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


Here at the Fizz we love a quirky side table and at this year's Milan Furniture Fair two contenders from ClassiCon captured our imagination...


German design brand ClassiCon is celebrating 25 years of a fruitful collaboration with minimalistic German designer Konstantin Grcic. To mark the occasion the 'Black Edition' gathers together some of Grcic's most iconic pieces for ClassiCon and relaunches them in jet black emphasising their angular sculptural shapes. We've fallen for the classic 'Diana' series of side tables which has been now been given the nocturnal treatment. There are three versions to choose from, each one subtly different from the other as Grcic bends and folds sheet steel in this truly modern classic.

At the other end of the spectrum, French designer Victoria Wilmotte has folded high-gloss polished stainless steel into a covetable side table that glows like a precious gemstone. The faceted base of the 'Pli' side table for ClassiCon sports seductive reflections while the cool crystal glass top is a calm pool of colour. For maximum 'oooh' factor head straight for the bewitching glow of topaz green or sapphire blue.

ABOVE: 'Diana C Black Limited Edition' side table by Konstantin Grcic
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Diana B Black Limited Edition' side table by Konstantin Grcic
BELOW: 'Pli' side tables in topaz green, sapphire blue, onyx black and pyrite bronze by Victoria Wilmotte

Pictures by Shirana Shahbazi


Norwegian design studio Osloform's new 'Serpentine' stereo is easy on the eye, as well as the ear for switched-on music lovers...


Osloform's minimal 'Serpentine' stereo is simply one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. Comprised of two speakers and an amplifier, this sleek system is encased in luscious green or grey Valchromat (wood-fibre panels impregnated with dye and resin) with a sexy central brass volume control and perforated brass speaker covers. But its beauty is not only skin deep. Underneath the glamorous exterior the compact amplifier by high-end hi-fi boffins Bang & Olufsen easily fills the room with natural pure sound and a preamplifier with buffered line inputs allows you to connect your phone, tablet or computer. Wireless streaming is possible with the addition of Apple TV or Google Chromecast devices.

BELOW: Easy on the ear, a joy to behold: the 'Serpentine' stereo by Osloform, NOK 28,000

'Serpentine''s designers were inspired by minimalism, usability and tactile contrasts, striving to 'cultivate the essence of a stereo as both hi-fi and furniture object' (for more on the trend for technology integrated with furniture see the Bouroullec brothers' 'Serif' TV and IKEA's wireless charging lamps and tables).

ABOVE: Plug in, tune in and zone out; it's all about being well connected

It’s not what you’d expect to see in your local audio store and there’s a good reason for that. Launched in 2015, Osloform is a new Oslo-based design studio made up of four young Norwegian designers. Camilla Akersveen, Åsmund Engesland, Christopher Konings and Henrik Waarum are on a mission to bring modern Norwegian design to our attention and judging by their inaugural 'Brass & Valchromat' collection they’re definitely on the right track. Due to exhibit at the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2016, we reckon they’ll be one of the highlights of the Salone.

Photos: Istvan Virag  istvanvirag.com

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