This morning IKEA unveiled the line up for the 2021 Art Event including Daniel Arsham, Humans since 1982, Sabine Marcelis, Gelchop, and Stefan Marx during a virtual preview and Q&A event hosted by Henrik Most, Creative Leader for the collection. Since 2015, IKEA has collaborated with a roaster of world class artists including Virgil Abloh, Junko Mizuno, Craig Green, Chiaozza, Yasuto Sasada, James Jarvis, and more on collections that have included everything from glass figurines to rugs, to street art, photography, and drawings. The Art Event aims to bring contemporary art into the homes of many people at a very accessible price point. 2021 marks the sixth edition of the Art Event which is “all about the magic that happens when the line between art and functional design blurs.”
Each artist has taken objects that are ordinary and recognizable and added their imaginary spin in order to shift our vision of what we’d expect. So for Daniel Arsham, it’s a clock with a sweeping silk like backdrop and for Japan’s Gelchop, it’s an Allen Key that’s actually a light; each piece elevates the ordinary into the extraordinary. The aim of the collection is the blur the lines of how we live with art, so many of the items can be picked up and used as well as displayed and reflected upon.
The collection will range in price from $19.99 to $69.99 and hits stores starting May 1st worldwide including IKEA Canada and IKEA.ca. Take a closer look at the pieces in the collection below followed by some notes.