The new OMTÄNKSAM collection puts extra focus on ergonomics and functionality. And – perhaps even more important – without letting those qualities interfere with style and beauty.
As a creative leader at IKEA, Britt Monti is used to combining different perspectives to come up with new ones. Working with the OMTÄNKSAM collection, that ability became extra valuable. Having herself suffered a stroke, she knows only too well the small nuances in form and function that make all the difference in practice. Based on her own experiences, she has been a dedicated driving force in the project.
A thing she had noticed was that looking for a certain level of functionality, often meant you had to give up on aesthetics. The collection is partly made in response to that mismatch: to show that furniture that is helpful can still look good.
Physiotherapists as well as experts on both ergonomics and ageing have been vital in the design process. Besides using statistical population data, many products have been evaluated by people with different needs and challenges.
This new line of products is created with human needs in focus. Needs that vary from person to person, and through our lives. Since no matter the cause – helping the motor skills of a 3-year-old, a broken arm, or limited mobility during pregnancy – we can all use a bit of assistance at times.
Small differences in support can make or break your day. A multi-cushion makes it easy to tailor just right. Folded or rolled up, behind your back or under your heels to relieve pressure – and then some.
This extra-long shoehorn helps you get your shoes on while standing up. Being made of metal, it’s a sturdy support that won’t bend.
Besides giving them a pleasant shape, the curve of the glasses (as well as the vases at the top of the page) makes them easy to hold and lift. The anti-slip surface of the tray helps them stand steady.
Built to make it easy to sit down and stand up, the chair’s curved back and high seat also help comfort and posture. So does the adaptive soft-foam, anti-slip cushion. An ideal complement is the scratch-resistant, easy-to-clean table, where the absence of an underframe means great leg space at all times.
Britt Monti, IKEA creative leader
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