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Design & Manufacture Ikea Visit

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On Tuesday 22nd September students studying Design and students had the opportunity to visit Ikea in Edinburgh to gain an insight in to commercial mass manufacture and design with a leading competitor in the world of furniture.

Pupils studying National 4/5 and Higher Design and Manufacture were given the chance to take part in this visit.  On arrival at Ikea pupils were shown a presentation about Ikea’s three main principles:

  • A more sustainable life at home
  • Recourse and energy independence
  • A better life for people and communities

This allowed pupils to look at design in a new way, how products can be redesigned to make them more economic in terms of both money and space but still look appealing and attractive. Ikea tries to utilise material in the most effective and sustainable way to ensure little waste is created, through the use of new manufacturing techniques i.e. board on frame.  They were also challenged to look at different materials choices for products i.e. bamboo, coconut shell and sea grass to find more sustainable materials that help both the environment but also they community in which they are manufactured.

I would like to thank Sophie Rogers from Ikea Edinburgh for assisting in the organisation of this event as part of their sustainability and the community project.

Pupils on trip:  Kyle Mackinnon 4L1, Aidan Macintosh 4K2, Callum Mead 4K2, Serena Soffe 4K1, Mark Williamson 4K2, Naomi Cameron 5K2, Lewis Hilditch 5K2, Alice Lee 5S1, Scott Manson 5L2, Rhys Smith 5L2, Lucy Duff 6L1, Ben Maclellan 6L1, Liam Macrae 6K1, Ross Oag 6K1 5.

Miss Lindsay Ross, Technical Education Department

Higher Product Design IKEA Visit

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

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On Thursday this week the Higher Product Design Class, accompanied by Mrs Gordon and Mr Seymour, visited IKEA in Edinburgh. Ross MacKay (5T2) wrote about the visit.

We left the school at 7 o’clock, and began our long journey down to Ikea in Edinburgh. Half way down we stopped at Balliluig for breakfast where we were got a chance to stretch our legs and refuel for the rest of the journey

Four hours after we departed, we arrived at Ikea and were shown to a room – which had been recently decorated – in the back of the shop. We discussed our course for a while were then split into two groups and taken round the shop floor.  We were shown some of their new projects, how they were designed, the costs, their target markets etc. We were also shown around the back of the store and the logistics of delivering products to the shop as well as their recycling methods. We were also introduced to some members of their workforce and told a little bit about their jobs, it was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes.

Once we had covered everything we went back to the first room, where we met the others and headed to the restaurant for lunch.  After months of hearing Mr Seymour rant and rave about Ikea’s famous meatballs, we got to try them. The overall verdict was that he massively overrated them.

After lunch we went back to the room where we filled out a sheet to more or less see if we remembered what was said on our tour of the shop. We were ready to leave to go explore the shop on our own, when Mr Seymour stepped back into a large frame which had recently been put in the room.  It fell, shattered on the floor leaving everyone in hysterics, a part from Mr Seymour of course, who was mortified! Definitely the highlight of the day.

Once we settled down we thanked the people for our tour and headed out to the shop where we had 45 minutes free time to have a look around. We headed back around 3. Approaching Perth we heard that the A9 was shut, so Mr Seymour took us on a back road, which was rather winding and bumpy road, it left a couple of us feeling a bit uneasy. However, we arrived back in Inverness after a very long day at 7:45.

Ross MacKay, 5T2

Ross MacKay, 5T2

Higher Product Design IKEA Trip

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

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After leaving the school car park at 7am in the morning, being fully awakened by Mr Seymour’s Kylie CD blaring throughout the minibus (which most of us tried to counteract with our own earphones…), we finally set forth on our Higher Product Design trip down to IKEA in Edinburgh.

The 3 ½ hour drive went by fairly quickly, between short kips on the seats or admiring the foggy views, and taking a short stop at the Ballinluig Motorcafé for breakfast, Mr Seymour battled through police diversions to reach the bacon rolls.

Finally, we reached IKEA and joined Sales Manager Liz for a tour of the premises and to catch a glimpse of the vast operation behind and front of store, to the journey that is the design process which every product must gruellingly go through just to reach the shelves. She explained the policies and principles of IKEA and how they reach each consumer with clever target marketing strategies.

We met some of the back stage stars of the company- the designers, joiners and electricians working away in their respective workshops. We were then allowed to wander the store as a consumer and singled out some of the products that we thought were designed to get the most out of their intriguing simplicity. It was interesting to see how many products incorporated the iconic IKEA flat- pack design used to minimise space and storage: pots dismantled and placed inside one another; boxes folded down to the size of a mere magazine; and vases and watering cans stacked so that 5 or so would easily take up the space where only one would before. Simplicity – which we found often rivalled complexity where aesthetics were concerned – and the capability and benefits of the flat packing, were probably what made IKEA into the renowned company it is today, along with the dedication of the staff (both here and in factories abroad) and the layout of the store that maximised the use of the floor space (which also left us lost half the time…)

The IKEA trip was a truly unique educational insight into the working of how such a successful global product design and manufacturing company manages to get that all important balance of purpose and aesthetic flare just spot on.

Rachel McCoach, 5T2

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