IDEA - The Design Supermarket by Niklas Jacob

April 25, 2018

Flatpack Irony

Idea - The Design Supermarket by Niklas JacobDanish designer Niklas Jacob worked with a number of international designers to create a series of products that poke fun at the ubiquity of a certain Swedish flat-packed furniture chain.  The white MDF and self assembled nature of the products may feel oddly familiar, as do the Swedish sounding product names and instructions sheets featuring blobbular figures.  Less expected is the dark humour, irony and occasional sharp social commentary.  

DIÄT, for example, is a square table with a big round hole in the middle, for those who need to diet.  CHATT, a dining table with built-in holders for mobile phones, highlights how social media is making us unsociable.  LÄS is a monumental bookshelf for a minuscule number of books, whilst ÄKTENSKÅP is a wardrobe with built-in rest and entertainment features for the hiding philanderer to enjoy.  Those who like to be controversial would no doubt enjoy HÄLLELUJA, the prayer stand which just so happens to provide the optimal position for a sex related job, though your dog is less likely to be impressed by the BJÄBB canine carrying case.  These may be somewhat less useful than self-assembled shelves and tables, but definitely more fun and thought-provoking.

Idea - The Design Supermarket by Niklas JacobIdea - The Design Supermarket by Niklas JacobIdea - The Design Supermarket by Niklas JacobIdea - The Design Supermarket by Niklas JacobIdea - The Design Supermarket by Niklas Jacob

Links

Niklas Jacob

Superdesign Show

Shop the Style

Quirky Style

Product Inspiration

Expect the unexpected with quirky design furniture such as the NBA Basketball lounge chair from Lento, the Luna cabinet from Coedition and the Lady on a Carpet rug from Seletti.
NBA Basketball Lounge Chair   Luna Cabinet   Lady On A Carpet - Rectangular Rug - Seletti Wears Toiletpaper

 

Light up the conversations with these fun and quirky lights including the Olo table lamp from Moustache, the Twee T. suspension light from Casamania and the Flash lamp from Qeeboo.

Olo Table Lamp   Twee T. Suspension Light - Small (Cage Only)   Flash Lamp

 

Accessorise for maximum impact and fun with the Omni The Fisherman napkin tray from Ghidini 1961, the Holy Homes Bird Church from Frederik Roije and the Wunderkammer Shell from Diesel Living.

Omini The Fisherman Napkin Tray   Holy Homes Bird Church    Wunderkammer Shell - Hellter Shellter






Also in Product Ideas

Minimal Expressions by Niko Koronis

October 08, 2020

Minimal Expressions by Niko Koronis

Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The  furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.

View full article →

Experimental Designs from Ukurant

September 17, 2020

Experimental Designs from Ukurant

Founded by furniture designers Josefine Krabbe Munck, Kamma Rosa Schytte, Kasper Kyster and Lærke Ryom, Ukurant showcases experimental products from emerging designers which straddle the border between art and commerce.

View full article →

Paper Furniture by WooJai Lee

June 25, 2020

Paper Furniture by WooJai LeeAs part of his graduation project, designer WooJai Lee created a strong yet light material akin to papier-mâché. The collection feels organic and industrial at the same time, no mean feat for a material which started life as a humble newspaper.

View full article →