Ikea PS 2006
2 1/2 years, 28 designers, 42 pieces: The challenge Ikea set forth-- to produce socially and environmentally responsible products using simple (often reused, recycled, and repurposed) materials. By all accounts the designers succeeded, often brilliantly. Using fish nets, recyled packing crates, bamboo and Indian newspapers to mention a few sources, the designers have created a range of products that are functional (storage, seating, tables) and decorative (vases, fabrics, cushion covers).
Hella Jongerius has created the Jonsberg series of four large vases, representing four different cultures and continents. They are even engraved or painted by hand, and still only $39.99. This is about $6920 less than a similar (though very limited edition and handmade) vase available at Moss. Even if you can afford the handmade one you'll want to pick up one of these. They are that good.
The new Ikea PS website is equally impressive, with product details, games and videos of the designers speaking about their products. Each one has an interesting story behind it.