Ikea is continuing its collaboration with Tom Dixon by exploring the future of urban farming with a new concept to promote locally grown food, which will be revealed at the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London next May.
The project will lead to the production of a collection of urban growing tools – to be available from Ikea in 2021 – exploring the intersection between the “hyper-natural and hyper-tech”.
The collaboration – which has previously seen the London-based designer develop a modular sofa – is an upscaling of Ikea's previous in-door gardening collections that have focused on hydroponics in a bid to raise awareness about the waste involved in mass food production.
“This collaboration is about challenging the way society looks at growing in general and addressing that it’s both possible and rewarding to have a place to grow your own plants in the city. Food is key to humanity and design can support with better solutions,” says Ikea’s James Futcher.
“Because at the end of the day we need people to feel inspired to grow and harvest their own edibles within their homes and communities.”