The IKEA pencil is a product known, loved and stolen all over the world. Instead of ending up in your IKEA drawer, some 6971 IKEA pencils should share a completely different fate, arranged in an artwork by German artist Florian Alexander Fuchs.
18 layers with a total of 6971 IKEA pencils, arranged in a chaos-like pattern create a strong structure that is ready to sit on. Approximately 7 liters of wood glue and countless hours of work were necessary to form the structure. Hexagon steel bars, resembling the shape of a pencil used on the chair’s frame carry the pencil theme on throughout the entire chair.
The red painted pencil that peaks through the seating surface and the order of the other layers, called the Störenfried (german for troublemaker), makes the user question the seating comfort in this chair and gives the project its name.
Störenfried got among the best 10 entries in IKEA’s 2013 design competition „Platz für Ideen”, organized by the IKEA Stiftung Deutschland. Prize is a design workshop at the ingvar kamprad design center in lund, sweden. click here for more info about the ikea design competition.
The Störenfried IKEA pencil chair is featured in the book „Réinventer IKEA” by Editions Hoëbeke – Paris, France.
link to book info edition hoëbeke, paris
Süddeutsche Zeitung SZ: Kunst aus IKEA Stiften link to SZ article
Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reports about the IKEA design competition award presentation at Bauhaus, Dessau link to MZ article