I discovered the IKEA PS Collections two years ago when I featured the PS 2012 collection here on the blog. The PS 2014 collection, which launched in stores on 01st April 2014, reflects the growing trend for compact, changeable spaces that feature furniture that is flexible, moveable and affordable and that helps us to maximise every available space. It is aimed at young urbanites, who live in small spaces and are constantly on the move and it is designed to help them live more simply and do more with what little space they have.
IKEA has recently conducted some research that revealed that one in five of us now lives in a home that is smaller than 30m2 and nearly two thirds of us are based in a flat. As a result, over half of us tend to choose furniture based on how functional it is and whether it can be moved easily as 15% of us admit that we don’t know how long we will stay in our current home and nearly a third of us have moved more than twice in the last three years.
It was these global insights that inspired the IKEA PS 2014 collection. And as it is aimed at young, creative urbanites, IKEA insisted that the collection be designed by a creative team that represented the target audience. It therefore put together a group of 14 designers all under 30 from every corner of the globe. They then worked with IKEA’s own in-house designers to bring IKEA PS 2014 to life.
Gemma Arranz, Communication and Interior Design Manager, IKEA UK and Ireland says: “When designing the IKEA PS 2014 collection we were thinking about the needs of the young urban generations that often forgo space to follow their dreams in the big cities. The collection is flexible, affordable and beautiful, and can be easily moved within the home to maximise the smallest of spaces.”
Consisting of around 50 different products, PS 2014 is the most affordable PS collection to date (there have been 8 collections since 1994). There is a great selection of products ranging from a miniature indoor greenhouse by Swiss designer Nicolas Cortolezzis to a balancing bench by Henrik Preutz of Sweden. A few of my favourite products though are the wall shelf and corner cabinet, designed by Keiji Ashizawa of Tokyo, Japan and the plant stand by David Wahl from Shanghai in China. I have to admit I wouldn’t say no to the mini greenhouse either. What about you? What pieces from the new collection would you welcome into your home?
The video below perfectly illustrates what the PS 2014 Collection has been designed for.