Artists and products unveiled as part of the IKEA Art Event 2021

IKEA has selected five artists and designers to create inspiring art pieces for the sixth IKEA Art Event 2021. The limited collection will present work by Daniel Arsham, Gelchop, Humans since 1982, Sabine Marcelis and Stefan Marx

Photo courtesy of IKEA.

The IKEA ART EVENT 2021 showcases the future of living with art, which is scheduled to arrive in all IKEA Canada stores and online starting May 1st. Since 2015, the Swedish retailer has collaborated with contemporary artists and designers to bring art into homes. Previous collections have included hand-woven rugs, artist-designed posters and glass figurines, and collaborations with artists and designers including Virgil Abloh, Junko Mizuno, James Jarvis and Craig Green.

clock by Daniel Arsham

“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,” says Henrik Most, a creative leader at IKEA, about the idea behind this collection. IKEA ART EVENT 2021 seeks to celebrate the sense of wonder created by these fields coming together, and by taking art out of the gallery and into the home.

This ten-piece collection presents an ingenious perspective on home furnishings that’s all about the magic that happens when the line between art and functional design blurs.

“We choose to work with different artists from around the world to reflect the diversity of art and design coming together,” says  Most. “I feel inspired when I look at this collection because each product has such a strong story.”

Driven by curiosity, the artists take recognisable objects and add their artistic spin, shifting our view of what a simple clock or lamp, torch or throw, vase or picture is. “Each of these pieces has a vision of its own, elevating the ordinary into the extraordinary,” says IKEA.

“IKEA ART EVENT 2021 showcases the future of living with art – where it can be picked up and used as well as thoughtfully reflected upon. There are no boundaries in IKEA’s new vision; art every day for everyone.”