Short List
Product/ServiceIKEA NORWAY
Category A02. Applied Innovation
Entrant SMFB Oslo, NORWAY
Idea Creation SMFB Oslo, NORWAY
Media Placement MEDIACOM Oslo, NORWAY
Production 3 SNØHETTA Oslo, NORWAY
Additional Company IKEA NORWAY Billingstad, NORWAY
Additional Company 2 JCP COMMUNICATION AS Oslo, NORWAY
Name Company Position
Pia Ølstad SMFB Creative
Linus Hjellström SMFB Creative
Hans Magne Ekre SMFB Creative
Alexander Gjersøe SMFB Creative
Kristian Kristiansen SMFB CEO
Silje Tobiassen SMFB Account manager
Mari Engen SMFB Account manager
Anne Karin Aanerud SMFB Account manager
Ine Anett Ask SMFB Designer
Daniel Blaker SMFB Designer
Nils Hausken SMFB Designer
Hanne Danielsen SMFB Content manager
Eivind Roar Pedersen SMFB Motion Designer
Mille Windfeldt Snøhetta Designer
Kim Andre Fosslien Ottesen Snøhetta Designer
Martin Gran Snøhetta Managing Director
Pia Falk Lind Snøhetta Account manager
Kjersti Kristiansen SMFB Project manager
Marius Myking Snøhetta Director of product design
Julie Aars Snøhetta Architect
Carl-Andreas Aspelund Snøhetta architect
Tobias Lien IKEA Norway Marketing manager
Tonje Skjetne Bjørnerem IKEA Norway Marketing project manager
Anja Karina Fjellmann IKEA Norway Marketing project manager
Sara Larsdotter Bendiksen IKEA Norway Client
Anniken Sletten JCP Nordic Account Director
Simen Torkehagen JCP Nordic Project manager
Stine Odland IKEA Norway Senior communication advisor
Cathrine Boije IKEA Norway Marketing manager

Why is this work relevant for Innovation?

IKEA's vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people – for example by giving everyone access to great design at a low price. So when IKEA Norway contacted world famous Norwegian architect firm Snøhetta, to do a co-lab – it was a given that the end product would be attainable for the many. Together, the brands have come up with a brand new way of building – inspired by IKEA's own flatpack solutions and materials. It can be used to build rooms in different shapes and sizes, from different material, adjustable for any need and economy.


Snøhetta is famous worldwide, but especially in it's native Norway. Their buildings are the dream for many Norwegians, but unattainable for almost everyone. The challenge was to combine the IKEA way of thinking about sustainability, accessibility and affordability, with Snøhetta's high end design and architecture. To make a building that anyone could use, it was important that is was scalable in size, but also that the one we built as an example could be placed without having to apply for a building permit. Giving us a limitation of 50 square meters and 3 meters tall. The drawings for the building concept needed to be free for anyone to use, thus making it for the many not for the few. And the price tag scalable just like the size of the building. Also, the ability to choose different materials to bring the price up or down.

Describe the idea

In 2018, IKEA wanted Norwegians to think new when decorating their living room. By inspiring them to use their lives and interests as a starting point, IKEA aimed to challenge the traditional living room that has a TV and sofa in center. But, we found it hard to think new in a room that's already full of old furniture. So what if we could give Norwegians a blanc canvas, a room with nothing in it? This inspired us to contact Snøhetta architects to do a co-lab and create a brand new room, that you could adjust to fit your life, needs and interests.

What were the key dates in the development process?

May 2018: Idea presented August 2017: Snøhetta on board with the project Desember 2017: Workshop between IKEA and Snøhetta January-May 2018: Concept development June 2018: Study trip for all parties to IKEAs headquarter of design in Älmhult, Sweden. Talking with Marcus Engman, head of design. Researching IKEAs materials and assembling techniques. June 2018: Visiting IKEA's creative hub SPACE10 in Copenhagen for talks about sustainability and future living. June 2018: The model of STUA ready. July 2018: Norwegians can enter the competition to win a STUA September 2018: A full size STUA built for the first time at a public IKEA event in Oslo October 2018: The winner receives STUA October 2018: The open source drawings are public

Describe the innovation/technology

The simple, but sophisticated design of STUA is inspired by IKEA's flatpack furniture. Every component of the construction is easy to handle, making the assembly effortless, and is precisely designed to fit the structure as a whole. For a complete overview of the construction details, see the downloadable PDF and also the animation explaining the building system. STUA has been built and proven successful in it's construction, thus the architect drawings are made available to the public.

Describe the expectations/outcome

STUA has been something IKEA has been able to talk about in their communication for nearly a year; announcing the co-lab, having people sign up to win, sharing the process online, showing the building as the main attraction at IKEA's yearly event in Oslo, giving it away to one lucky winner and sharing the drawings with the many. For IKEA and Snøhetta, it has also been a way of branching out and getting contact within other fields of design than their own. Creating bonds that might result in other projects. The process of entering the competition to win STUA, was basically a visual online survey trying to find out what Norwegians wants and needs from their living room. Almost 30.000 applicants answered all questions and applied to win, giving IKEA loads of new insight. Last but not least, proving that great architecture also can be achievable for the many.