Forging the path to democratising design, and making inroads to youth and music culture through festival-inspired collections and high-profile collaborations with the likes of Off-White‘s Virgil Abloh, IKEA is now set to release its own vinyl turntable and accompanying products to level the playing field of high fidelity audio.
Teaming up with Swedish audio company, Teenage Engineering, the Swedish home and furniture giant announced FREKVENS (Swedish for “frequency”), a range of audio products catered for both home listening and portability. In the press statement, Michael Nikolic, Creative Leader at IKEA Range & Supply, shared that, “We know that for younger people spontaneity is key. The idea of gathering some friends could become a reality in minutes. What is then needed at home? Or maybe you want to bring along the party somewhere else? Together with Teenage Engineering we want to explore the possibilities of bringing the party with you and what else you need for a great party.”
From sketch to final prototype, we are checking in on #FREKVENS! Together with Teenage Engineering the aim is to create products so that you can host your party, wherever you may be. During Diseño Democrático this week we are showing the prototypes of the collection. Love it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! #teenageengineering #prototype #ikeatoday #diseñodemocratico #IKEAMADRIDDD
Releasing an image of several prototype models, which appear to include a boombox-style home stereo and portable speaker systems, the FREKVENS collection is also said to include a turntable, party lighting, and an obscure “electric choir.”
Having previously released the IKEA x SPRIDD collection with British designer Kit Neale, which tapped into music festival culture with camping gear and bold designs, the FREKVENS collection signals the brand’s steps to go far beyond a furniture brand. More goodies to throw into your FRAKTA!
The FREKVENS collection will be available in IKEA stores globally by February 2019.