aiming to democratize art and make it accessible and affordable for everyone, IKEA presents its IKEA art event collection 2021, featuring pieces by daniel arsham, sabine marcelis, humans before 1982, gelchop, and stefan marx. the collection, which transforms pieces of art into functional everyday objects, will be available globally at IKEA stores and online from april 2021.
daniel arsham’s flying clock
back in 2015, IKEA launched the IKEA art event collection — a collaboration between the swedish furniture giant and artists from around the world. the aim of the project is to celebrate various expressions of art through different genres and crafts. for its sixth edition, the IKEA art event collection invited artists from different backgrounds and nationalities.
two wall lamps by sabine marcelis
‘we choose to work with different artists from around the world to reflect the diversity of art and design coming together,’ said henrik most, creative leader for IKEA art event. ‘we want to show that being an artist or being a designer does not mean that you have to stay in one box, you can work within different fields, and that this new movement has had a profound impact both on the design and art scenes today.’
the collection consists of 10 home furnishing objects challenging the perspective of everyday objects whilst paying tribute to everyday creativity; wall decoration lighting pieces by sabine marcelis, a wall clock by daniel arsham, a table lamp and a torch by gelchop, a vase and a throw by stefan marx and wall decorations by humans since 1982.
‘each item in this collection has a practical function, and at the same time it is an art object. the traditional idea of art being high-end and design being part of mass culture simply is not relevant anymore. the two go fantastic together – that is where the magic happens,’ concluded most.
vases and throw by stefan marx