Product for a better everyday life
Developing IKEA products can take place almost anywhere around the world – on a factory floor in Asia
or on the drawing board in Älmhult, Sweden.
And everybody involved works together to create a product range that is simple and straightforward, with products that are hard-wearing, easy to live with and affordable.
Good design should be available for the many, not the few. That’s why all IKEA designers design every IKEA product starting with a functional need and a price. Then they use their creativity and knowledge and use low-cost raw materials and manufacturing processes to create functional products. Then large volumes are purchased to push prices down even further.
Most IKEA products are also designed to be transported in flat packs and assembled at the customer’s home. This also lowers the price by minimising transportation and storage costs. By doing all this, the IKEA Concept uses design to make sure that IKEA products can be bought and enjoyed by as many people as possible.
Form follows function
IKEA designers constantly seek new ways to improve people’s lives – without emptying their wallets. But how can good design and function be combined with good quality, all at a low price?
It starts with focusing on what’s important. Will an expensive finish on the back of a shelf or under a table-top improve the function?
Of course not. So IKEA designers do not do it, because a product is of no use to the many people if it is not affordable.
Low prices with meaning
Low prices are only valuable if they offer good function, quality and design. IKEA product development teams constantly ask themselves – does this product contribute to a better everyday life? Does it have a good, sustainable design? Is the function and quality suited for everyday life? And most crucial – is the price low enough to make this product accessible to many, not just the few?
Maximising production possibilities
The IKEA product development teams travel the world and travel their clever minds to find new solutions that let us keep the good design, function and quality while lowering the price.
“Why don’t we take the legs off?”
IKEA product designer who removed the legs of the LÖVET side table so it could be easily transported. He is credited for creating the first IKEA flat pack.
Design and quality
IKEA of Sweden
Inter IKEA Systems B.V. have commissioned IKEA of Sweden AB, in Älmhult, Sweden, to set and develop the IKEA product range. That is why every IKEA product is labelled “Design and Quality, IKEA of Sweden”.
Read more about how to become an IKEA partner here.