Designs for IKEA
The first products that Piet Hein Eek has designed for IKEA have recently appeared in the Ikea shops. He designed, among other products, rattan furniture and baskets for the limited design collection Jassa. The Industriell collection, which consists of furniture, ceramic vases, plates, glasses and tea towels, will follow in a year’s time. On his website Eek explains his collaboration with IKEA in detail.
Piet Hein Eek: “Of course there’s a lot to write about the collaboration with IKEA. Why have I actually entered into it back then? The question suggests that a collaboration could cause damage. We make exclusive objects whereas IKEA’s products are quite affordable. And it might also be because failure at the highest, or at least the widest, platform in the world is not a pleasant prospect either.”
“It’s going to be very complicated indeed if you don’t exercise your profession because you’re worried that you don’t master it. One of the main reasons why I entered into this collaboration was that my IKEA designs will be accessible to a much larger audience and that due to the large numbers the opportunities are completely different from those I’m used to. Every day we do our utmost to make affordable products but that’s very difficult if you, like us, produce small numbers in the Netherlands.”