Published on December 11th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


The sustainable heaviness of hacking Ikea

An aspiring freelance designer tries his hand at Ikea with surprising results. Alex’s personal project called “S.p.A. – L’insostenibile pesantezza dell’avere” focuses on recycling and reusing objects made by 2nd (3rd or even 4th) hand material mixed with original Ikea elements.

I am loving his Alvaro stool – inspired by Finnish architect Alvar AaltoAlvar Aalto‘s famous stacking stoolstacking stool and its faithful replica Ikea Frosta. Alex’s version uses the Vika Oleby legs and a salvaged seat.

Alvar Aalto stool

There are more on his site, including a coffee table, lamp stand and chairs. All his designs are under Creative Commons License (3.0 non commercial) which means you can take his ideas for free and recreate them.

A little bit more about S.p.A
Alex explains, “The name “S.p.A.” is an acronym of the Italian sentence “la Sostenibile Pesantezza dell’Avere” which means the exact opposite of the sentence “l’insostenibile leggerezza dell’essere” that is the title of Milan Kundera‘s book “The Unbearable Lightness of BeingThe Unbearable Lightness of Being“. In Italian that makes a funny word-game which – in the end – means “the sustainable heaviness of having.”

Curious enough? Click to visit Alex’s S.p.A project (in Italian) or the Google translated version in English.

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The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

5 Responses to The sustainable heaviness of hacking Ikea

  1. relaxdesign says:

    I’m happy to know you appreciated my SpA Project :) New “Ri-mobili SpA” (re-furnitures) soon to come, stay tuned!

    Alex Spa project

  2. joko says:

    Thanks for the information, it’s very useful and give me new knowledge.
    Please keep to give more information..we need people like you.
    Once more, thank you very much for the posting.

    Joko’s blog : powered by blogger

  3. alyysa says:

    I lost 13 lbs in only two weeks by obeying this one easy rule

  4. H-BES says:

    italians do it better :D


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