About

About Ikego 

Ikego rebuilds your relationship with objects in a sustainable and fun way.

The Problem

we tackle

Today most products are made from parts that are

  • hard to produce,
  • single purpose,
  • closed source

making them difficult to repair or reuse.

16 unique parts, if one breaks, all become garbage.
Our Solution

Ikego designs products from parts that are  

  • easy to produce,
  • multi-purpose,
  • open source

Wait. Multipurpose? Yes! Ikego basically works like LEGO® bricks, only for the real world. Our parts work in different solutions, enabling endless reuse, upgrade and repair.

“Trash means something doesn’t have enough information to tell you how to reuse it. There is no trash in a LEGO room (…) one of the things coming is eliminating technical trash through reuse of the building blocks.”

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Neil Gershenfeld (MIT, Center for bits and atoms), source

How it works

in business

“Like a decentralized collaborative IKEA, built by many.”

Ikego builds a community of users, creators and sellers. 

Customers

Buy products off the shelf or as local make.

Designers

Invent and share new models and parts, and build a business around it. Start here

Sellers

Manufacturers large and small can produce and sell Ikego products. Learn more

Makers

Ikego models are deliberately designed to be easy to make yourself, if you enjoy that.

The Ikego flow:

Parts

are multipurpose


become

Models

are added potentially by you


become

Products

great models that are manufactured and sold to customers

The system is driven by #OpenInnovation. Everyone can help it grow.

How Is this Sustainable?

 According to the 9-R-framework a circular economy is recognised by 9 sustainable key practices. Ikego enables all of them:

Refuse Why buy new products when you can turn what you already have into what you need right now. Ikego educates people to find other solutions to buying new stuff. Hack your home. 

Rethink Ikego rethinks how the world of designing, manufacturing, selling, using and disposing products works. It reinvents the relationship we have with our built environment. 

Reduce If you can reuse what you have you can buy and produce less. If parts are universal we might need less factories to make them.

Reuse Reuse is the core of Ikego. The reusability makes Ikego products interesting for second hand markets. Maybe you buy the chair not because you need the chair but the parts in it. 

Repair  Parts are open (everyone can make them), easy to produce (usually with common tools) and available in high quantities because they come in many different products. How to make repair even easier? 

Refurbish Ikego products are easy to dismantle. Individual parts can be cleaned and put together to new things – industrial level. Universal parts have shorter shelf-live. Many opportunities are calling. 

Repurpose This is the core of Ikego. Creative reuse. Hack along! This is the power of the system. 

Recycle Ikego products are easy to dismantle. You can separate the parts and therefore materials easier. Most parts can be made from recycling friendly materials (mono material). The tolerance rule of Ikego design makes it easy to use locally recycled materials for Ikego designs. 

Recover Sure. You can burn it. After you sorted it. But why should you? There are so many things you can do with these products and parts! Business is waiting.

Ikego is an example of Open Circular Design

image by Mifactori, CC-BY 4.0

Who is Ikego?

This project has long been in the making. It builds on previous experiments and insights. We know what we do. 2022 an equity free startup incubator gave us the opportunity to start building it. Now it is here, and it is here to stay. Let’s build upon together. We are…

The project is currently pushed by

Lars Zimmermann, a Berlin based designer, educator and sustainability advocate →info
Max Cuppens, a US based designer and sustainable design enthusiast →info
+ Potentially you? We will grow this project in response to the opportunities we find for it. This includes new partners to build it with us. Is this you? → Reach out to us.

“Potentially you?” Yes! We are looking for co-builders. Reach out. 

Let’s build a community that contributes solutions to a sustainable future on this planet and gives us cool, creative, easy to hack and fun products : – ) 

Questions?

Email us to: question@ikego.world

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