Editor’s Note: This listing was updated on October 26, 2022.
This prestigious design school has a close relationship with Ikea and, in 2019, the Ikea Foundation donated €33 million towards the creation of Lund University’s Ingvar Kamprad Design Centre. The institution offers two distinct degree programs: one results in a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design (a three-year commitment where competency in Swedish is a must) and the other in a Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. The school endeavours to provide students with both the know-how and the ethos to become successful and thoughtful designers: alongside learning to plan, visualize and implement strategies for developing a range of products, services and systems, students are also encouraged to “become key agents of ethical systemic transformation, contributing to the advancement of long-term sustainable development.”
Lund University student Ellen Hallström’s Remain furniture for disassembly, shown here and top of page.
Recent student work illustrates this level of consciousness: it includes furniture for disassembly, bio-based alternatives to plastic, waterless facial cosmetics, an app that helps consumers fight food waste and a flat-pack architecture system for outdoor living. Students can undertake projects including seminars, workshops and exhibitions – such as group shows during Milan Design Week and the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair – and have access to optional study trips, including to NASA’s Space Center in Houston.
Rae Bei-Han Kuo, Isabelle Olsson (Google Hardware), Mehrdad Mahdjoubi (Orbital Systems), Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin (Hövding)