I looked for designers with a modern expression because I wanted to show that handicraft doesn’t have to look traditional or old-fashioned. It can be modern and even avant-garde.
The designers of LOKALT are the design duo Ploypan Theerachai and Decha Archjananun based in Bangkok, Tania Haddad from Amman, and IKEA in-house designer Akanksha Deo who is based in Delhi. The social businesses partners contributing to the LOKALT collection are Jordan River Foundation in Jordan, Doi Tung in Thailand, Industree in India and Diamond carpets female weavers in India.
Social enterprises around livelihoods are actually quite rare, but those are the ones that need to be scaled. We have to engage with big business, otherwise, we are not able to see scale. We need the power of big business behind us and that’s why the relationship with IKEA is crucial.
The collaboration for LOKALT focuses on mutual learning and building on each other’s strengths. It’s about co-creating unique, affordable, handcrafted products and merging IKEA design with local techniques.
IKEA will continue to invest in business partnerships that help create long-term job opportunities and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals. LOKALT will be launched in 294 stores on 25 IKEA markets in June 2021.