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Published on February 16th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Lack 2.0

Materials: F18 PU, Silicone Rubber

Description: The Ikea Lack table is a symbol of mass production.
It is cheap, efficient and easy to transport.
Because of the success of the table it has become unpersonal.

Masha Willemsen and Wil van Twuijver re-designed this symbol.
By using a different technique we created a concept in which the table would have a different outcome every time it is produced.

By making flexible molds of the original Lack table, and putting F18 in it, we were able to knead and stretch the shape of the table.
Resulting in a unique and personal piece of furniture.

See more of the Lack 2.0.

~ Wil van Twuijver, Masha Willemsen, Rotterdam

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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".

18 Responses to Lack 2.0

  1. A says:

    I think it’s amazing! Well done.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I really like the inspiration for the project, and true the table series is lackluster ( hence it’s name) but this is hideous. It looks like it barely survived a house fire. Who would really want this in their living room?

    I think the absence of personality in Ikea furniture such as this table is what makes it so popular/versatile for the user’s creativity. This, ugghhhh.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looks like cheap lawn furniture that was in a fire… not a hack, inspired maybe, but a play off the original with more function would be better

  4. David says:

    Not a hack, this is a piece of art but not a piece of functional furniture.
    Nice concept but wrong website.

  5. Polymira says:

    I’m going to be honest when I say this looks as if a plastic version of the lack table after a house fire.

    To each their own, would like to see a photo of it in use in the house to get a better opinion.

  6. Anonymous says:

    it’s quite a cheap answer/solution when it is to be considered as art. when not, ok, then it is just ugly (indeed, Lack from the Trash) There are million solutions to shape your idea and this is not well thought.

  7. Nat says:

    I agree with Anonymous #1; it looks like it came from the trash.

    But, this made me realize that the simple use we make of our mass-produced objects is yet another way of individualising them. A Lack coffee table that has been used by a growing family for many years, and acquired its own distinct pattern of dings, stains, marks and wobble, is no less individual and unique than the Lack 2.0 featured in this post.

    The mass-produced object (Lack 1.0) is the raw material for the slow production of the finished artisan object – the transformational technique is simply the years of use. Through use, the table is transformed by its users from a mass-produced artefact into a one-of-a-kind, intensely personal object. Surely this is no less valid a personalization than casting the table badly in rubber.

    So, to make the same point, they could have just fished a wobbly Lack from the trash.

  8. tra_sh says:

    this is a very good idea, so much better than the original

    we need more individualistic pieces, so anyone who comes in to your appartement don’t have the idea to stand in an ikea store

  9. jo says:

    @anonymous feb 16th 0840.
    i don’t know whether you were trying to be funny or ironical or what, but i feel like the one on the left in the last picture is the original ikea, no hack done….

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  11. Hey, this is one cool looking piece of furniture! I like how its modern and edgy, yet still very basic in terms of shape. And it’s easy to transport, which is what I love best!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wow, nice! I like the one on the left (last picture).

  13. icerabbit says:

    I feel sick looking at it …

    Sorry, I’d vote this as the worst “ikea hack” ever … and it is beyond me why it was posted.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, but that looks absolutely awful.

  15. WF says:

    This is not a IKEA hack, but I like it.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is not a hack.

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