IKEA's Democratic Design

Akanksha Deo Sharma

IKEA's Democratic Design

Akanksha Deo Sharma




5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Dubai Time | Thu, Feb 11

5 hours


About Speaker

Akanksha Deo Sharma



Akanksha Deo, a master of textiles and crafts was listed in Forbes India 30 under 30 in 2020 for the category design. She is currently the only IKEA in-house designer based in India. Her work has been featured in Dezeen, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor India, and Vogue India amongst others. The most recent collection she worked on with fellow designers at IKEA, Förändring won an Elle Decor India Award.

Through her design, Akanksha strives to strike a balance between handicraft and mass production, while exploring the understanding of the concept of ‘home’ across different genres and cultures. Her personal projects include collaborations with various indian fashion brands, a group exhibition in Norway, titled AOTANOTA, and most recently, a collaboration with Levi’s to create a pair of customized denims, with ‘kantha’ embroidery and indigo dye.

A seasoned speaker at international festivals, Akanksha will join -ing Creative Festival 2020 to take you through the different stages of a design process and help you define and work towards a purpose within any brief. This multi-award winning designer will illustrate with examples from her most outstanding design briefs how to turn problems into innovative opportunities. Don’t sleep on this unique chance to hear from one of the most exciting young designers in the industry today.

About Online Workshop

The workshop will introduce the participants to the concept of Democratic Design Principles that forms the backbone of everything that we do and design at IKEA. It will encourage the participant to think and design in a way that meets all the five principles of Democratic Design: form, function, price, quality and sustainability. 

The workshop will be divided into 4 teams that will study for 4 different user profiles and their needs with respect to a particular given space within the home. The teams will rotate, to discuss and pin down their observations pertaining to each family’s needs, activities and improvements in that room, thereby building on the other teams’ findings. 

They will further be allotted one family profile which they will investigate and design a product/system or a concept to improve their life and how they live by the means of using Democratic Design principles. This will be executed by means of a visual software collaboration tool: Miro, optional draft paper prototypes, sketches, text, post-its and photos which will further map the complete ideation process from scratch on the pinboard. 

The teams will be asked to present their concepts, get feedback and have an open discussion with the other teams as the concluding part of the workshop.

Key Takeaways

  • Get inspired by IKEA’s democratic design principles 
  • Break routines and introduce new workflow practices
  • Learn to collaborate with other creatives and build upon their ideas
  • Learn to use design as a tool to improve people’s lives
  • Learn to design home furnishing with the evolving behaviour and needs of customers in mind

How to Join

This session will be carried out using a Zoom video call.

Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.

What is provided

  • Recorded live session

What to prepare

  • Sign up for Miro tool (https://miro.com/) and get familiar with it. (Intro to the tool will also be given in the beginning of the workshop).
  • Basic stationary items like pen, pencil, paper, corrugated sheet, glue, scissor, color, ruler for optional prototyping and sketching.
  • Phone to take photos of sketches and prototypes and transfer to Miro.

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