Back in June 2017, it was officially announced by IKEA that this year Ikea Art Event 2018 have prepared a limited-edition series and IKEA has invited artists Arkiv Vilmansa, Coarse, James Jarvis, Joe Ledbetter, Junko Mizuno, Ludvig Löfgren, Michael Lau and Nathan Jurevicius! All the glass figurines made at Målerås glass factory in southern Sweden to create contemporary glass figurines. Over the last 48 hours news has spread like wildfire that some IKEA locations in the U.S.A have begun to showcase them and stock them. With a couple more weeks until the official launch ETA April, we suggest checking out your local IKEA to see if they have them.
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The fourth series of IKEA Art Event continues to make art affordable for everyone while exploring the imaginative world connected to figurines.
Many of us were enthusiastic collectors as children, fascinated by all kinds of treasures: stamps, shells from the beach, stickers or toys. IKEA wondered how one-of-a-kind figurines could invite that playfulness and imagination again, at any age.
For this year’s limited-edition series of IKEA Art Event, the fourth of its kind, IKEA has invited artists Arkiv Vilmansa, Coarse, James Jarvis, Joe Ledbetter, Junko Mizuno, Ludvig Löfgren, Michael Lau and Nathan Jurevicius to the Målerås glass factory in southern Sweden to create contemporary glass figurines.
“We want to celebrate the amazing world of art collectables and the imaginative universe connected to figurines, how they spark our fantasy, represent everyday and turn it upside down with fun and playfulness,” says Henrik Most, Creative Leader for the upcoming collection.
Working in the heart of Sweden’s glass-making district
Located in the Kingdom of Crystal in southern Sweden, Målerås has been creating hand-blown glass since 1890. It is a magical material rooted in Sweden for centuries and associated with Swedish glass sculptures and objects.
But, it’s a new material for many of the artists, and IKEA was curious about how the different artists would apply their creativity, skill and knowledge to working with glass.
“I love creating objects. The idea of experimenting in a material that I have little understanding of is interesting – and I’m always up for a challenge,” says IKEA Art Event artist Nathan Jurevicius, an illustrator and toy designer from Australia. “Now that I know more about glass and the production process, I would love to make an entire line in glass.”
Figures inspired by pop surrealism and cultural roots
From a bunny to a owl to fingers giving the peace sign, these detailed miniature sculptures have emerged from the imaginations of the contemporary urban artists.
“I wanted to make something simple and iconic that embraced and celebrated the material and the manufacturing process,” says IKEA Art Event artist James Jarvis, a visual philosopher from Great Britain who designed the peace sign figure. “The subject matter reflects my interest in language, and I think the image of the hand symbolically has a universal, elemental appeal.”
IKEA Art Event 2018 will be available for a limited time starting in April 2018.
Countries taking part in The fourth series of IKEA Art Event should include:
Japan, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, South Korea, USA, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
Availability depends on the area you live. Some locations/ online IKEA stores may/may not have them.
We have just given IKEA U.K a call an so far no stores around our area have them yet, but the helpful IKEA employee did say they should be released 2nd of April in the UK due to the fact Apil 1st would be Easter Sunday.
Please contact your local IKEA store or their online store directly and ask if they’ll have IKEA Art Event 2018 glass figurines.
$29.99 USD plus tax.
Below is our unboxing of the COARSE, Michael Lau and Junko Mizuno editions.
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(info and media lifted from COARSE, Joe Ledbetter and IKEA)