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For this ten-piece limited collection, IKEA has collaborated with some of the most imaginative artists working today to create inspiring art pieces that will capture your imagination: Daniel Arsham, Gelchop, Humans since 1982, Sabine Marcelis and Stefan Marx. It’s a wonderful new vision for art and home that doesn’t play by the rules.

Daniel Arsham: Quiet manipulations

Daniel Arsham is a multidisciplinary American artist, whose work combines art, architecture, and performance. He has collaborated extensively with other creative leaders across stage production, interior design, fashion and architecture. His most recent artworks combine ideas related to future civilizations and archaeological decay.

Arsham’s clock combines his fascination with time with his interest in the idea of architecture in movement. In general, moving walls and buildings are presumed to be caused by a destructive force such as a storm or earthquake; in contrast, Arsham wants to create ‘“quiet manipulations” that you may not immediately notice. His timepiece is an expression of this idea: it appears to be in a state of gentle motion, or of time flying by…

GELCHOP: Shining a light on an iconic IKEA item.

Tokyo-based creative collective Gelchop use their hands to bring creative ideas to life. In their practice, Gelchop deconstruct everyday objects by combining them with different elements to give them a fun and compelling function. Recalling Marcel Duchamp’s ‘readymades,’ Gelchop’s artworks and products make us look at things in a different way, prompting a reflection upon an object’s ‘true’ purpose in the world.

For this collection, they have put their own spin on what is arguably the most iconic IKEA item of all: the Allen key, and have created a table lamp and flashlight based around its design. In their view, the humble Allen key has not gotten the attention it deserves, so they decided to shine a light on it (quite literally) The modest Allen key has new value as it’s no longer just a practical tool to assist in the making of furniture, but a fantastic art object too.

HUMANS SINCE 1982

Established in 2009 in Göteborg, Humans since 1982 fuse art and design to create subversive everyday objects. The duo’s pieces raise questions about accelerating technology and its dualistic nature as both a source of progression and destruction. The creative duo often takes iconic objects and recognizable signs and symbols out of their usual habitats and put them into new environments, with new functions.

IKEA ART EVENTS 2021

For Stockholm-based design duo Humans Since 1982, it’s a drone. Here, replicas of the flying objects are scaled down and mounted in a shadowbox like butterflies. “It’s meant to be a comment on technology and surveillance, but we think it would make a cool addition to a children’s room. “says the duo.

Sabine Marcelis: Moments of wonder

New Zealand-born designer Sabine Marcelis is fascinated with the unique properties of materials and the effects specific materials can create, for example, resin or glass interacting with light. Her designs emerge through extensive experimentation with ideas and materials in the studio. Working across product, installation and spatial design, she aims to create magical experiences through her engaging designs.

For her contribution to IKEA Art Event 2021, Marcelis was inspired by Italian painter Lucio Fontana’s slashed canvases, and wanted to translate this simple gesture — a cut through a surface — to a light fitting. She considers the wall lamps, which come in two different sizes and can change to five different colors, explore the wonderful effects created by a dynamic light emanating from a single, solid surface.

Stefan Marx: The joy of expression

Stefan Marx is a German artist and illustrator who finds inspiration in the world around him: friends, strangers, books, music, skateboarding, the natural world. Although his work spans numerous mediums (painting, textiles and porcelain, to name but a few) and scenes such as skating, graffiti and techo, drawing is at the heart of all of his work and essential to how he chooses to express his ideas in the world.

Marx wants to bring joy into the home through art, and he hopes his contribution — a vase and a throw — will do exactly that, providing something special to use and admire daily. Like much of his work, the two products boast emotive phrases: the familiar wail of “I’m so so so sorrryyyy” on the vase, and “I wait here for your forever as long as it takes” on the throw. These are pieces where you can add your own personal touch — flowers can be arranged in the vase as an expression of love or as an apology; the throw can be folded up and unfolded, carried with you and around you. Marx believes that these are pieces that you will appreciate everyday as they combine an emotional impact with function.

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