Swedish House Mafia and IKEA have revealed one of the latest additions to their collaborative collection — the (kind of) brand new KALLAX.
First announced in May, the OBEGRÄNSAD (‘unlimited’ in Swedish) collection is set to launch in stores next month. Previous items that have been announced to the public include the all-black FRAKTA bag which has been recreated into three new designs for three different purposes.
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Doing the same with KALLAX, the Swedish DJ trio and furniture retailer present a shelving unit that includes two rows of four cubes for storing records and two slimmer sections right above store even more of your home DJ needs. Goes without saying that your decks, synths, controllers and speakers are placed on the very top. It’s also been adjusted height-wise to make it more comfortable to stand at.
Inspired by using the original KALLAX and other IKEA furniture in the past, Swedish House Mafia are now sharing that same experience with home DJs around the world.
“We used IKEA furniture to accommodate our teenage lives as creatives, so the purpose of the collaboration was formed around our own journey”, Axwell says.
Sebastian Ingrosso adds “We’ve made pieces we wish existed when we used to build our own vinyl stands, working desks, synth stands.”
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“We used KALLAX as vinyl stands and vinyl storage,” mentions Steve Angello. “We had amps and other outboard equipment racked up in the shelving units, and basically surrounded ourselves with vinyl, samplers, synths, and equipment.”
IKEA’s Creative Leader, James Futcher also mentions that during the pandemic, there were a lot of home DJs performing live streams using the original KALLAX as their stage. “And we thought, ‘there’s a fun opportunity to do a small update of an iconic product for a collaboration around making and listening to music’.”
Find out more on the remixed KALLAX by Swedish House Mafia and IKEA here.
Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Editorial Assistant, follow her on Instagram.