Ikea and Mother Wants You to Unwind Your Mind

Integrated campaign highlights the benefits of play on wellbeing for people of all ages

By Creative Salon

IKEA has today announced the launch of a new integrated campaign which highlights the positive impact play has on people’s wellbeing, encouraging creativity and boosting mood.

A known escape for children, it’s often forgotten that adults can, and need, play too. With no age limitations, it provides a break from the mundane reality of everyday life, helping to turn stress into serenity and helping the mind unwind.

Launching across the UK and Ireland from 18th April, the campaign will be led by a new TVC which will appear on television and in cinema, as well as featuring on radio, a selection of podcasts and digital media. In-store activities will support in bringing the campaign to life across the UK.

The TVC opens on a family in their kitchen. Whilst a young girl draws, her mum (Jasmine) is busily working from home on a grey and rainy day. Surrounded by half drunk coffees, reminders, and an overwhelming amount of phone messages, she shows visible signs of stress when her boss begins video calling.

Irritated by her boyfriend who has turned their RÖNNINGE dining table into a ping pong court and has hit her with a ball, she decides to take a break and join in the game. The more she embraces play, the more she becomes carefree and relaxed. With each hit of the ball, the table grows longer and longer, pushing her further away from the kitchen and her opponent until she is unable to see them.

Jasmine closes her eyes and gravitates in the air in a meditative state, opening them to reveal a tunnel of PLUFSIG mats stretched out in front of her. She runs, twirling and jumping, while flashes of colour and light from the LEDBERG lights illuminate the mats. A robot hoover interrupts her flow, which she leaps over and into her daughter’s drawings on the floor. After free falling onto a hopscotch square, she begins completing the game with her family, hopping higher and faster as they reach each new square. She jumps off the final one and lands...on her HEMMAHOS hopscotch mat in her living room, looking brighter, lighter, refreshed.

We cut to see daughter, Dad and Jasmine on the sofa, with the living room now looking much more playful with the LEDBERG lights and HEMMAHOS mat in scene. Jaz closes her laptop and they settle down to watch a movie projected on a hung sheet together, as all three cosy up to watch.

The voiceover proclaims: Let Play Unwind Your Mind. IKEA. The Wonderful Everyday.

The integrated campaign will be amplified with paid social content across Instagram and Facebook. Creatives will portray stressful situations and tips for how to turn stress into serenity.

Kemi Anthony, Marketing Communications Manager at IKEA said:

“We understand the importance of play on our wellbeing. It's not just for kids, but adults too. All too often, life can get on top us and we forget that making time for fun can help. When we think about unwinding or mindfulness, our thoughts usually turn to activities like yoga or meditation. But research shows that the more surprising and arguably, more effective way to achieve these things, could be through play. The host of benefits range from stress relief, to improved relationships and increased creativity.

It's why we believe, the more you play the better you feel and this is at the core of our new campaign, ‘Let Play Unwind Your Mind’. We want to encourage as many people as possible to discover the benefits of play and see for themselves how it can help to improve everyday life at home.”

In-store activities will further support the campaign launch with bookable events across the UK. Various elements of play will feature throughout stores to enhance the customer journey, while IKEA Family members will have access to activities and offers. At the core, IKEA’s product range supports play at home, with items that inspire the many while helping to boost wellbeing.


Agency: Mother

Production Company: Iconoclast

Director: Alaska

Iconoclast Managing Director / Executive Producer: Jean Mougin MD/Guy Rolfe EP 

Iconoclast Producer: Molly Pope

Iconoclast Production Manager: Adam Evans

Production Designer: Carol Emiliozi / Fer Guerrero 

Production Service Company: Solent Film

Solent Film MD: Alex Momchev

Solent Film MP: Magdalena Staneva

Solent Film Service Producer: Tania Apostolova

Director of Photography: Pierre de Kerchove

Editing: Paul Hardcastle @ Trim Editing

Music Supervision: Arnold Hattingh / Ottilia Kjulsten @ Theodore Music 

Sound: Sam Ashwell @ 750mph

VFX Company: NASH

VFX Supervisor: Cirilo Bonazzi

Producer: Flávia Gannam

VFX Artist:

Andre Neumann

Alice Villela

Cirilo Bonazzi

Felipe Passarini

Luiz Fernando Tavares Alves

Rafael Jimenez

Renata Prado

3D Lead: Fagmario Rodrigues

3D Artist: 

Caio Sorrentino

François Puren

Gilmar Moraes

Tomás Piccinini

Motion Designer: 

Clara Piochi Campoy

Gustavo Grotti Campoy

Conform: Gabriel Bittencourt

Color Grading: Marla Colour Grading

Colorist: Fernando Lui

Coordinator: Leandro Basso Neto


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