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Students turn trash into treasure at IKEA

Middlesex Interior Design students unveil new designs, created from discarded furniture, at IKEA Wembley.

Middlesex University student designers have teamed up with IKEA to transform old furniture into new, cutting-edge pieces.
Interior design students from the University have rummaged through discarded items in the Bargain Corner at IKEA Wembley and turned them into pieces of art or given them a new lease of life as furniture, as part of the store’s Renew, Refresh and Re-imagine project.
Now IKEA Wembley is giving its customers the chance to see these designs in-store, with an unveiling on Friday 4 March.
Second year Design, Interior and Applied Arts student Sarah McCarthy, who created a striking piece from a bed (low-res image attached), said: “I’ve loved every minute of this.  I’ve always loved IKEA and the designs they create and to get the opportunity to design something that goes on their shop floor is really exciting. 
“The timescale on this was very different to our usual projects and I found it really useful to have to make decisions quickly about what I was going to do.  There was certainly a lot of excitement when we first arrived, as we didn’t know what to expect.” 
Course leader Tony Side said: “We want our students to experience a wide variety of working practices during their time at Middlesex University to best prepare them for a successful career in design.  This project pushes them to think on their feet and respond creatively to a brief in a very short timeframe.“
Christina Olsson from the IKEA Wembley store said:  “IKEA is committed to making an overall positive impact on the local community so we were delighted to get involved in this educational project to creatively recycle damaged furniture and support future designers and innovators.
“For a week the students have had the chance to see how we work with recycling in an IKEA store. The students excelled themselves with their creative designs and we will look forward to showcasing them this Friday to our customers.”

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