Art Event Collections

IKEA Art Event 2017

IKEA has launched their newest limited edition art collection in stores this April. The ART EVENT 2017 series includes 12 posters with hand drawn motifs. It features a carefully curated selection of artists using everything from graphite, pen and ink, crayon and charcoal to watercolour and gouache.

Daniel Arsham’s contribution reinterprets Ikea’s table clock to question our understanding of time. The duo also pinned drones into their cabinet to highlight how strange it is for modern technology to be static.


Since 2015, Ikea has partnered with various artists to create a series of limited edition art pieces that explore the sweet spot where art and functional design meet. Their goal is to democratize art and bring it into people’s homes. Their previous collections include hand woven art rugs, toy art figurines made of crystal glass and wall art that’s inspired by street art and illustrations.

For their contribution to the 2021 ART EVENT collection, Stockholm-based duo “Humans since 1982” created a wall piece that features drones, a modern technological item often associated with surveillance, placed inside an aluminum display case resembling a butterfly collection. The artists hope their work will spark conversation and questions about the nature of technology and how it affects our lives.

IKEA’s yearly ART EVENT collects posters with hand-drawn motifs from 12 carefully curated artists from around the world. This year, the theme was “the power of drawing”. It’s an eclectic and diverse group of artworks with a range of techniques including graphite, pen and ink, crayon, watercolour and gouache.


For decades, Ikea has been providing people around the world with affordable and functional home furnishing design. Now, the Swedish retailer is turning its attention to art with its annual Art Event, an initiative that aims to democratize contemporary design.

The latest installment of the program, launched in Australia this week, features a limited-edition collection designed by artists to be displayed in people’s homes. Featuring hand drawings in mediums such as graphite, pen and ink, crayon, charcoal, watercolour and gouache, the works reflect various artistic styles and expressions.

IKEA has invited five visionaries — Daniel Arsham, Gelchop, Humans Since 1982, Sabine Marcelis and Stefan Marx — to reinterpret everyday objects into artful statement pieces. From Arsham’s airborne timepiece that references the unstoppable passage of time to Marcelis’ reinterpretation of the allen key, each work explores the sweet spot where function and form meet. The collection will be available in stores and online from April 2021.


IKEA aims to make good art more accessible for everyone. Its latest limited edition collection, dubbed ART EVENT 2021, shows off the line where art meets functional design. It features ten designs by Daniel Arsham, Gelchop, Humans since 1982, Sabine Marcelis and Stefan Marx that spark curiosity while double-up as useful household items.

For her contribution, Marcelis took inspiration from Italian painter Lucio Fontana’s slashed canvases and wanted to translate this gesture into a light fixture. Her carbon steel panelled wall lamps come in two sizes and change colors to create different moods.

It’s a far cry from the cheeky nudity and muscle-bound hunks of the Athena posters that once graced Ikea walls. The new prints are an investment in contemporary art and a clear sign that the Swedish retailer is serious about making high-quality art available to a wider audience. The collection will be available to buy online and in-store from April. This marks the third installment of ART EVENT, which aims to show that great art doesn’t have to be expensive and exclusive to the elite.


In its quest to make art more accessible for everyone, IKEA is teaming up with a carefully curated selection of artists to create a new limited edition collection that doubles as useful home furnishings. The line-up features a series of posters with hand drawn motifs from the likes of Jean Jullien and Gelchop. The illustrators utilise graphite, pen and ink, crayon and watercolour to create their unique works, and each one draws inspiration from a different world.

For instance, Gelchop reimagined arguably the most iconic IKEA item of all — the Allen key — as an LED table lamp and torch in silver and metallic blue. Their ideas often emerge from everyday ‘aha’ moments.

Daniel Arsham, Snarkitecture co-founder, also contributed a wall clock that is shaped as if it was frozen mid-motion to imply that time does not stand still. Meanwhile, Sabine Marcelis used a metal wall lamp with a long gash across its shade inspired by Lucio Fontana’s slashed canvases to exemplify the notion of light passing through materials.

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