Renew, refresh and re-imagine

Ikea has invited design students from Middlesex University to transform battered and broken pieces of furniture into cutting-edge pieces as part of its Renew, Refresh and Re-Imagine campaign.

Elsa Sandy, before
Elsa Sandy, before

Elsa Sandy, after
Elsa Sandy, after

In an attempt to shed its image as a purveyor of disposable homewares and inspire its customers into up-cycling, the student’s work will be on display at Ikea Wembley this month.

Sarah McCarthy, before
Sarah McCarthy, before

Sarah McCarthy, after
Sarah McCarthy, after

The students raided the bargain corner at Ikea and selected a variety of materials to chop, stick, weld and screw into new pieces of furniture or, in the case of Interior and Applied Arts student Sarah McCarthy, a bed-inspired sculpture.

McCarthy says, ‘There was certainly a lot of excitement when we first arrived, as we didn’t know what to expect. The timescale on this was very different to our usual projects and I found it really useful to have to make decisions quickly about what I was going to do. ’

Ena Naseem, before
Ena Naseem, before

Ena Naseem, after
Ena Naseem, after

Middlesex University course leader Tony Side says, ‘This project pushes our students to think on their feet and respond creatively to a brief in a very short timeframe.’

Rory Parr, before
Rory Parr, before

Rory Parr, after
Rory Parr, after

Design, Interior and Applied Arts final year students will exhibit their own work at Middlesex’s Art and Design Degree Show at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, from 3-6 June.

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