This Thursday, August 12, IKEA will be unveiling their SURREALISTIKA kitchen sculpture, a piece created by home furnishings experts IKEA that celebrates creativity in design. The sculpture will take center stage as part of The Surreal House exhibition at the Barbican, London.

Bringing fantasy and imagination to life, the sculpture incorporates the natural beauty of the Silver Birch tree intertwined with elements of an everyday kitchen. It depicts a surreal vision of the future when environmental concerns will be ever more at the core of kitchen design.

The Silver Birch was chosen because it has always been a source of inspiration for Swedish designers and artists, including Carl Larsson who in 1896 famously painted “Breakfast under the Big Birch.” It is also a wood believed to have mystical qualities of its own, protecting people against evil spirits as well as symbolizing love and fertility.

IKEA is the lead sponsor of the Barbican Centre’s Surreal House exhibition. On Thursday 12th, August IKEA is also hosting a debate on the future of kitchens, which will discuss the findings of an independent Future Kitchens Report, recently commissioned by IKEA and prepared by the Future Laboratory.

The kitchen sculpture will be on display in the Barbican Centre’s Sculpture Court through August 22, 2010.