CEO & Creative Director
Marcus Engman was born and raised in Sweden, and he started working part-time at the IKEA store during weekends and summer breaks in high school. He has held roles like communications and interior design manager in several IKEA stores in Sweden, global range strategist and marketing manager (retail) for IKEA Sweden. Engman worked at IKEA for 12 years before founding his own retail agency Kollo in 2000 who worked with clients such as Vodafone, Orange, ICA Ahold, SAS, Apoteket, Systembolaget and, of course, IKEA.
In 2012, he returned to IKEA as head of design, where he spearheaded the change for a more collaborative and transparent way of working with design. Engman and his team have won numerous design awards all over the world and in 2018 he was voted to be one of the top 50 Creative Leaders of the world. In October 2018, Engman formed Skewed, a creative collective, exploring and exploiting the possibilities of design driven through curiosity paired up with fearless, open and collaborative communication.
He is part of the jury for Beazley Design Award, Dezeen Design Award, Innovation by Design Award and Young Swedish Design Awards. He thinks great ideas belongs to the people and is a firm believer in Democratic Design!