centric furniture + accessories for the exponentially growing gaming industry!

There’s no denying gaming is has evolved from its casual status – it’s a livelihood for some. The number of gamers, currently at around 2.5 billion, keeps increasing every day as more and more people find an escape from the stresses of life and unwind. This gives IKEA 2.5 billion reasons to create a furniture range for gamers to perform at their peak levels – more so for professional gamers deep in the e-sports ecosystem. Since IKEA themselves are amateur in gaming, they have partnered with Asus gaming accessories sub-brand Republic of Gamers (ROG) to design the highest-grade hardware and gear for demanding gamers who settle for nothing but the best.

To get the gaming dream going, IKEA commissioned Sofia Wiktorsson, Product Design Developer at IKEA in Shanghai, and Luis Porém Pires, Range Design Leader in IKEA Workspaces to join a workshop in Shanghai to develop the new range. ROG got their gaming team and co-workers to give Sofia and Luis insight into what the gamers truly wanted for ergonomic comfort and a clutter-free environment to stay focused and increase the in-game performance. To this end, the collaboration and the deep insight into how gamers actually interact with their environment and accessories culminated into a range of products that are economical and a must-have for any gamer to create their desired setup.

In total, there are 30 products in six product families in the IKEA range, right from gaming desks, chairs and drawer units to mouse bungee, neck pillow, and ring light. The new content is spread across six product families – HUVUDSPELARE, UTESPELARE, MATCHSPEL, GRUPPSPEL, UPPSPEL, and LÅNESPELARE. The UTESPELARE and MATCHSPEL make up the gaming chairs with features such as back tilt, pockets for magazines, and adjustable headrest and armrest. The UPPSPEL range is the ROG designed height-adjustable desks with a power mechanism for choosing just the right level. In contrast, HUVUDSPELARE and UPPSPEL are the contemporary desks and the CPU stand. The LÅNESPELARE range makes up the neck pillow, mouse mat, headset stand, multi-functional blanket, and mouse bungee. The most noticeable one of them is the headphone stand that’s shaped like a wooden hand.

Currently, the gaming range is available at IKEA China, with a Japan launch in May 2021. In other parts of the globe, the IKEA range is all set to come in October 2021. According to Sofia, the cushion blanket originates from gamers’ need during cold months where they need to recharge in-between gaming sessions. The same goes for the neck pillow, which fits all IKEA chairs and is portable enough to take with you to anywhere desired.

Designer: IKEA with ASUS ROG

Furniture designed with hidden details that put your IKEA furniture to shame: part 8

Each piece of furniture tells a story. Furniture design, or rather discovering + collecting unique furniture designs has become a dedicated hobby of mine! Coming from a small home, where floor space was always at a premium, the furniture I have been subjected to has always been foldable and multifunctional (which maybe explains my obsession for modular designs!) but I will not forget the feeling of sitting in a well-designed armchair and its ottoman for the first time after a long working day. That’s what these designs to me, it’s a story that began when their designer/manufacturer spent hours chiseling the design, on paper which the craftsman converted into a physical object that will last generations and tell their tales. My romantic ramblings aside, these furniture designs are sure to help you connect with them using detailed designs that remain classic across years!

Distinguished by its elegant formal shape and enhanced by its large rounded leather-wrapped arms, the Ryokō Armchair by David Girelli gives an instant feeling of calmness. Inspired by a Japanese folding chair from the 1960s, its features, materials, and joinery details elevate the lines and design elements of the chair. The loose back cushion adjusts around the ash frame when seated and offers an innovative sense of comfort.

The Wojtala Nightstand by Kirby Furniture showcases wood staining in 2 different colors to let their shapes do the talking. Using a fun circular handle, the nightstand is a must-have to continue your night-themed adventures with its moon-shaped insignia. Fun yet functional sounds perfect to us!

We have seen a lot of designs that incorporate resin – it’s a trending art that is here to stay. While most designers use resin to rework their design, designer Meubles Thouret decided to take an innovative approach that helps you appreciate the wood in its natural form even better – using resin to mold or join different pieces of wood. Each individual wooden piece retains that cut pattern, which is now encased in resin, and the added use of resin means the tricky joinery is now in the hands of this flexible material. Smart and aesthetic, isn’t it?!

The 2 basic building materials – steel and wood come together in this table designed by Slick+DesignUSA. You know you can expect great things from the team that has been providing award-winning architecture designs for over 25 years! For this design, the team collaborated with their friends at Demeter Millwork for a classic design with sturdy construction that is sure to stand the test of time!

Hiroto Arima’s TV cabinet brings out the old, preserving it for the modern-day. The elegant finishing of the cabin elevates the entire design, making it suitable for any space. In fact, I would make this the centerpiece of my home and arrange the remaining to match it!

Made in Melbourne, the Grace Entrance Table by Arquette Furniture boasts of hand dovetailed drawers that come with Blum push to open, soft close mechanisms, seamlessly merging traditional joinery with modern-day designs. The table here is made of solid American Whitewood and the simplicity of the entire design makes it seem effortlessly elegant!

We love it when designers mix up materials – the result is usually a fascinating take on an everyday design. That is precisely what happened when Mark George combined his knowledge of his architectural education with his creativity – a modern concrete and wood bed frame made in Ash wood as Ash retains its original coloring. Even though concrete fills in any gap, Mark has carefully constructed his bed frame so the finesse of the design shines through.

Lozi Design used a supersized wave joint made from light solid ash and a variety of surface finishes to create the Wave Table. This perfect centerpiece is a part of their ‘wave series’ that highlights and adds a new dimension to any contemporary home. Lozi has also developed a new surface material for this table – by re-purposing their waste sawdust they have created a red sheeting material by mixing it with Bio Resin. Eco-friendly with a side of furniture details!

Töjbox is an oak wardrobe, but here’s the beauty – it uses no screws, nails, or glue. The purity of their design makes it the perfect fit for bachelors or families that change apartments often, just disassemble and set it up when you’re in your new place. made by the Danish studio ‘Made by Michael’ for Would Studio, this wardrobe is Scandinavian simplicity brought to life!

The Alato Cabinet by Pakawat Vijaykadga and Jumphol Socharoentham – students studying furniture design in Thailand uses a wave-like pattern to create a gradient of cool colors across its front panel. The designers chose the feathers to be the inspiration for the design, using the interlocking pattern to replicate the gradient of a bird’s feathers.

Love these designs as much as we do? Check out more of this series for uniquely inspirational and detailed furniture designs!

IKEA + Teenage Engineering designed these downloadable 3D printing files to amp up your home sound systems!

Raise your hand if you were looking forward to a concert or two in 2020. Yeah, me too. Missing out on actual concerts was one of the harder pills to swallow during this shamble of year, so the world of audio design got creative. IKEA, after teaming up with Teenage Engineering, released FREKVENS, a limited home collection of audio and light systems that enlists one main objective: get the party started. FREKVENS is a limited collection made up of several pieces of equipment, comprising sound systems and light shows, and Team Engineering leaked all the hacks for stylish accessories to match.

STL files, the most common 3D file format, can be downloaded to any 3D software, that allows design development and 3D graphics production, and then printed, which can take as little as 30 minutes to longer than eight hours depending on your model. Teenage Engineering used a Prusa i3 MK3 3D-printer to print their accessories that work as counterparts for specific items from the FREKVENS collection and uploaded images of those accessories along with their accompanying STL files for download. Once the STL files are uploaded, colors can be chosen for different accessories, which offers the chance for customers to customize their own accessories for their home sound systems. Teenage Engineering ultimately chose a Mondrian, primary color scheme for their 3D prints, which compliments the 60s cubism aesthetic that FREKVENS offers through their designs’ structure and materials used to build them. Each download linked to Teenage Engineering’s website comes with assembly instructions that detail not only how to build the individuals parts, but also how to attach the accessories to FREKVENS products. Some additionals screws and non-fussy tools might be required for assembly, but the overall assembly for each accessory is generally quite easy and no glue is needed.

IKEA’s FREKVENS audio system is designed for the home and Teenage Engineering’s 3D accessories offer that touch of customization to transport listeners anywhere. Whether it be to that EDM light show you had plans for before 2020 or the front row of a small-town, acoustic concert, this collaboration brings back a taste of what life was like pre-quarantine. Teenage Engineering’s 3D accessories for IKEA’s FREKVENS collection could bring a lot of excitement to the humdrum of quarantine life. Showing up on the video screen with a full audio system set up behind you not only gets the conversation going, but the party started. Scroll through the 3D prints below.

Designer: IKEA x Teenage Engineering

Furniture designed with hidden details that put your IKEA furniture to shame: part 7

I often wonder when was the moment man decided that natural forms can be shaped or reformed to match our sitting needs – can you imagine the genius of the man who first made a chair? No more rolling off the curved surface of a rock, this particular rock is shaped to place your backside on it with comfort, or at least relative comfort compared to what was in store in those days. As someone who has spent plenty of time (not exactly proud of it) playing those home-designing games, let me tell you, my love affair with furniture design has been one of the longest relationships of my life. Working at YD has only amplified this attraction and it is product designs like these that certify my belief that furniture, designed with love and attention to detail, is a form of art. Scroll through our curated collection and I am sure, you will also become a connoisseur of fine furniture, and will willingly stay away from IKEA the next time you need something well-designed.

We have seen a lot of designs that incorporate resin – it’s a trending art that is here to stay. While most designers use resin to rework their design, designer Meubles Thouret decided to take an innovative approach that helps you appreciate the wood in its natural form even better – using resin to mold or join different pieces of wood. Each individual wooden piece retains that cut pattern, which is now encased in resin, and the added use of resin means the tricky joinery is now in the hands of this flexible material. Smart and aesthetic, isn’t it?!

Distinguished by its elegant formal shape and enhanced by its large rounded leather-wrapped arms, the Ryokō Armchair by David Girelli gives an instant feeling of calmness. Inspired by a Japanese folding chair from the 1960s, its features, materials, and joinery details elevate the lines and design elements of the chair. The loose back cushion adjusts around the ash frame when seated and offers an innovative sense of comfort.

We love it when designers mix up materials – the result is usually a fascinating take on an everyday design. That is precisely what happened when Mark George combined his knowledge of his architectural education with his creativity – a modern concrete and wood bed frame made in Ash wood as Ash retains its original coloring. Even though concrete fills in any gap, Mark has carefully constructed his bed frame so the finesse of the design shines through.

Designed by OS & OOS Studio and Klaas Kuiken with materials supplied by StoneCycling, this Terrazzo Bench is a sustainable solution for the increasing amount of glass waste produced in Zanzibar. “Zanzibar is an island with about 1 million inhabitants. In recent times, tourism has grown markedly and so too the volume of refuse. bottle-up seeks a solution to this issue. Most furniture for hotels in Zanzibar is currently imported from foreign countries and is often made of wood, which means it can be badly affected by the weather conditions on the island. Furniture made from Trending Terrazzo is much more sustainable, beautiful to look at, and generates awareness for bottle-up.”

Nic Wallenberg, while studying at the RCA designed the Squeeze Chair. Cute name and an even cuter design! The chair contains just five bolts – how you ask? Nic used an asymmetric joint that allows straight timber to bend. Wallenberg made the chair from American hickory as part of AHEC’s Out of the Woods project. The designer explains, “Under a load of a seated person, these joints will bend, becoming concave on the side of the thinner person. In this way, the seat and back can flex into an ergonomic shape that is comfortable for sitting, allowing straight pieces of timber could be used that would create curves in operation.”

Aero bar cart by Plataform4 for Lider Interiors shows us a more elegant version of the classic straw woven ventilated cabinet door contrasted by a simple leather pull. This merging of two extremely traditional materials in a modern avatar is guaranteed to be a show-stealer, letting you store your bar essentials while bringing a light airy feel to any room.

Marcel Sigel‘s design is the perfect example to explain my love of detailed designs. Marcel takes a chair, but it is his attention to detail – from the carving of the chair’s backrest to its light yet sturdy frame that makes the Still Life chair an apt addition to any room. Marcel says, “The archetypal leg and frame construction are refined for strength and lightness; whilst the backrest, with logic that may seem less obvious, developed purely out of ergonomic rationale. This defining feature flows outwards from the sides before turning tightly back on itself, pushing material properties to the extreme. As a result, the backrest sits forward off the legs, creating space for greater lumbar movement and comfort.”

Meet the Pickapart Table by Josh Carmody! The name may be cute, but the table holds its value with the structural details that show off its almost piece-by-piece construction in its joinery. The design is not only versatile – its a modular, flatpack, and future-proof in its construction. Available in a variety of sizes, it’s the joinery that holds the buyer’s attention, as the designer explains, “The structural concept for both the frame and tabletop is designed around contemporary and glueless iterations of fine woodworking joints – all pinned together with a purpose-designed compression joint – machined in brass.”

For this fluffy yet modern design, we’ll let the makers, Fomu Design do the talking, “The L’Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) Lounge chair draws influence from mid-century French design with a focus on finding the balance between art and function while using design principals and modern production methods to achieve seamless form and details. The chair consists of two main upholstered components paired with a thoughtfully contrasting solid oak timber panel frame. The timber parts of the chair provide a clean simple support system which allows the large, almost oversized upholstered components to seamlessly become the dominant feature in this design.” The texture of this beautiful chair is inviting in its natural state, making the user almost helpless in wanting to touch, feel, and interact with the chair, physically.

The Polly cabinet is a versatile storage and shelving solution. Made in solid timber, the Polly cabinet celebrates simplicity combined with subtle flowing lines and as always with TIDE Design, it is the beautiful positioning of the slanted wooden legs that caught our attention!

For more detailed furniture design, check out the previous posts in this series for beautifully detailed interior decor inspiration!

Smart home gadgets and kitchen tech that make great gifts

We’re all spending a lot more time at home lately, so when it comes to the holidays, it makes sense to give a gift that’ll make the humble abode a lot more enjoyable. To that end, we’ve recommended an assortment of home-related goodies, from innovati...

This desktop night-lamp also wirelessly charges your smartphone

A portmanteau of the words Lamp and Balance, the Lance night-light and wireless-charger is the kind you’d stop to admire for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a cute, quaint product that sits obediently on your tabletop, but at the same time, it charges your phone, so you’re not distracted by a screen.

The Lance was created as a project by Francesco Brunetti while he was a student at Design School Kolding, Denmark as a collaboration with IKEA. The brief was to design ‘furniture for small spaces which should have playful characteristics as well as foster togetherness’, and the Lance truly delivers. Its relatively flat design doesn’t have any sharp edges, making it feel instantly friendly, and the warm LED light on the top can be changed in color as well as intensity to soothe your room with a wash of ambient light.

The Lance at the same time also serves as a wireless charger for smartphones, thanks to a slot right beneath the light wide enough to slide your phone too. The slot is covered by the night-light in a clever bid to obscure the screen so you aren’t distracted, and while all that’s happening, your phone’s battery gets juiced! Really clever, eh?

Designers: Francesco Brunetti in collaboration with IKEA and DSKD