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Spotted at Milan Design Week: the hack

The idea that we can all be part of the design process – taking what exists and adding our own twist – made a refreshing appearance at this year’s Milan furniture fair. Here are four exhibits we saw to inspire you to personalise your own belongings.

Paint a classic

For their Wild Factory exhibit, second-year students from the Visual Arts School of Comic Design live-hacked the classic Italian stove-top coffee pot. Their decorated pots were part of the idea to take everyday objects and find different ways to use them. At home, why not take something past its best and upcycle it with a new look?

The grand doodle

‘We started by doing what we like,’ say Adriaan Van Der Ploeg and Ward Van Gemert, childhood friends who, as Night Shop, use marker pens to turn basic furniture, like tables, mirrors and wardrobes, into personalised pieces full of energy and spirit. ‘We were inspired by the back of cubicle doors from our high-school days, people always doodled on them.’ Tempted? Use permanent markers… and forget regret!

Show your process

‘A space to create and recreate yourself’ is how Anna Lenskog Belfrage describes her creativity room – one of the living rooms she designed for the IKEA Festival at Milan. Each room was an expression of the creator’s reaction to the effects of urbanisation and technology. When space and time are scarce, the simple act of making room at home, for you to create, craft and express yourself, could be the ultimate life hack… 

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

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Photographer: Jamie Baker
Art Director: Jules Rogers
Writer: Helen Bazuaye

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