From 29 February to 3 March, IKEA will take over 28 Rue de Lappe close to Paris’s Bastille. Taking place during Paris Fashion Week, the exhibition IKEA+ is inspired by the fact that 48% of people globally do not feel that their life at home is represented in the media, an insight from the IKEA Life at Home Report.
“IKEA+ creates a global arena for emerging talents, ground-breaking artists and musicians and brings together the international crowd of creative souls in Paris. Join us as we add up a diverse mixture of people, topics and experiences that celebrate the new, the unseen, and the unexpected.”
– Marcus Engman, Creative Director at Ingka Group
Life at Home, a new collection of portraits by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, will be unveiled at the exhibition. Taken by Leibovitz during her tenure as IKEA Artist in Residence, the collection features twenty-five portraits from homes in Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Also featured will be portraits taken by six up-and-coming photographers from the unique mentorship programme led by IKEA and Annie Leibovitz. In keeping with the theme of promoting aspiring creators, visitors to the venue will also be able to experience the work of French stylists and designers from alternative French fashion school Casa93. A daily programme of talks and events featuring themes around representation, culture, self-expression and style will run inside the venue every day.
An IKEA event wouldn’t be an IKEA event without food, products and music. Visitors will be able to taste IKEA food and drinks with a Parisian twist at the food court, and TESAMMANS, a colourful new collection of products from new collaborators, Dutch design duo Raw Color, will be revealed. For the music programme, IKEA has teamed up with Paris and London-based radio station Rinse to light up the venue every day until dark with an eclectic mix of acts and genres. All events are free, with the full line-up released on 14 February.
Marcus Engman, Creative Director at Ingka Group (IKEA Retail) says, “IKEA+ creates a global arena for emerging talents, ground-breaking artists and musicians and brings together the international crowd of creative souls in Paris. Join us as we add up a diverse mixture of people, topics and experiences that celebrate the new, the unseen, and the unexpected.”
Visit ikea.fr to learn more.
Architect: Midori Hasuike
Spatial Designer: Emerzon
About Ingka Group
ith IKEA retail operations on 31 markets, Ingka Group is the largest IKEA retailer and represents about 90% of IKEA retail sales. It is a strategic partner to develop and innovate the IKEA business and help define common IKEA strategies. Ingka Group owns and operates IKEA sales channels under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. It has three business areas: IKEA Retail, Ingka Investments and Ingka Centres. Read more on www.ingka.com.
About IKEA Artist in Residence: Annie Leibovitz
IKEA has always kept up to date with the way people around the world live today, and its annual Life at Home Report offers unique insights into this reality. A critical recent finding indicates that up to 48% of people globally do not feel their life at home is regularly represented in the media. This challenge has inspired a collaboration with renowned American photographer, Annie Leibovitz.
Annie Leibovitz is the first IKEA Artist in Residence, and over the course of six months in 2023, she has travelled to Italy, India, the United States, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Japan to document the real lives of people in their homes. Her ability to capture truths that are generally hidden or ignored offers a unique perspective on the way we live.
Casa93 is a free avant-garde fashion education programme. The name Casa93 is a nod to the postcode in the Seine-Saint-Denis neighbourhood where it’s located. Embracing diversity and encouraging eco-conscious creativity, Casa93 is not just a school but a vital community dedicated to shaping the future of the fashion industry.