With their radical ideas about children’s place in the home and their bold mixture of styles, Karin and Carl Larsson changed the way we live and socialise in our homes. In the Home Rebels exhibition, we show how they have influenced our everyday and ask ourselves: what would their house have looked like if they’d been alive today?
29 November 2018–24 February 2019
Karin and Carl Larsson created the picture we know of domestic life in the Swedish countryside. But to their contemporaries they seemed like radical rebels. The Home Rebels exhibition explains why.
The Home Rebels exhibition is set up as a large ‘all-purpose room’ or family room, where visitors are invited to experience and get to know the Larssons in a whole new way. We also show what their vision of the home as a place for play, learning and togetherness might look like in today’s homes, and tomorrow’s.
In Karin and Carl Larsson’s house, everyone was given equal space. Their concept of an ‘all-purpose room’ brought adults and children together to live and play in a harmonious environment. Carl and Karin Larsson’s ideas about family life have also been an important source of inspiration for us at IKEA over the years.
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. Their unconventional ideal is now a part of our everyday life. Parts of the Home Rebels lives on and can now be seen at the café at Huseby Bruk outside Växjö.