Ikea has created its first ever 3D-knitted chair as part of the PS17 collection, which hits stores in February and concentrates on lightweight and flexible products for urban living. It is in this triennial capsule collection that Ikea takes the creative freedom to research new materials and experiment with fabrication techniques. It provided in-house designer Sarah Fager, who we listed as an influencer to watch for 2017, with the opportunity to explore the fully-automated 3D knitting technology that we know from the sneaker industry.
According to Fager, it proved quite difficult to create the fully collapsible, flatpack end result. Mesh knit upholstery is stretched over a powder-coated steel frame to provide comfortable support without foam or padding, which makes for an extremely light armchair – usually one of the more bulky pieces of furniture. The chair will be available in grey or a deep pink, with a black or white frame.
Other items in the collection include a pillow and quilt ingeniously amalgamated to create a ‘quillow’ (as seen in Products on the Move: Travel Accessory Trends) and chairs made from recycled wood and plastic (featured in Rethinking Plastics: Circular Consumption).
Ikea has announced more exciting collections and collaborations to keep an eye out for in the new year. British designer Tom Dixon will launch his design, which he describes as a bed as a platform for living, during Milan Design Week, and Danish label Hay has created a full collection of home accessories set to launch in Autumn 2017.