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).


The art of pop-up meets the world of architecture in this incredible set of notecards by designer Corina Fletcher


‘Pop-up’ has become such an overused phrase, referring to temporary shows, venues and installations, that it’s good to remind ourselves of what it used to mean back in the day.

Here at the Fizz we love a good ‘pop-up’, a stunning piece of architecture and an occasional card through the letterbox so we're ecstatic about ‘ArchiPops’, a set of 3D pop-up cards of iconic buildings around the world. British paper engineer Corina Fletcher has picked six landmark buildings, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, London's Royal Festival Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and turned them into ingenious pop-up artworks with informative facts about each one on the reverse. Depicted in white with bright orange accents, this beautiful set of cards comes in a sleek, minimal grey box with matching envelopes.

ABOVE: Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye in Poissy, France (standing), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (lying down) and envelopes
ABOVE RIGHT: 'ArchiPop''s stylish packaging hints at what's inside

The question is do you send them out to design-savvy buddies when you’ve visited the real thing or keep them for yourself and get them framed up? We think they’re way too nice to share!
'ArchiPops' by Corina Fletcher, £16.95 from thamesandhudson.com

Tom Pigeon

Dress up your walls with these striking prints from modernist Scottish design duo Tom Pigeon...


We’re rather smitten with these beautiful graphic prints by Pete and Kirsty Thomas aka Tom Pigeon. Their abstract compositions are bold and simple with a deft use of line, overlapping block colours and metallic details.

Based in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, Tom Pigeon’s designs are hand-pulled in a small print studio in Glasgow and are inspired by the weather and abstract shapes found in the surrounding landscape. Our favourite prints use gold, silver and copper foil blocking which contrast the flat colour fields and bring a seductive glow to each design.

ABOVE: 'Day' evokes the heat of the sun with gold foil blocking. A2 screenprint, £50
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Anstruther' contrasts copper foil with spearmint green and black. A2 screenprint. £50; The full moon is captured in 'Night' with its cool colour palette and silver detail

ABOVE: Echoes of Alexander Calder and Kazimir Malevich can be found in the interconnecting 'Shipwreck' series. From left: 'Flotsam', 'Jetsam', 'Lagan'. A2 screenprints, £60 each
BELOW: Glimpses of Mediterranean architecture and light in the new 'Islanders' collection. From left: 'Islanders 1', 'Islanders 2', 'Islanders 3'. B2 screenprints, £70 each

New for 2016 are the 'Shipwreck' series, three interconnecting prints depicting flotsam and jetsam on the beaches of Fife, and the 'Islanders' collection which takes its inspiration from Mediterranean architecture and the deep shadows that strong sunshine creates.

Tom Pigeon’s graphic sensibilities also extend to a range of minimal greeting cards, notebooks and directional handcrafted jewellery. We definitely feel a wishlist coming on...

Pen Uno X Ensso

We've been enticed back to the ancient art of handwriting by Ensso's Pen Uno, the most stylish pen we've seen in a long time...


The pen is mightier than the sword but the keyboard is way more popular these days. Now we're all emailing and texting, it's very rare we pick up a pen to write anything down anymore and when we do our handwriting is so bad that we can barely read it as we're simply out of practice. Well maybe the answer is to pick up a pen so beautifully designed that we can't wait to use it.

The Pen Uno, by Los Angeles design team Ensso, could be the cure for our illegible scribbles. Having raised funding through a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the Uno has just gone into production. Sleek, slim and minimal, it's made of anodised aluminium and comes in five seductive metallic finishes. It's light in the hand, smooth to the touch and is refillable using widely available, inexpensive Hi-Tec-C Coleto ink cartridges. It's a neat piece of engineering too as the cap retracts to reveal the nib and doubles as a nifty holding barrel.

BELOW: Pick from silver, gold, space grey, red and on-trend rose gold; The cap slides back to reveal the nib

Our only concern is that it's likely to go missing the minute our back's turned. The quick brown fox may jump over the lazy dog but if he makes off with one of these we promise there'll be hell to pay!

Pen Uno is available to pre-order at US$35 ($10 off the retail price of $45) including worldwide shipping

Laura Slater

An eye-catching lampshade and judiciously placed cushion is a fast way to freshen up your home. Check out Laura Slater's chic designs for an instant style fix... 


British textile designer Laura Slater uses a mix of organic, distressed and scribbled shapes to create graphic textural landscapes. Her sense of scale and composition is such that each design is like a miniature abstract painting. Inspired by nature and industrial architecture, Slater’s arresting prints manage to strike the balance between cool simplicity and orchestrated tension.

‘Assemble/Configure’ is a painterly range of linen cushion covers and lampshades in rich cobalt blue, vibrant pink, lemon yellow, black and terracotta. Her first collection since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2008, it embodies her love of colour and mark making.

ABOVE: Lampshades and cushions from the 'Assemble/Configure' and 'Collagraph' collections, from £54
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Assemble/Configure' cushion in cobalt blue, £66
BELOW: Assorted 'Assemble/Configure' cushions, from £54

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Collagraph Repeat' cushion, £54; 'Collagraph Collage' cushion, £66; 'Collagraph Block' gift wrap, £3.50 per sheet

Based in a West Yorkshire design studio and print workshop, Slater has enjoyed collaborations with a string of cred UK stores, from Heal's to SMUG and Nothing But Navy. For her newest collection ‘Collagraph’, she has swapped the colour palette for monochromatic geometrics that overlap and intersect to make dramatic Expressionist fields of black and white. An accompanying range of hand-printed stationery and limited-edition prints is also available.

Photographs: Ash Zombola  zombolaphoto.com