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IKEA Unveils Glass Sculptures Created By Artists With Diverse Styles
By Mikelle Leow, 10 Apr 2018
Image via IKEA
Last year, IKEA introduced affordable hand-drawn posters displaying the works of 12 international talents.
For its annual ‘Art Event’ collection this year, the Swedish giant has invited eight artists from around the world to reimagine their unique aesthetics as crystal glass sculptures.
The creatives, most of who have never dabbled in glasswork before, teamed up with traditional glass masters based in Småland, Sweden, to imbue their contemporary flairs in beautiful, see-through figurines.
The limited edition ‘IKEA Art Event 2018’ collection debuts this month. View five handmade pieces, along with the artists’ notes, and check out all eight via the IKEA website.
Figurine by James Jarvis, illustrator (London)
“Drawing is the foundation for all my work, but this is exciting because it’s a different type of product—in a material that has a real history to it. I didn’t realize glassblowing is so human and such an organic process.” Image via IKEA
‘Sutemos’ by Nathan Jurevicius, illustrator and toy designer (Australia)
“The owl is an important part of my Lithuanian heritage where it appears heavily in mythology. Owls are nocturnal and this one I call ‘Sutemos’, which means ‘nightfall.’ That is also the time of day when I’m most creative, when my ideas flow.” Image via IKEA
Figurine by Coarse, figure design duo (Los Angeles)
“We asked, ‘What about the fox who is not so clever, who does not want to trick others?’ This fox is shy, vulnerable, afraid of the world. Always on alert, but never ready to attack, she’s an outsider among her species.” Image via IKEA
Figurine by Joe Ledbetter, toy designer (United States)
“My very first design was a bunny. People really reacted to him. He was sort of autobiographical and he really put me on the map in the designer toy world. So, it felt natural to make a bunny out of glass.” Image via IKEA
Figurine by Arkiv Vilmansa, painter (Indonesia)
“It’s an abstract visualization of the life that we’ve been through. A character entangled in a power struggle to emerge to the ultimate realm. I wanted to convey that life is simple.” Image via IKEA
View all eight handmade sculptures on the IKEA website.
[via IKEA United Kingdom, images via IKEA]
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