Scholten & Baijings remix IKEA
Dutch design duo's colourful update of IKEA classics will find their way into many design fans’ homes
Contemporary design is rarely as bright, beautiful and comfortable as in the work of Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings. The Dutch design couple combine high-tech manufacturing processes with folk craft techniques, and a remarkably bright, sparky palette to produce items that bring a simple lift to modern life.
In the past they’ve worked with everyone from the high-end fabric US manufacturers Maharam through to motor manufacturer MINI. Now, they’re reaching a broad new audience, with a selection of affordable products for IKEA.
The collection, called Lyskraft – that’s Swedish for ‘luminosity’, furniture fans – includes a refreshing new take on the classic IKEA Poäng armchair and Klippan sofa, both of which employ distinctive, Sholten & Baijings style quilting techniques, in this new collection. There’s also a set of colourful, angular feet that can be swapped onto IKEA sofas and sprung mattress beds, and a great new set of angular glasswear, paper napkins and trays.
This isn’t the first time Scholten & Baijings have worked with the Swedish furniture giant; in 2014 the designers created a series of limited edition clocks and posters for IKEA.
“Reimagining classics that are found in so many homes in the world has been a truly inspiring and challenging process for us,” said Carole Baijings. “We feel very honoured,” concurred Stefan Schotlen, “to think that the collection soon is going to find its way into so many people’s homes.”
To see how Scholten & Baijings have already delivered quite a bit of home improvement, order a copy of our book Reproducing Scholten & Baijings here; meanwhile, for more on the classic Poäng chair, order a copy of Chair: 500 Designs that Matter.