The Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg has just opened a show called FENOMEN IKEA, “dealing with the complex field of mass production and quality, globality and national tastes, individual habits and quality of life, fashions in living and advertising, and asks questions such as: does IKEA offer good design? Where does IKEA get its ideas from? Is IKEA typically Swedish? Can living quarters be organized? Does living in a good environment mean that you live a good life? Is there such a thing as a collective IKEA experience?”
Part of the exhibition is a section called NON IKEA, dealing with designers and artists who have made objects that “take up the concepts, materials and products of IKEA and create something completely new out of them: taking aesthetic principles to extremes, introducing new functions, alienating the designs to make them subversive and provocative.”
I’m thrilled that my I Wish We had IKEA tea towels and cushions are on the NON IKEA part of the show. Wish I could be there.