IKEA x HAY Ypperlig Collection

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

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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

Siemens Home Connect

Step into hi-tech heaven as Siemens bring the smart kitchen to the home. Beam me up Scotty...

BY DEE IVA

It looks like the fully automated world of Sixties cartoon family The Jetsons is finally here. There’s an app for virtually everything these days and the kitchen is no exception. German company Siemens has long been known for its sleek design-led kitchen appliances, but now it has upped the ante with its new 'iQ700' range of WiFi-controlled ovens, fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and coffee machines.

The 'Home Connect App' is at the heart of this clever system. It allows you to switch on and preheat your oven, change cooking programmes or get recipes sent to your smartphone wherever you are. If you thought CCTV had gone too far, then think again. Siemens’ newest WiFi-controlled fridges have two internal cameras monitoring the inside of your fridge so if you can’t remember whether you’ve run out of milk or not you can check in on your way home. Connected dishwashers and washing machines can also be programmed from afar. 

ABOVE RIGHT: The 'Home Connect App' puts control in the palm of your hand
BELOW: Simple, visually clear touch-control panels on the 'iQ700' range of ovens

You might think this is all well and good for extremely forgetful people and that you’ll never need it, but whenever technology jumps forward it tends to drag us with it. When Apple launched the first iPad we remember thinking that if you had a phone, a laptop and an iPod why would you need an iPad? Now we can’t do without it. The 'iQ700' range boasts a plethora of labour-saving features like activeClean cleaning programmes, steam and 4D hotAir cooking, stain removal and automatic dosing systems, and its fuss-free minimal design makes it the smartest ‘smart’ kitchen around at a reasonable price. Welcome to the second Industrial Revolution...
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BELOW: The 'iQ700 HN878G4S6B' built-in oven with microwave, pulseSteam function, activeClean and Home Connect features

The 'iQ700' range is available now from selected Siemens dealers. Go to siemens-home.com for your nearest outlet

ClassiCon

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...

BY DEE IVA

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.
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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

Green&Blue

Spring is on its way in the UK and style-savvy birds and bees will be checking into Green&Blue's chic new design-led homes and habitats  

BY DEE IVA

If you thought minimal contemporary homes were strictly for Homo sapiens, then think again. Award-winning Cornish company Green&Blue specialises in designing sleek modern habitats for garden birds and wild bees.

The smartest home for our feathered friends is the cool spherical 'Birdball Birdhouse', inspired by the form of nests. Made of slipcast clay, it can be suspended or wall-mounted and is designed to nestle among branches and shrubbery creating a piece of modernist avian architecture within a natural setting. Very Grand Designs!

Smart addresses usually come with an array of chic eateries nearby and residents of the 'Birdball' can have their very own five-star restaurant too. The 'Birdball' collection of bird feeders can be filled with tasty treats for those lucky enough to grab a spot as, like most of us have encountered these days, a no reservations policy is firmly in place...

ABOVE: The 'Birdball Seed Feeder', £55, comes in pretty colours and is open all hours
RIGHT:  The suspended 'Birdball Birdhouse', £44, has lots of room inside to raise a family. Terracotta or white?
BELOW: Busy bees can stop off at the 'Beepot', £45, and get a bite to eat at the same time from the planted area attached to the living space; Time to check out from the 'Bee Brick', £27.50

The spirit of Sixties Brutalism is alive and well with Green&Blue's concrete hotel for bees. The 'Bee Brick' has a random pattern of holes which is extremely attractive to bees looking for a room for a few nights. The brick can be placed in gardens or inserted into walls creating resting spots for bees in an urban environment. The newest addition to this range of bee-friendly accommodation is the 'Beepot' which has space for plants that provide essential nectar for hungry bees. Also made of concrete, its hipster credentials are impeccable making it the most stylish bee 'n' bee in town.
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The 'Beepot' is available from March 2016

Rolfe & Wills

Bristol duo Rolfe & Wills is putting graphic pattern into tableware. Only black and white aficionados need apply!

BY DEE IVA

With the bizarre trend for adult colouring books going from strength to strength, we’re relieved to see that a sense of decorum has been restored at Rolfe & Wills. You just can’t go wrong with black and white and the absence of colour in these monochromatic designs by Alice Rolfe and Chloe Wills focuses the eye on the rhythmic patterns made by the simple, almost austere use of grids and dots. Four designs – ‘Dotty’, ‘Grid, ‘Chevron’ and ‘Triangle’ – have been applied to pure white bone china mugs, organic cotton tea towels, placemats and coasters to create chic, contemporary tableware with understated style.

Hand screen-printed in Bristol in the UK, these black and white babies are modern classics that we’ll never tire of and have absolutely no desire to colour in…
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ABOVE: 'Chevron' bone china mug, £12, organic cotton tea towel, £12, and hardboard coaster, £4
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Dotty' mug and tea towel, £12 each, coaster, £4
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Triangle' mug and tea towel, £12 each, coaster, £4; 'Grid' mug and tea towel, £12 each, coaster, £4