Marcus Engman has spent six years transforming IKEA from a flat-pack retailer into the world’s most influential design brand. In the first interview since announcing his departure, he explains his approach and reveals what’s next for the company.

Engman announced last week that he will leave his role as head of design at IKEA at the end of September, to set up a new design consultancy.

Since he joined the company in 2012, it has collaborated with industry-leading furniture and textile designers including Ilse CrawfordTom Dixon and Katie Eary, and launched a range of pioneering projects, from the IKEA Festival in Milan to the Space10 innovation lab.