The IKEA Catalogue: Design fiction in academic and industrial collaborations, 2016
This paper is an introduction to the “Future IKEA Catalogue”, enclosed here as an example of a design fiction produced from a long standing industrial-academic collaboration. We introduce the catalogue here by discussing some of our experiences using design fiction` with companies and public sector bodies, giving some background to the catalogue and the collaboration which produced it. We have found design fiction to be a useful tool to support collaboration with industrial partners in research projects – it provides a way of thinking and talking about present day concepts, and present day constraints, without being overly concerned with contemporary challenges, or the requirements of academic validation. In particular, there are two main aspects of this we will discuss here, aspects that are visible in the enclosed catalogue itself. The first is the potential of design fiction as a sort of ‘boundary object’ in industry and academic collaboration, and second the role of critique. After this introduction to the paper we enclose the output of our collaboration in the form of the catalogue itself.
Designers Inbetween documentary featured on Forbes Tech!
Described as one of the must-see design documentary, it talks about designers who turn their dream into a business in Hong Kong, the strategic advantages and challenges international designers face in one of the world’s financial capitals and how the industry is generically different from the West and the rest of Asia.
Feature in South China Morning Post, Abode Mode by David Roden, selected lifestyle pieces for 2016.
Post on the our IKEA catalogue project together with Mobile life Centre and Near Future Laboratory.
Article on Creative Swedes and Euro Pop, featuring an interview with Boris and our award-winning shades in the pop up space.
Interview with Boris Design Studio- The people behind Boris Design Studio.
Bulletinen (”The Bulletin”) was founded in 1981 and is a bi-monthly, non-profit publication in Swedish for the Swedish speaking community in Hong Kong, southern China and Macau. Its content is a mixture of updates and event notifications from some Swedish organizations in Hong Kong, as well as features and reports on topics and happenings that are relevant to the Swedish speaking community in the region.
Boris and our Birdie got spotted in Milan and is featured on the blog Hemtrender!
Thank you Jenny Martinsson! The Birdie can be found on Ladp’s swedish webshop for those of you who are interested! http://shop.ladp.se/en/all-products/35-birdie
Read up on the Trend Report: Milan 2015 on Architonic's blog, Dailytonic. Thanks Le Vin Chin for the feature on the Planet mirror!
“Planet Mirror” by Boris Design Studio is an eco-mirror integrating self-regulating vertical garden technology by Greenworks.”
Read about three Trends at the Forefront of Milan’s Design Week. The Nature That Nurtures trend features the Planet Mirror. Thank you Artsy!
“Perhaps the freshest thread we identified around Salone, however, was a celebration of the natural world. Flowers and succulents embellished myriad presentations, and there was an almost dizzying number of purely beautiful, plant-inspired objects. Two notables: Dossofiorito’s “Epiphytes” collection of suspended, white ceramic vases put both plants and roots on display; while Boris Design Studio’s wall-mounted Planet Mirror is framed by an ambient, dimmable LED rim and a self-irrigating succulent garden.”
The design blog Meet your MOOD features Boris and Bäckström design with a great collection of work showcased at Ventura Lambrate. Take a look! Thank you Carlotta Berta for the heads up!
We are happy to featured as one of the fairs gems by L'ArcoBaleno!
”Hong Kong's Boris Design Studio (founded in 2009 by Swedes Anna Karlsson and Katarina Ivarsson) stood out from the pack, though, with their cleverly designed Planet Mirror. Created in collaboration with Greenworks, this circular, wall-mounted mirror is surrounded by a self-watering succulent garden, as well as a dimmable LED rim rigged with data sensors so it a) fades whenever one walks away from it and b) adjusts brightness to best complement the light of the room in which it's placed. And there's a water indicator on the front of the mirror to let you know when it's time to refill the water for your thirsty plants. Well done, team Boris!”
Thank you IdN for the nice feature in IdN Extra 10: buyMeDesign – Living Like A Designer. You can check out more cool projects on the below links! http://idnworld.com/creators/?id=BorisDesignStudio http://idnworld.com/extra/?id=extra10
"With a sense of humor and irony we wish to present designs with a bit of a twist - not only does this make the development process much more playful but we also believe that it will make you feel that it is a special product that you hold in your hand! Acting as enablers for a more sustainable development is something else that we see as a vital part of our design business and it something that creates a strong competitive advantage in a time where “green” is the only option to go for."
Planet Mirror is getting good reviews! Read Paulinas Report from Stockholm Furniture Fair to find out more!
“ This amazing mirror by Boris Design Studio for Greenworks with dimmable LED light and plant frame ought to be the perfect interior detail for any office. The future looks green! “.
Architonic feature on our Bloombox and Planet Mirror!
“Greenworks is a producer of living furniture and living walls. With sustainable design as the core ingredient Greenworks will present new products with embedded plant solutions. Come and experience a speaker pedestal with plants, mirror with spherical vertical garden and more”.
Boris is featured in the design book Design For 2015 by Promote Design! Hard copies will be avaliable in all the major bookstores in Italy and the main European capitals. During this years Furniture Fair in Milan a selection of our products will be exhibited in the DIN (Design IN) exhibition in Lambrate that Promote Design is curating. Hope to see you there!
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The Boris X Greenworks Planet Mirror was presented by trend expert Stefan Nilsson in Nyhetsmorgon TV 4. The Planet Mirror illustrated the trends of integrating more plants and technology in or homes.
Boris Design Studio and Creative Swedes in Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri.
Full page article on creative Swedish entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and the activities surrounding BODW 2014 (Business of Design Week).
Boris design studio is presented in an article on Creative Swedes Hong Kong as one of the initiators of the Creative Swedes group.
Detour introducing the activities of Creative Swedes at PMQ.
A meeting place, a show room and a shop featuring products from the participating creatives, coveringa wide lifestyle spectrum from fashion accessories to home interior products and electronics! Come and hang out, check out an inspiring array of products and meet the designers and the creatives behind them.
“Creative Swedes - Hong Kong” is an initiative by SwedCham HK to gather the Swedish creative entrepreneurs under one umbrella and to bring together a showcase of what Swedish style and creativity can accomplish in the dynamic settings of Hong Kong.
The initiative aims to increase awareness of Swedish designers & creatives active in HK, enable new exciting meetings and thereby create new opportunities for those involved.
“Home Abroad” feature on Boris creative and inspiring studio in Modern Home, Hong Kong’s first and largest interior magazines.
Amid feeble economic growth in Europe and North America, Scandinavian design and design professionals have found a perfect match in Hong Kong, a sophisticated city with a legacy of high-quality manufacturing. Among them the Swedes, Anna Karlsson & Katarina Ivarsson at Boris Design Studio.
The Article Feature Boris Design Studio, Johan Persson at C’monde Studios, BoConcept Hong Kong & Business of Design Week.
Article is written by Michael Hoare.
Read full Article here.
Feature on The Birdy Carafe in Modern Home Magazine under ”What’s hot” section.
Modern Home (MH) is Hong Kong's first and one of the biggest Design & Decoration magazines.
Interview with Boris founders and winners of the SwedCham’s Business Award 2014, Anna Karlsson and Katarina Ivarsson. In this article you can read about the story behind Boris and why Boris chose Hong Kong as home base.
Bulletinen is a Magazine for swedes in Hong Kong and the South of China.
Article by Alexandra Hoeberg.
Big feature on Boris showcasing the Birdie Carafe and The Origami Picnic blanket. The article shows how to celebrate summer – the Swedish way! :)
Feature on the Hipster Shades, new Birdy Carafe and more from Boris. Curated by Buy Me Design for In Bed with Designers event magazine.
Interview: "Narrowing the quality gap"!
The theme for this issue's cover story is quality, so Dragon News asked some members about their favorite brands. These were the questions:
1. What Swedish brands represents quality to you and why?
2. Are there any Chinese brands that represents the same level of quality?
Interview: Swedish Design Duo with base in Hong Kong.
"Två självskrivna deltagare när Hongkong i år slår på stora trumman för svensk design är de välutbildade svenskorna Katarina Ivarsson och Anna Karlsson. I över fem år har de dessutom arbetat inom industridesign med Hongkong och Sydkina som bas. I dag har de svenska, amerikanska och kinesiska kunder."
Interview by Agneta Engqvist.
The Rosary Lamp featured in an article about the winners of Hong Kong Lighting Fair Competition.
Featuring Boris Design Studio as one of the most promising design talents in Asia 2013!
The Rosary Lamp featured in a trend report on wood and natural materials in Swedish Interior magazine “Sköna Hem”.
Boris founders Anna and Katarina featured in an interview centering on entrepreneurship in Asia. The article tells the story about how Boris came to be and the joys and hardships of being an entrepreneur and developing a company in a foreign country.
The Rosary Lamp featured in a report on the latest trends simply called "The Latest" as "the sustainable light source that lasts for 15 years".
The Grandma Shades help define "French Elegance" in this style guide in Swedish edition of “Elle Interior”.
Russia likes Boris :)
Featuring the Rosary Lamp as part of coverage of the highlights from the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013.
Both the Rosary Lamp and our Seven Pieces Mirror are featured in this colourful inspiration piece called "At home with a Globetrotter".
The Rosary is right at home in this spread about playfulness and fantasy in “Family & Living”.
The exhibition Young Designers showcased the Scandinavian design stars of tomorrow. In this area, students and young designers who focus on limited-quantity Nordic design presented thier work to the Formex audience. Needless to say that everything in sight can be ordered...
Feature on the Seven Pieces Mirror under “Snap shots".
Interview: In Boris, you do design research, trend catching, interaction and product design… How is the process in your projects?
Interview by Gözde Severoğlu.
Read full article here!
Feature on the Rosary Lamp under “Snap shots".
Bob is one of the more significant korean architecture and interior magazines and they featured Boris in their Milan Highlights for 2012.
It's easy to become "design blind" at the world's biggest design exhibition, I Saloni, and those rushing around to see the blockbuster names run the risk of missing the small gems hidden throughout. One such discovery for us was Boris, a Hong Kong-based company born of Swedish ex-pats trying to live as close to their suppliers and manufacturers as possible...
Feature by Richard Prime.
Read full article here!
Frame introducing us to the world! Interview by Alessandra Tixi.
Frame magazine is one of the leading interior design publications. Since its launch in 1997, the magazine has remained faithful to its mission: putting interior architecture on the map as a creative profession that’s equally important as design and architecture. The magazine is sold in 77 countries and is printed in English, Chinese, Korean and Turkish.
Read full interview here!
DDN Special Issue on Salone del Mobile. Special Feature of 12 young designers exhibiting at Salone Satellite 2012.
Interview with Katarina Ivarsson & Anna Karlsson!
Member presentation in Swedish Chamber of Commerce Magazine “Dragon News”.
Full page presentation of design talents at Salone Satellite 2012.
We got invited to a competition to create airport seating for the future. With the amount of time we spend in airports we quickly had an idea of what we wanted to create. The result was featured in the June 2011 issue of Passenger Terminal World magazine (UK).
As travellers waiting on an airport we form clusters like driftwood. Seating areas becomes islands of interaction as we briefly meet then drift away to our different destinations. With this metaphor as a base we created these islands for resting and contemplation as time and fellow travelers drift by.