IKEA x HAY Ypperlig Collection

IKEA has teamed up with cult Danish design brand HAY to launch 'Ypperlig', a new collection of beautiful basics


When Swedish mega-brand IKEA hooked up with cult Danish design duo HAY to create a new range, we knew the results would be impressive. This week the 'Ypperlig' collection hits global stores, celebrating the beauty of basics, Scandinavian functionality and streamlined, contemporary style. Fittingly, the name means 'extraordinary'.

Inspired by architecture, art and fashion trends, design brand HAY was founded in Copenhagen in 2002, and is helmed by husband-and-wife team Rolf and Mette Hay. Using sophisticated industrial manufacturing processes, the pair design pieces for modern living, with a less-is-more aesthetic that chimes well with fellow Scandinavian homewares giant IKEA. The collaborative collection spans furniture – from a compact sofa and comfy sofa-bed to tables, a bench and decorative wall shelf – super-slim lighting and covetable accessories.

ABOVE: Featuring clean lines, muted colours and Scandi materials, the new 'Ypperlig' collection by IKEA x HAY is in stores now
ABOVE RIGHT: HAY co-founders Rolf and Mette Hay
BELOW: 'Ypperlig' ash table, £150, with vases in green, £12, and brown, £18; Indoor/outdoor 'Ypperlig' chair with armrests, in green and light grey, £40 each; 'Ypperlig' chair with armrests, with dining table and vases, as before

ABOVE: Light grey three-seat 'Ypperlig' sofa-bed, £550, constructed like a pocket-sprung mattress, with cushion covers, £5 each; 'Ypperlig' coffee tables, £35 each, with green vase, £12; Light grey 'Ypperlig' LED table lamp, £35, with built-in variable touch dimmer

Top FizzPicks include the sinuous, indoor/outdoor 'Ypperlig' armchair and chair (moulded in one piece in on-trend green or light grey); the minimal LED table light and floor lamp; three jaunty wall mirrors; a sleek ash dining table and grey-topped birch coffee table; and our favourite design, the curvy 'Ypperlig' vase in a choice of two three-tone colourways (green, blue and grey or brown, yellow and white). A trio of pretty-hued boxes with lids make savvy storage for small items, or for cute gifts check out the graphic candle holder and stationery set. Vibrant cushion covers and throws bring a softer touch (in block colours, with pared-back pattern), and HAY has even reinvented the iconic IKEA bag, updating the weaving patterns and colours. 

ABOVE: 'Ypperlig' candle holders, £3 each; 'Ypperlig' wall mirrors, in white, £20, dark red, £12, and green, £15, suitable for use in bathrooms; 'Ypperlig' cushion covers, £5 each, available in nine reversible colourways with varying patterns, beech stools, £20 each

The duo intended the collaboration to be true to IKEA, with honest, substantial products at an affordable price that would be around for a long time. 'We wanted to do something that was beautiful, well-made and usable,' says Mette Hay. 'Really good products made by IKEA and sprinkled with a bit of HAY'. Get in quick and make HAY while the sun shines!

The 'Ypperlig' collection is available in selected IKEA stores and online (see regional sites for local prices).

House of Holland x Habitat 2017

House of Holland's latest eye-popping designs for Habitat are seriously fashion forward with colour dialled up to the max...


The arrival of Spring in the UK also heralds the launch of fashion designer Henry Holland’s second homes collection for Brit interiors brand Habitat: House of Holland x Habitat.

Taking cues from House of Holland's SS17 catwalk collection 'Free To Roam' and the Romany travelling community, it's a riot of colour and clashing patterns, mixing giant florals with gingham checks and hot pinks with acid greens. Key pieces are the ‘Misty’ armchair and footstool in shocking Schiaparelli pink velvet with bright blue trim, the 3D handcarved ‘Folklore’ rug and the reversible ‘Boho’ bedding set (cute florals on one side and slashed up checks and gingham on the other). Accompanied by embroidered slogan cushions and a lime green mesh throw, Holland's collection is bold and brazen and very now.

ABOVE: 'Folklore' rug, £450
ABOVE RIGHT: Brit designer Henry Holland
BELOW: 'Misty' armchair, £595, and footstool, £195; 'Boho' bedding set, from £120

If you’re hanging out at London's hipster hotel The Hoxton in Holborn you can even ‘try before you buy’. The #henryforhabitat collection has been given a suite throughout March, showcasing artwork and furnishings from the new range. 

BELOW: The Hoxton goes Holland...

It’s available to book for a limited period for £199 per night but you can also win a night’s stay plus dinner for you and a guest by entering Habitat’s ‘Find Peggy’ competition. All you have to do is spot where Holland’s pet pooch is hiding in the suite. To enter the competition click HERE.

The House of Holland x Habitat 2017 collection is available now online and in Habitat, 196-199 Tottenham Court Road, W1, London

Jaime Hayon x BD Barcelona Design

Monkey see, monkey do? In the Year of the Monkey, Jaime Hayon's simian side table is what we're hankering after...


Now that the Chinese Year of the Monkey is in full flow we thought it only right to give another shout out to Jaime Hayon’s witty 'Monkey' side table for Spanish brand BD Barcelona Design.

When we saw it at last year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan we immediately fell in love with its simplicity and cocky attitude. Made of concrete resin, the cheeky 'Monkey' table has mischief written all over it. Part of Spanish talent Hayon's second Gardenias' collection of indoor and outdoor furniture for BD Barcelona Design, it’s the most auspicious side table you can buy right now.

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Gardenias' indoor armchair, €2,151; 'Monkey' side table, €645. Available from classicdesign.it

Habitat Spring/Summer 2016

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Fed up with the blustery British winter? Have a sneak peek at what Habitat has in store for us this Spring and you'll turn that frown upside down...


It may be winter outside in the UK, but in our hearts it's spring. The grey skies have us yearning for some colour in our lives and, luckily, interiors store Habitat's 2016 Spring/Summer collection is giving us something to look forward to.

Zingy pops of colour contrasting with sultry blacks, bent woods, raw handmade accessories and industrial styling are the key looks we've homed in on. There's nothing to frighten the horses here, just interesting details to add a little spark to our homes. And sometimes that's all we need...

ABOVE: Red is a perennial favourite bringing warmth and drama to every room. 'Velo' table, £450; 'Pedley' modular storage unit, £795  
ABOVE RIGHT: Cushions to make you smile. From left, 'Fido', £12; 'Porta', £40


'Avia' rattan furniture Ah rattan, how we've missed you! The sinuous Seventies styling of the 'Avia' seating collection has us pining for another series of The Good Life. This time round though it's more sculptural; the oversized armchair is very Patricia Urquiola but at a fraction of the price...

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Avia' rattan tall chair, £250; bench, £295; small chair, £150

'Maine' and 'Patty' rugs Zingy geometrics always boost our mood. We love the way a concentrated area of pattern and colour can inject so much life into a room. The 'Maine' rug contrasts zig-zags and stripes in hot oranges; the 'Patty' rug's grid of multicoloured dots mixes fresh lime green, luscious pink and sultry grey to dramatic effect.

'Maine' flat weave rug, £120; 'Patty' flat weave rug, £65, both 140cm x 200cm

'Lucia' bed Green is still trending in the home. It swept through interiors like wild grass last year and doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon. The powder-coated metal 'Lucia' bed is an update of a classic Habitat design (we had the black one back in the day) in the colour du jour.

'Lucia' double bed, £295

'Turini' cutlery At the other end of the colour spectrum is this deeply sexy cutlery set in jet black. Made of matt brushed steel, each piece is light in the hand and is a great example of stylish utilitarian design. We can't wait to get our hands on these...

'Turini' 16-piece black-finish cutlery set, £95

'Tirado', 'Leri', 'Peppae' and 'Layo' vases Craft is brought to the fore with these new vases and ceramics from Habitat's Spring/Summer collection. We particularly like the handblown 'Tirado' glass pieces with their ombré hues and the totemic 'Leri' vases which feature strong block colours. The naive quality of the painterly 'Peppae' and textured 'Layo' vases emphasise the hand of the maker; a little irregularity is no bad thing.

FROM LEFT: 'Tirado' medium vase, £25; 'Tirado' tall vase, £30; 'Leri' small bottle vase, £40; 'Leri' tall bottle vase, £40; 'Peppae' patterned vase, £40; 'Layo' scratch vase, £40

'Smithfield' sofa This oversized curvy leather sofa blows up Aaron Probyn's original 'Smithfield' chair design and makes it bigger and better. The extra deep seat and wide cushions give it major snuggle factor, perfect for dozing off on. Keen-eyed design fans may notice echoes of Matthew Hilton's classic 'Balzac' chair but this black beauty is thrice the size and thrice as sociable. 

'Smithfield' three-seater leather sofa, £3,600

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'Miles' shelving You can never have enough storage and this clever modular system allows you to add on pieces as and when you need them. But whereas most storage units take a back seat to their contents, the vivid green 'Miles' shelving system refuses to be ignored. Freestanding, it can be used as a room divider too making it truly versatile.

'Miles' shelving units from £250 per unit

'Cabot' lamp Here at the Fizz we're big fans of the industrial look but a little goes a long way in most homes. Enter the 'Cabot' table lamp with its twisted metal arm and scrapyard chic. We love that it looks like we just knocked it up ourselves and the way it sends out shafts of light through its perforated shade.  

'Cabot' table lamp, £55

The Habitat Spring/Summer collection is available from February 2016


If you think summer's all about lazy days spent topping up your tan then spare a thought for those busy bees over at UK design store Habitat who've been hard at work on their new Autumn/Winter collection 


TOP:  The boxy 'Spencer' sofa, £3,300, black and yellow 'Euan' lamp, £225, and sculptural 'Hawkins' armchair, £995, give good Eighties
ABOVE: 'Esterban' blue glass vase, £25


Midsummer on Planet Design is a funny time of year. While we’re just starting to enjoy the sun’s rays in the UK, we’re also being ushered into rooms full of Christmas decorations and given a glimpse of what will be in store when the temperature drops.

For autumn 2015, stalwart Brit design house Habitat is channelling the Eighties, Memphis design and American mid-century modern. Under the watchful eye of Creative Director Polly Dickens, we’re pleased to say it’s a return to form for one of the UK’s most cherished brands. Dickens is looking to restore Habitat to its initial raison d’être, to bring interesting, affordable contemporary design to the high street. From what we’ve seen so far, she’s right on track. See below for a sneak peek of what’s coming your way soon…


The DesignFizz STAR PIECE 
'Hawkins' armchair Our absolute 'must-have' is the sleek Eighties-tastic 'Hawkins' armchair by Matthew Long. Its clean minimal lines, bold colour and knowingly retro buttoned seat pad give it all the hallmarks of a modern classic. It's exactly want we want from Habitat, right now...

'Hawkins' armchair in grey velvet and green wool, £995

'Ikat' and 'Totem' rugs These striking rugs rock two elements of Eighties style. The black and white 'Ikat' fuses eastern minimalism with stark monochrome while the multicoloured 'Totem' recalls Memphis' vibrant colour clashes and early digital TV graphics.

'Ikat' small black and white flat weave rug, £40; 'Totem' large patterned wool rug, £350

'Henderson' ceiling light Cork has been trending for a couple of years now. Once the preserve of Seventies suburban homes complete with cuckoo clocks and fondue sets it's now the de rigueur material of the moment. We love the mix of cool white glass and earthy cork in the 'Henderson' ceiling light (right).

RIGHT: 'Henderson' ceiling light, £50

'Crofton' and 'Doodle' cushions The multi-coloured patchwork 'Crofton' cushion (below left) mixes mid-century mood with sharp Mondrian-esque geometry. Its polar opposite is the squiggly wiggly 'Doodle' (below right) which layers loose black markings over soft bands of colour.

BELOW LEFT: 'Crofton' multi-coloured patchwork cushion, £45
BELOW RIGHT: 'Doodle' patterned cushion, £15

'Banshee' sideboard OK, so anything named 'Banshee' is bound to get our attention having been devotees of Siouxsie Sioux and her cohorts from back in the day, but that aside this portable sideboard with reeded glass doors is a seriously stylish piece of kit. Part of a range of furniture that includes a sleek glass dining table and a taller cabinet, its black-framed doors and oak-veneered top give it a low-slung hipster status perfect for Happy Houses everywhere...

'Banshee' three-door, low glass sideboard, £895

'Ebbie' console and side tables A little fluoro goes a long way. The 'Ebbie' collection of pop-tastic Perspex pieces consists of a console table and three side tables in deliciously translucent hi-vis shades of orange, pink and yellow. Time to turn the dial up to maximum saturation!

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Ebbie' side table with shelf, £95; 'Ebbie' console table, £275; 'Ebbie' side table, £175

The Habitat Autumn/Winter Collection will be available from September 2015