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Design IKEA: A Cultural History by Sara Kristofferson

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IKEA: A Cultural History by Sara Kristofferson

Published December 18th 2014
ISBN : 9780857858146
Paperback
160 pages
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Sara Kristofferssons compelling study provides the first sustained critical history of IKEA. Kristoffersson argues that the companys commercial success has been founded on a neat alignment of the brand with a particular image of Swedish nationalMoreSara Kristofferssons compelling study provides the first sustained critical history of IKEA. Kristoffersson argues that the companys commercial success has been founded on a neat alignment of the brand with a particular image of Swedish national identity – one that is bound up with ideas of social democracy and egalitarianism - and its material expression in a pared-down, functional design aesthetic. Employing slogans such as Design for everyone and Democratic design, IKEA signals a rejection of the stuffy, the chintzy, and the traditional in both design practices and social structures.Drawing on original research in the IKEA company archive and interviews with IKEA personnel, Design by IKEA traces IKEAs symbolic connection to Sweden, through its design output and its promotional materials, to examine how the company both promoted and profited from the concept of Scandinavian Design.