IKEA and the LEGO Group Collaborate to Enable More Play and Creativity

LEGO IKEA Collaboration June 2018

Believing that play makes the world a better place, the IKEA and LEGO collaboration aims to make the whole home a better functioning and more fun place

Research by the LEGO Group has found that play is key to development, and it is an essential part of a better everyday life. Play is so many different things, for so many different people.

In the everyday life there are different barriers for play. Some of the barriers are more evident for grown-ups. One being that grown-ups think that playing can be messy. Other barriers are more evident to children – like grown-ups trying to create order in the play environment, where children, in fact, enjoy and often immerse themselves in the midst of it all.

“It started with an invitation from the LEGO Group “Do you want to play?”. Of course, we said yes to this and together we now want to enable more play by triggering play in the functionality of the everyday life.

“At IKEA we first and foremost want to resolve this built in or maybe just perceived conflict that play is messy in a creative, humanistic and playful way. Because we believe more play makes the home and the world a better place”, said Fredrika Inger, Business Area Manager for Children’s IKEA, at IKEA of Sweden.

In the IKEA Play Report, IKEA asked children what they want and 47% of them said that they want more playtime with their parents. At the same time, 90% of the asked parents believe play is essential to wellbeing and happiness, building on to the belief that play is important.

In an upcoming study on play made by the brand, 95% of parents responded that play is fundamental to their child’s development and that playing with LEGO bricks helps their children to be creative.

The collaboration aims to increase the opportunity for playing more. First out is to try to make the whole home a better functioning and more fun place.

“In the LEGO Group our mission has always been to inspire and develop children through play, and there is an exciting and fun challenge in finding a solution that can encourage more creative play whilst at the same time pleasing parent’s interest in household look and feel to enable children and their parents to play together.

“We know that creativity is a critical skill needed for the future, but we also know that tinkering, experimenting, being creative and trying out new things can be messy. In our collaboration with IKEA we, therefore, wish to deal with the challenge that some parents might have with the – wonderful – mess that play creates”, said Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President, Product Development at the LEGO Group.

“Bringing people together over play and enable more play are things that are key for both us and the Group based on our respective visions, missions and values. That is why we want to explore what can happen when we work together, trying to get more of the many people to say yes to play”, added Fredrika Inger, Business Area Manager for Children’s IKEA, at IKEA of Sweden.

In the next couple of years the first outcome of the collaboration will reach customers in IKEA stores.

LEGO was a four-time winner of the World Branding Awards in the Toys category.