The IKEA Catalogue: Design Fiction in Academic and Industrial Collaborations

Barry Brown, Julian Bleecker, Marco D'Adamo, Pedro Ferreira, Joachim Formo, Mareike Glöss, Maria Holm, Kristina Höök, Eva-Carin Banka Johnson, Emil Kaburuan, Anna Karlsson, Elsa Vaara, Jarmo Laaksolahti, Airi Lampinen, Lucian Leahu, Vincent Lewandowski, Donald McMillan, Anders Mellbratt, Johanna Mercurio, Cristian NorlinNicolas Nova, Stefania Pizza, Asreen Rostami, Mårten Sundquist, Konrad Tollmar, Vasiliki Tsaknaki, Jinyi Wang, Charles Windlin, Mikael Ydholm

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This paper is an introduction to the "Future IKEA Catalogue", enclosed here as an example of a design fiction produced from a long standing industrial-academic collaboration. We introduce the catalogue here by discussing some of our experiences using design fiction` with companies and public sector bodies, giving some background to the catalogue and the collaboration which produced it. We have found design fiction to be a useful tool to support collaboration with industrial partners in research projects - it provides a way of thinking and talking about present day concepts, and present day constraints, without being overly concerned with contemporary challenges, or the requirements of academic validation. In particular, there are two main aspects of this we will discuss here, aspects that are visible in the enclosed catalogue itself. The first is the potential of design fiction as a sort of 'boundary object' in industry and academic collaboration, and second the role of critique. After this introduction to the paper we enclose the output of our collaboration in the form of the catalogue itself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Supporting Group Work
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2016
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4276-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Design Fiction
  • Industrial-Academic Collaboration
  • Future IKEA Catalogue
  • Boundary Object
  • Critique


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