Collaborations are nothing new for Ikea. Over the past few years especially, the company has released limited-edition products developed by external talent as a key part of its design strategy. Ikea gets a new perspective. Designers, many of them from Europe and the United States, get to sell their wares through the biggest furniture company in the world.
But the Överallt collection, debuting this May in the United States, marks new territory for the Swedish company. Its products are being announced this week, but they were created over two years alongside 10 architects and designers from across the continent of Africa. Överallt’s homewares and furniture were born from creatives in Kenya, Senegal, Egypt, Angola, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, and South Africa.