Can’t work out those diagrammatic assembly instructions that come with your IKEA flat-packed product (let alone lay your hands on an Allen key)? Young, London-based designer Kenyon Yeh, who studied in Taiwan before completing a master’s in product design at London’s Kingston University, has created a collection of furniture pieces called ‘UNIKEA’ that introduce difference into sameness by deliberately going off-piste in construction terms.
Using standard IKEA flat-packed furniture, Yeh subverts their prescribed design by choosing to build them in a way that’s different from the one intended. What’s more, he incorporates wholly ‘alien’ elements, such as an expressive old chair leg, recast in resin. The result is whimsical, yet attractive, and serves to function, beyond its practical use, as a comment on mass-production and mass-consumption.