Tom Dixon Gets into Bed with Ikea

Tom Dixon gets into bed with the biggest furniture company in the world to create a durable, transformable platform for living – DELAKTIG.


From the minute you are born to your last moments on earth, at home, in prison, in hospital or on holiday the only indispensable piece of furniture is the bed. We could consider it the primary unit of home furnishing. But what if a bed could work harder – become other things? Change function when you move home or grow up?  Together with IKEA, Tom decided to create a super-durable aluminium frame that could be constantly updated or upgraded as your life and needs evolve.

At its most basic, DELAKTIG is a single bed – rapidly transformable into a chaise lounge or a three seat sofa by adding additional components.

Contributing to a global community of IKEA hackers that already edit and modify IKEA designs for every-day life, Tom and IKEA began work with the world’s most innovative art schools to see if DELAKTIG, rather than being a complete finished piece of furniture, could be the start of something much bigger – a kind of ecosystem with unlimited possibilities. The results were diverse and inspiring.

In response, Tom Dixon has created heavy-weight task lamps, coffee tables and magazine racks that can be clamped, slotted or bolted on at will, to mutate the sofa into a work or entertainment space. Made of substantial and durable aluminium plate the hacks are robust enough to last a lifetime.

Tom Dixon also collaborated with Bemz who specialize in soft hacks to produce three luxe covers that elevate the IKEA frame into a luxury unit – from Shower-proof stripes to an Icelandic sheepskin mono-cover known as ‘The Beast’.

The Beast, Icelandic sheepskin mono-cover

So, this is the plan – you can go to IKEA and you can buy yourself a bed. It’s an affordable bed. If you want, you can add components to make it into a sofa. Once you’ve got this bed sofa you can add on our hacks, other people’s hacks, or you can hack it yourself.

Shower proof stripes

The hacks are available from 1st Feb from in the UK and Europe only.

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