Building designer furniture in times of recession
Back when I was an exchange student in Helsinki, my friend Maarten and I signed up for a trip to the Stockholm furniture fair. To make it more fun, we decided to design a piece of furniture to bring along. We knew that there would be mostly expensive furniture at the fair, so we wanted to design something different.
We looked at:
While experimenting with the cheapest IKEA furniture, we found out that two Lack tables screwed together would make a nice chair. We added wheels to it and made it roll to Stockholm, where we sneaked it in the fair.
SIDE PROJECT: AS LONG AS IT’S WOOD
While visiting IKEA, we took a lot of pencils. Toying around with them, we were mesmerized by their differences of colors. IKEA’s products were not so standardized after all. To reflect on this, we lined up many of those pencils on the school gallery's walls.
Doing is better than not doing. I was at first reluctant to do those projects because I thought that the concepts were not strong enough. In that respect, Maarten helped me to reflect on Steve Job’s mantra “Real artists ship”.