IKEA recently collaborated with Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, known for his skilled craftsmanship and unique scrap wood furniture, to bring together industrialization and personalization in Industriell collection. The collaboration is centered around finding ways to build uniqueness into each product, for example, by allowing variations in designs, patterns, colours and natural materials.
"It turned out that IKEA had thought about the same thing for ages - how to make objects feel more human and more personal while still having an industrial production process," Piet commented. "When you work together, you invest in, and learn from, each other."
The collection consists of mass produced furniture and a selection of home furnishing items that becomes unique by adding variations into the designs, patterns and color using techniques such as algorithms. The intentional mistakes gives the objects their uniqueness. Material choices includes wood, metal, glass, linen, ceramic, metal and paper loom. The collection will launch next month globally.