I wish we had FENOMEN IKEA
Anyone in Hamburg reading this blog? I have a personal interest in the fact that the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg has just opened a show called FENOMEN IKEA. This is what the press release says:
FENOMEN IKEA deals 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?
Gosh, I’d love to be there. They’re focusing on early IKEA products from the 50s and 60’s, the classics from the 70’s and 80’s, and some of the PS Collection pieces too.
But I’m particularly interested in the section of the exhibition called NON IKEA, because that deals with designers’ and artists’ reactions to the IKEA phenomenon. The press release says:
NON IKEA brings together some 25 works of art and design objects by international designers and artists. These objects 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.
And guess what? My I Wish we Had IKEA tea towels and cushions are on show too! I believe there are some for sale as well. If you’re in Hamburg and go to see this show, I’d love to hear all about it!