Cushion filling in a tube
An expansive experiment
In the 1980s, designer Gillis Lundgren came up with an ingenious idea that would save space and costs when transporting cushions. Working with chemists, IKEA would develop a new type of expanding insulation material that could quickly grow to 35 times its original size. This would enable customers to fill everything from scatter cushions to sofa cushions with soft padding.
It became one of many bold experiments that didn’t succeed in practice, but still perhaps paved the way for other, more feasible, ideas.