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Behind the Design Scenes at IKEA
Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Click here for scenes from the event

Click here for audio and a transcription of the teleconference

"Behind the Design Scenes" was a public forum and a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the design process and culture at IKEA. This event featured a presentation on the roles of Sweden and IKEA in the democratization of design; a live video teleconference with top designers Lars Engman and Knut Hagberg; and a tour led by "interpreters," who highlighted the principles that influenced selected IKEA furniture and product designs.

This was an inspiring event for those interested in all aspects of design, by two organizations dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of design as a way to enhance and enrich everyday life. The response from attending students was especially important in understanding how events like this affect the community:

"I look forward to taking advantage of more events like these where we have the opportunity to learn from those in the design field who are successful in their fields of design and who may be able to offer advice on steps to take to be successful in our own careers as designers."
- Elisa York
"The Design Innovation Institute is the only institute of its kind in San Diego that is focussed on integrating design. I think it is very important to have this kind of institute in our community to educate people about design and how it can help [the needs of our] society."
- Arcelia Contreras

Generous support from:

Special Thank You to:

René Hausler
Johnny Andersen
Toni Bañuelos

Lisa Menéndez

Linda Åkesson
Jennifer Anderson
Guusje Bendeler
Greg Hay
Paul Kinsman
Courtney Mayer
Kristy McClosky

Gina Benzien
Ally Estey
Betti Estey
Scott Weidman
Wendy Shapiro
Chris Woo
Jenny Yoshida
Chris McCampbell

SOS Printing
Scott Wyss
Ron Ranson
Greg Thall