Ikea repeats collaboration with designer Piet Hein Eek

How can handmade and mass production go hand in hand?

Handmade. Mass production. It sounds like an impossible match, but nevertheless, it's exactly what Ikea has done with the world-renowned designer Piet Hein Eek. The Industrial Collection combines old crafting methods with industrial production, and the result is unique products in wood, glass, ceramics and textiles.

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A year ago, Ikea and Piet Hein Eek launched the Yassa collection with great success. Now they will do it again, and this time they have turned it all upside down. Ikea and Piet Hein Eek have decided to create a unique range of handmade products that combine the benefits of mass production with handmade quality.

The collection has been named Industrial, and it offers everything from chairs and vases to dishes and tea towels. In the end, it's the perfect imperfection that makes every single product unique, and there is therefore something for everyone when the collection lands in the warehouses in April.

- This collaboration has been very special and I am very proud of the outcome. Industrial is handmade mass production, and it sounds crazy, but it actually works. I have long thought about how to bring warmth and personality into the industrial production process, and luckily it turned out that Karin Gustavsson and the rest of Ikea have done exactly the same thoughts, says Piet Hein Eek, and continues:

- The biggest challenge has been to create the imperfect and unique in mass production. It required some persuasion of factory workers to make them suddenly be proud of their mistakes. It is quite the opposite of what they are used to.

A brand new design understanding
To give Industrial the right handmade expression, it was necessary for Piet Hein Eek and Ikea's design team to think of completely new ways to work with the materials. Therefore, many of the products are made from sketches drawn by hand, so the differences are evident.

- Industrial is a very special collection because you really can feel the warmth and personality of the products. There are small, imperfect details that make the individual products personal so they can easily be mixed with the rest of the home. It is in many ways a very different collection than the one we previously made in collaboration with Piet, and I am looking forward to sharing it with our customers. In addition, throughout the process, we have had a great focus on sustainability, as it is extremely important for both Piet and Ikea, explains Karin Gustavsson, Ikea's creative leader.

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