Birmingham student gives iconic IKEA chair funky makeover


Birmingham student gives iconic IKEA chair funky makeover

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One of IKEA’s best selling products, the POANG chair has a stunning new cover design created by a final year textile student at Birmingham City University.

Nader Nazari produced the design as part of the University’s annual Trends Project, set up in partnership with the Swedish furniture giant, in a bid to forge close local relationships in the city.

IKEA donated a POANG chair for Textile Design students to create an original cover for using this year’s theme ‘GRACE’ and it was Nazari’s level of workmanship that impressed University academics and IKEA’s design team most.

The design was made up and is now on display in IKEA’s Birmingham Central store.

Dawn Lloyd, Unit Manager at IKEA Birmingham Central said:

 “Nader is the first student we have had the pleasure to work with and we are incredibly humbled by the level of workmanship he has displayed in this project, designing a wonderful textiles solution for one of IKEA’s iconic and much-loved products – the POÄNG chair. 

"We wish Nader the very best of luck with his career and look forward to being inspired working with future students.”

 Born and raised in Afghanistan before moving to Birmingham in 2008, Nader’s design for the POÄNG chair takes inspiration from his passion for the natural world, coupled with the ‘GRACE’ theme.


Kate Laven


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