The furniture mogul IKEA has recently been finding inspiration from London’s fashion designers. Now, together with the menswear designer Kit Neale, they have created SPRIDD, a limited-edition homeware collection exploding with colour.

SPRIDD is part of a new stage in the trend of IKEA collaborations. And we’re familiar with the mixing of artists with homeware brands, or of two fashion labels, but so rarely does menswear translate into furniture design. Last year IKEA collaborated with Antwerp’s Walter Van Beirendonck, this year it was London’s Katie Eary and now Kit Neale. IKEA’s simple structures and aesthetic provides the perfect blank canvas for designers, allowing their creativity to really shine through.

IKEA has let Neale’s wacky illustrations climb all over their classics, like their iconic rice-paper lampshades. But a few new products have been added to this Swedish shop’s inventory, thanks to Neale’s idea of transient homewares. The designer and printmaker wanted to show, “This sense of being free and nomadic. I think today we are so much more mobile in the way we live our lives.”

The collection comprises simple duffle bags for chucking your stuff in while you’re on the go, printed boxes for moving to university with and travel flasks to take on your commute to work, so no matter how far you’re moving the SPRIDD collection will make the journey fun. While the two person camping tents created in the designer’s exclusive prints will ensure you can always find your way home when you’re at a festival. SPRIDD has already launched in Australia to great acclaim. But happy campers here will have to wait until February 2017 for the collection to drop in English stores and in 300 IKEA’s worldwide.

Neale is often celebrated for  putting all of the colours of London into his clothes, and with his furniture it is no different. The energy within the collection and its accompanying campaign manifested itself in the fun animations and a short film. Each print was inspired by youth culture and music: monochrome squiggles create optical illusions to match with the messy rock music; Technicolour, graffiti-like prints with scattered punctuation marks derive from 1980s hip-hop culture; psychedelic fish float in midair; and playful drawings of eyes, noses and mouths dance to disco beats. Neale shows that you can put the fun of fashion straight into furniture.

Text by Abigail Southan