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By Melissa Dalton
With pieces that are durable, transformable, and affordable, there's no doubt Tom Dixon has turned upholstery design upside down with his innovative collaboration with IKEA.

Tom Dixon's career path has been a series of creative evolutions. At its start, he dropped out of art school, played bass in a band that opened for the Clash, taught himself how to weld and set up a "creative think tank and storefront" in London in the mid 1980s, all while becoming known as "the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture." 

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This shows how the basic platform of the DELAKTIG can be elevated into a couch and side chair with accent lighting, thanks to the add-on components.

This shows how the basic platform of the DELAKTIG can be elevated into a couch and side chair with accent lighting, thanks to the add-on components.

Next came his iconic 'S Chair' design, which has since been included in permanent museum collections and is still being produced today. 

Now, the latest offering from the industrial design connoisseur is through a collaboration with IKEA called DELAKTIG, the Swedish word for 'involvement.' Serving as an open-source "platform for living," the products featured  have been designed so that consumers can embark on their own creative solutions for the everyday. 

The detachable BOOM light takes its inspiration from machinist lamps and back panels made of polished and anodised aluminum provide back support.

The detachable BOOM light takes its inspiration from machinist lamps and back panels made of polished and anodised aluminum provide back support.

The DELAKTIG starts as a single bed fashioned from a durable aluminum frame that can quickly be transformed into a cozy couch, armchair, or chaise. Consumers are encouraged to "do their own thing" with the furniture to make each piece work best for them and their needs. 

Above is a peek of how the lamp can quickly become attached.

Above is a peek of how the lamp can quickly become attached.

Additional products in the collaboration include a heavy-weight task lamp, a scalloped magazine rack and a side table.

The furniture also comes with a sleek, scalloped magazine rack.

The furniture also comes with a sleek, scalloped magazine rack.

During the design process for DELAKTIG, Dixon and IKEA drew inspiration from workshops conducted with students at illustrious art schools to see how the basic platform could be evolved. 

According to The New York Times, the students' resulting designs were diverse and included everything from a foosball table to a protective shelter in case of natural disaster.

The side table can be used "as a cocktail tray on a chaise lounge, a bed-side table on the humble single bed, or a convenient resting spot aside a sofa for your mobile apparatus," writes the brand.

The side table can be used "as a cocktail tray on a chaise lounge, a bed-side table on the humble single bed, or a convenient resting spot aside a sofa for your mobile apparatus," writes the brand.

The collection will officially hit stores across Europe in February, with the release in the USA coming later in the year. Prices for the furniture will start around $400, and pieces will be available in a wide range of colors, including light gray, dark gray, and dark blue.

Three luxe covers, fabricated by Bemz, are also available.

Three luxe covers, fabricated by Bemz, are also available.