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Stockholm by Ikea

With the launch of Ikea Stockholm 2017 Ikea takes a step towards a more sustainable approach on design; the updated Stockholm collection include some interesting pieces. Like the re-launch of Anna Sörenssons handwoven 100% wool rug in orange/white. It was originally presented in the Stockholm 2006 collection as Stockholm Stripe rug and has been a bestseller at Ikea, no doubt beacuse it is well drawn and the quality of wool and weaving is good. The 2017 colour looks more red than orange though… Why? Sörensson (1952–2008) often worked with a strong, clear orange in her now iconic textiles. I’d loved to see her Stripe rug in bright orange!

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Stockholm 2017 Stripe carpet by Anna Sörensson for Ikea (2006), now updated in orange/white and grey/white. Handmade in 100% wool, size 350 x 250 cm. Photo copyright Ikea.

Another fine object in this collection is the rattan cabinet by Nike Karlsson. I spoke with the designer and he pointed out some details which one might not see at a first glance: the delicate weaving of the rattan, the smooth edge of the brass handles and the possibility to turn the back of the cabinet in vertical or horizontal position thus creating different expressions of the pattern. Available at Ikea Sweden 7th of April; go and try its tactile qualities, it feels nice to the touch!

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Nike Karlssons contribution for Ikea Stockholm 2017 also include a sofa table and sideboard in rattan/pinewood/ash veneer. It must be stated that it is not to be used as a bench! It takes a weight of max 10 kg, and if you need a bench with a similar look you have to go for the classics, like Mogensens Bench 272 for Fredricia (1955). lndustrial designer Ola Wihlborg has designed the trays/bowls in ash veneer, diameter 51 cm and in walnut veneer, diameter 26 cm. They come with a low wide tray in stainless steel, diameter 40 cm. Photo copyright Ikea.

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Another fine product by Nike Karlsson is the Stockholm rattan loungechair, handmade by gifted craftsmen in rattan of good quality. The chair earns its place in this collection, with its simple, generous form decorated with a paraphrase of the carpet pattern by Kazuyo Nomura. Photo copyright Ikea.

Ikea 2017-02-11

Ikea bed and bag…

Ikea has teamed up with brittish designer wizard Tom Dixon and danish scandibrand Hay. As with former design collaborations (Ilse Crawford’s Sinnerlig, Ingegerd Råman’s Viktigt) Ikea take environmental friendly steps forward.
Hay, with designer Mette Hey, has given the iconic blue Ikea bag an update, I’ll try mine during the summer to see what it feels like. I am not a plastic fan but considering the blue bag sell in amazingly 65 million a year I appreciate the updated look and the way Hay worked with an environmental friendly 100 % polypropylene. From Hay there’ll also be a collection of furniture and accessories.
Tom Dixon will re-define the use of some Ikea classics like the Klippan sofa and the range of Ikea spring mattresses. Instead of using different legs or frames for different furniture Dixon has been commissioned to design a frame/platform series to go with both sofa and bed. The new design will be produced in environmental friendly aluminum.

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Updated Ikea bag, by Hay for Ikea (August 2017). Photo copyright Ikea.

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Ikea Frakta shopping bag by Knut Hagberg and Marianne Hagberg for Ikea (1996).

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Bed/sofa frame/platform in 100% recycled aluminium, by Tom Dixon for Ikea (January/February 2018). Photo copyright Ikea.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Ikea 2016-06-10

Sladda urban bike by Ikea

Sladda bicycle by Ikea has been rewarded the ”Best of the Best” Red Dot Award 2016. It is a well deserved honour for Ikea and developers/industrial designers Oskar Juhlin, Jan Puranen och Kristian Eke from Veryday designstudio. Bicycles are one of the most eco-friendly forms of transportation and with Sladda the project team has created a game-changing bike which is multi-gender, very simple to use, and rigorously tested to support a sustainable lifestyle for a broad range of people. Available in Sweden in August 2016.

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Sladda bike by Veryday design studio for Ikea (2016). The bike’s got a ingenious click-in knob system which make it possible to hook on and off accessories like baskets and racks! Sladda comes with a 25-year warranty. Photo copyright Ikea.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Gender perspective, Ikea 2016-04-08

Ingegerd Råman for IKEA

A few weeks ago I attended the lounge of the Viktigt collection for Ikea (2016). In collaboration with designers Nike Karlsson and Wibeke Braasch, Ingegerd Råman has created a fine collection of everyday objects in glass, ceramics and straw. I am especially fond of the serving plates, glass bowls and carpet. The whole collection is very nice, but Ingegerd Råman is somewhat of a nestor of Swedish design and her contributions stand out as exceptional in this collection. Limited edition.

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Ingegerd Råman, VIKTIGT collection for Ikea (2016). Photo copyright Ikea.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Ikea, Scandimood 2016-02-27

Vanity cool

Basic with a hint of industrial; Ikorrnes mirror’s by Ola Wihlborg for Ikea stands out in the latest, 54 pages long (!) pressrelease from the Swedish megabrand. And it stands out cool!

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Ikorrnes floor mirror by Ola Wihlborg for Ikea (2015). Ash veneer, size 52 x 167 cm. Photo copyright Ikea.

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Ikorrnes mirror for table or wall, by Ola Wihlborg for Ikea (2015). Ash veneer, size 27 x 40 cm. Photo copyright Ikea.

Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes, Ikea 2015-08-28

Ikea veggie

From August 2015 you can eat vegetarian meals at Ikea. The coming dish ”grönsaksbullar” (by Ikea named ”veg meatballs”) seems to be a tasty experience.
The aim is to serve environmental friendly food. But as no one can be ignorant of the horrific conditions animals in factory farming suffers, during breeding, transport and slaughter…it is important when huge manufacturers/shops/restaurants take a step towards a veggie world.
The conventional meatball has been served at Ikea since 1959. Every year app. 1 billion (!) meatballs are served. When you choose the vegetarian version it’ll make a difference. For the environment, for your health and for animals trapped in the food industry.

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Vegetable dish, available at Ikea world wide from August 2015. Photo copyright Ikea.

Animal Rights, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Ikea 2015-07-21