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Highlights from IKEA Festival yesterday include Swedish House Mafia collection launch

A discussion with Swedish DJ Axel Boman on his relationship with IKEA and a performance by musician Jamie XX feature in this video of yesterday's IKEA Festival highlights, which Dezeen is publishing as part of our partnership with IKEA during Milan design week.

Hosted by Swedish presenter and journalist Amie Bramme Sey, the video showcases the exhibitions, events stage and product launches that were part of the festival.

Swedish House Mafia's furniture range
Swedish House Mafia launched a furniture range at the IKEA Festival

Yesterday IKEA hosted a Democratic Design Talk that focused on IKEA and H&M's Ideas Factory called Atelier100, which launched in April 2022 and aims to support small-scale designers and manufacturers.

In London, 20 creatives were chosen for its programme and have been funded and given "expert mentorship to bring their products to life by this autumn".

Speakers included chief creative officer of Ingka Group Marcus Engman, global brand innovation manager at H&M Camilla Henriksson, founder of Palazzo Monti Edoardo Monti and creative at the Atelier 100 programme Zoe Horgan.

A photograph of a chair designed by Swedish House Mafia
Swedish House Mafia's collection includes an armchair

Sey met DJ Boman who discussed his relationship with IKEA products, including the Expedit Kallax shelf that is perfect for displaying vinyl records, according to Boman.

"There's one shelf that every Swedish DJ grows up owning several of their whole life, and that's the Expedit shelf," said Boman. "It's the one with the squares perfectly fitted for vinyl records."

Yesterday IKEA revealed a furniture range created by musicians Swedish House Mafia, which was designed for making and listening to music at home. Called Obegränsad, the collection is made up of a desk, armchair and record player.

Sey also met designer Sabine Marcelis who launched a lighting range with IKEA called Varmblixt.

"I'm presenting these lights as part of the Varmblixt collection," said Marcelis. "There's also an invitation to be creative because they can be used in multiples or just one or opposite each other."

A photograph of Sabine Marcelis
Sabine Marcelis has launched a new lighting range with IKEA called Varmblixt

In the video, Sey also explored other designs being launched in Milan, including a seating collection made from wood salvaged from demolition construction sites in Los Angeles.

She also met Marimekko designer Mikael Axelsson, who discussed the launch of the Bastua pattern collection, which features a playful rhubarb leaf design.

"Rhubarb grows around the saunas and that's where the inspiration came from," said Axelsson. "A lot of inspiration from nature and all the stuff around the sauna, as well as the sauna."

A playful rhubarb leaf design
Marimekko's Bastua pattern collection includes a playful rhubarb leaf design

IKEA Museum presented a talk that focused on the "Folkhem" era of Sweden where "one million households were being built in record time".

The talk discussed the period at which IKEA established its vision in designing stylish and affordable homes. Also featured yesterday were performances by musicians Seinabo Sey, Viagra Boys and Teodor Wolgers.

Running from 6 to 12 June, IKEA's six-day festival includes exhibitions, installations and talks alongside the Swedish furniture brand's latest product launches. Dezeen is a partner for IKEA Festival and will be publishing video highlights from the festival throughout the week.

Find out about the full programme here.

IKEA Festival takes place from 6 to 12 June 2022 at BASE, Via Bergognone 34, 20144 Milan, as part of Milan design week 2022, which takes place from 6 to 12 June 2022. See our Milan design week 2022 guide on Dezeen Events Guide for information about the many other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.

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