But things are always evolving. IKEA realised that it’s not merely about reduced prices. Rather, giving these items a second chance, extending their life cycle and reusing resources. The concept of circularity is to make it easier for customers to acquire, care for and pass on products in circular ways, such as repairing, reusing, reselling, and recycling them.
So the humble Bargain Corner (or known as As-is corner, in some markets) is now rebranded as Circular Hub. It may not have changed at your local IKEA yet, but it will come. IKEA hopes to be 100% circular by 2030.
To bring this concept to life, IKEA Netherlands invited 12 artists to shop the Circular Hub and turn them into works of art. Right up our alley.
For her project, artist Loes used a PRÄSTHOLM outdoor sofa.
She painted the grey metal and wood sofa in light pastel green. Then wrapped strands of paracord around the bars. The end result is a bright, cheerful, one-of-a-kind garden bench. Love how customizable this is with different coloured ropes and knot patterns.
Her piece is definitely more involved. Tamar smashed up pieces of ceramics (tiles, cups, plates) and arranged them on the HEMNES display cabinet until she got a design she was happy with. Then, glued each piece down. To set the “stones”, she filled all the joints with grout compound. Lastly, brushed away all the grout and glue traces with a damp sponge. And the cabinet becomes a display in itself.
Belen used a HEMNES shoe cabinet to put her stamp on. After cleaning the furniture with degreaser, she sanded it and applied a coat of chalk paint. Lastly she applied white wood glue and stuck the decoupage paper on it. Finished with a coat of furniture wax.