A tribute to Karin and Carl Larsson’s playful view of life at home.
What do you think of when you hear the names Karin and Carl Larsson? A sumptuous Christmas buffet, with adults and children eating together? Or a pair of dishevelled kids who’ve just woken up? Carl Larsson’s much-loved paintings of life at home in Lilla Hyttnäs have come to represent the quintessential idea of family life. But in their day, husband and wife artists Carl and Karin Larsson were introducing something completely radical and innovative. Together they created a playful home where children and adults lived together – in direct contrast to the formal furnishing ideals of the 19th century.
In the HOME REBELS exhibition, we take a closer look at Karin and Carl’s vision of the home as a place for playing, learning and being together. What might this look like today – and tomorrow? The result is a large family room where adults and children can do crafts, socialise and explore together.
Welcoming, beautiful and practical – no wonder, really, that the Larssons’ view of life in the home is such a great source of inspiration for us at IKEA. 2019 marks the hundredth anniversary of Carl Larsson’s death, but his own and his wife Karin’s love of arts and crafts, smart storage and play-friendly furniture is just as relevant today. The HOME REBELS exhibition is our way of paying tribute to the couple’s playful rebellion against old habits and ideals.
The HOME REBELS exhibition is displayed at the IKEA Museum between 29 November 2018 and 24 February 2019.