Ola Wihlborg Swedish industrial and product designer

Ola Wihlborg iKea
Ola Wihlborg iKea

Ola Wihlborg is an industrial and product designer from Sweden.

He took his first steps towards his career as a designer at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden, where he studied furniture and product design. After graduating in 2004, he began working as a freelance designer.

“My motivation in the design process is to give people an experience that is out of the ordinary by combining function and aesthetics in a way that surprise.

Ola Wihlborg

He runs his studio at Ă„lmhult, southern Sweden. He works with a number of clients all over the world. He designs everything from furniture and lighting to decorative products and kitchen utensils.

Creations for iKea

KIVIK Three-seat sofa, Hillared anthracite – IKEA

KIVIK Three-seat sofa, Hillared anthracite. Cuddle up in the soft comfort of KIVIK sofa. The generous size, low armrests and memory foam that adapts to the contours of your body invites to many hours of naps, socialising and relaxation.

KIVIK 3-seat sofa, with chaise longue/Orrsta light grey – IKEA

KIVIK 3-seat sofa, with chaise longue/Orrsta light grey. Cuddle up in the soft comfort of KIVIK sofa. The generous size, low armrests and memory foam that adapts to the contours of your body invites to many hours of naps, socialising and relaxation.

PLATSA Open shelving unit, white – Add to cart – IKEA

PLATSA Open shelving unit, white. Open shelving for many purposes – as a bookshelf, clothes storage or why not as a display case for your favourite things. Use it on its own or combined with other parts in the PLATSA series. Explore the full product details here

Get this season’s look and feel with velvet

Centuries ago, velvet was produced as a high-end fabric using silk fibres. Now, you don’t need royal status to own it. The cotton-velvet blend that IKEA uses is more affordable (and sustainable), so it’s easier than ever to collect small pieces, such as cushions, and update furniture you already have.

Sources

OLA WIHLBORG. https://www.olawihlborg.se/about.

Additional Reading

Brantmark, N. (2017). Lagom: (not too little, not too much): The Swedish art of living a balanced, happy life. Harper Design.

Brunnström, L. (2019). Swedish design: A history. Bloomsbury Visual Arts.

Colletti, J. (2017). Swedish modern: A colouring book of magical interiors: Estrid Ericson, Josef Frank & Svenskt Tenn. Thames & Hudson.

Edwards, D. (2010). Design basics for Swedish folk art vol 1. Createspace.

Eleish, R., & Bernhard, V. B. E. (2013). Reflections on Swedish interiors. Gibbs Smith.

Murphy, K. M. (2015). Swedish design: An ethnography. Cornell University Press.

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