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).

Liga Studio

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New design brand Liga Studio's sexy storage boxes had the wow factor at the recent London Design Fair. The Fizz is suitably hooked...

BY DEE IVA

We love a bit of ombré at the Fizz so when we saw these striking pieces at the London Design Fair we were instantly smitten. Simple, functional and good looking, they tick all the right boxes. Formed from powder-coated steel, the 'Liga' range is made up of a small box, bedside and coffee table which double up as multi-functional storage units. The punchy colour combinations teamed with the fluorescent orange central ligature (which acts as a hinge) are breathtakingly beautiful and hard to ignore.

It’s the first collection by Liga Studio, young design duo Pierre Alexandre Cesbron and Matthieu Muller, who collaborated on the project while studying at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris. It’s an impressive debut, making Liga Studio one to watch. We’re keeping our eyes peeled…
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ABOVE: The debut collection of 'Liga' storage boxes is available by special order, price on application
ABOVE RIGHT: From left, Matthieu Muller and Pierre Alexandre Cesbron
BELOW: A fluorescent nylon hinge separates the two sides of the horizontal ombré lid

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BELOW FROM TOP: Each unit has a simple bi-fold lid which lifts up to access the internal storage; Liga Studio's stand at the London Design Fair during September's London Design Festival 2017

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Liga Studio will be exhibiting at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Holland from 21 to 29 October 2017 ddw.nl

Poltrona Frau

There's one piece of furniture that's making us go weak at the knees right now – the credenza – and Poltrona Frau's seductive 'Fidelio' range features the most stylish one we've seen so far...

BY DEE IVA

Whisper the word 'credenza' in our ear and we're all yours. Indeed, at this year's Milan Furniture Fair it seemed the credenza was having a moment.

There's something about this piece of low slung storage that's hugely appealing. It can conceal a multitude of sins, offer a generous surface for displaying your favourite objects, and its sleek lines give it instant supermodel status. Better known as the sideboard, it has been kicking around for decades but in recent years has quietly taken centre stage again.

When it comes to cabinets, we've loved Ferruccio Laviani's faceted 'Crash' for Emmemobili, Cristian Zuzunaga's pixelated 'Dreams' for BD Barcelona Design, and Pinch Design's geometric 'Alba'. Patricia Urquiola's stained glass 'Credenza' collection also had our hearts racing when we happened upon it at Spazio Pontaccio at April's Milan Fair, but Roberto Lazzeroni's luxe 'Fidelio' cabinet is the one we had to queue up for. Having battled through velvet ropes and bouncers on Poltrona Frau's stand at 2016's Salone del Mobile, we were rewarded with the sight of Lazzeroni's lush leather-clad range of storage units. 

ABOVE: The sleek lines of Roberto Lazzeroni's 'Fidelio' credenza, from £11000
ABOVE RIGHT: Minimal slots for handles and elegant stitching are key features of the 'Fidelio' collection
BELOW: 'Fidelio Cassettiera', from £7392, a low cabinet from the 'Fidelio Notte' range of storage units

Intended for the living room, the 'Fidelio' cabinet is accompanied by 'Fidelio Notte', which consists of a low narrower cabinet, chest of drawers, tall boy and bedside cabinet handy for any room in the home, all featuring minimal styling and graphic details offset with deeply luxurious materials. Made of solid walnut, ash, maple and birch ply, each piece is finished in Cuoio saddle leather and features cutaway recessed handles and elegant stitching. There's a choice of surfaces too in this handsome and strikingly modern collection, ranging from polished Calacatta gold marble to rich Canaletto walnut. We just need to work out where to put the credenza. Tape measure please...
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BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Fidelio Comodino' chest of drawers, from £3168; 'Fidelio Settimino' tall boy storage, from £6912

IKEA Viktigt collection

Celebrating craft and natural materials, IKEA’s new 'Viktigt' collection is on our wish list…

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

We’ve long been fans of Ingegerd Råman, the renowned Swedish glassware and ceramics designer known for her minimal aesthetic. So imagine our delight at this April’s Milan Furniture Fair, when we discovered Råman had collaborated with IKEA to create ‘Viktigt’, a limited edition collection for the home, including understated furniture, lighting, storage and tableware.

ABOVE TOP: Ingegerd Råman with her subtle 'Viktigt' range for IKEA
ABOVE: Compact, light 'Viktigt' furniture includes a bamboo and woven paper-cord chair, £45; easy chair, £95, with woven paper-cord seat and backrest; and natural fibre sofa, £145, and armchair, £95

Launched in a verdant Tortona roof terrace apartment, ‘Viktigt’ (which means ‘Important’ in Swedish) celebrates craft and the handmade, with tactile, simple pieces created from rattan, seagrass, water hyacinth and bamboo. The range also features subtle glass and stoneware pieces, including a water carafe, jugs, bowls and plates, as well as a compact sofa, chairs and stools, pendant lamps, planters, rugs and baskets.

Råman worked with IKEA designers Nike Karlsson and Wiebke Braasch, and drew on the skills of artisan craftspeople in Poland, Indonesia and Vietnam. ‘The collection is about craft. It’s a project between the craftsmen and the designer. It has lots of energy and, for me, it represents love.’ Harnessing craft techniques from mouth-blown glass to hand-woven rattan, many pieces are unique, breaking away from Ikea’s usual sleek standardisation.

ABOVE: Renewable chic: 'Viktigt' water hyacinth hanging planter (set of two), £18; bamboo dish, available in two sizes, £9 and £12; and bamboo pendant lamp shade, also in two sizes, £20 and £30

Less is more in Råman’s book, and the collection is defined by its poetic but pared back functionality. ‘I take away, then take away some more,’ she says. Her glass jugs, for instance, are streamlined, with sculptural spouts but no handles. ‘Handles are simply non-essential.’ Pieces are designed to be ergonomic, but also to look good when on display. ‘When you’re not using the serving plates they are as beautiful just stacked together,’ says Råman.  Her palette is equally restrained, with signature clear, white and tricky-to-create black glass (the latter produced with help from expert European craftsmen).`

Always aware of touch and feel, she’s also passionate about everyday rituals. ‘Just pouring fresh water into a clear glass is in fact extraordinarily spectacular. The love of food is the basis of my interest in usable things – objects you use every day. For me every day is equally important,’ she says – so forget saving that gorgeous tableware ‘for best’!

ABOVE: Tactile 'Viktigt' tableware, including glazed black stoneware serving plates, £6.50 for a set of four, £13.25 for larger set of three; glass carafe with glass, £9.75; white serving plates, as before; clear glass jug, £6.25, bowl, £11.25 for a set of two, and bowl, £9.50 for two-pack, carafe, as before; renewable water hyacinth basket, in two sizes, £15 and £19

Some of the challenges of the natural materials proved to be an inspiration, as with the water hyacinth storage baskets. ‘I found the heavy brown fibre difficult to work with. However, resistance can be an advantage,’ recalls Råman. ‘The result was two large, patterned baskets in black and light brown, which became my favourites.’ Råman also encourages users to create patterns across various pieces, such as the reversible, black-striped seagrass rugs, which can be used in diverse combinations. ‘It’s a rhythm I’ve tried to capture.’

ABOVE: 'Viktigt's covetable craft pieces span black and clear glass; renewable seagrass flatwoven rug, £25

IKEA has just launched a book about the life and work of Ingegerd Råman, and an exhibition of her work is on show at Stockholm's Nationalmuseum this summer. ‘Viktigt’ continues the trend for quiet, low-key, natural craft-led pieces, embraced by designer Ilse Crawford in IKEA’s earlier ‘Sinnerlig’ collection, which we flagged up in our Spotlight section in May 2015. Think the opposite of built-in obsolescence. ‘I want to make objects that can live a long time without feeling out of date,’ says Råman. Now that is important…
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Ikea’s ‘Viktigt’ collection launched in May 2016 and will be in global stores for a limited run of around three months. Exhibition 'Ingegerd Råman' is at Sweden's Nationalmuseum until 14 August 2016 at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Sergels Torg, Stockholm, before transferring to Vandalorum art museum, Skulpturvågen 2, Vårnamo from 3 September to 27 November 2016

Mark Tuckey x Cotton On

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When Australian high-street fashion brand Cotton On created its debut homewares line, it turned to Mark Tuckey. The result is good news for lovers of simple, stylish design

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Australian designer Mark Tuckey is known for gorgeous hand-crafted contemporary wooden furniture, from tactile tables to beautiful beds. His flagship stores in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and Newport, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, are a stylist’s dream, with Tuckey’s streamlined Australian-made wooden pieces surrounded by bold paintings by artist David Bromley, laboratory-sleek glass vessels, graphic signs and ravishing rugs.

So when we heard Tuckey was collaborating on a new homewares range with Australian high-street fashion brand Cotton On, we were excited. Launched in store on 8 July 2015, and covering all areas of the house – ‘eat, drink, relax, store, bathe and sleep’ – the collection brings Tuckey’s eye for texture, form and colour to a covetable range of ethically sourced designs. True to his usual aesthetics, natural materials are the stars, from cotton to linen, wool and, of course, timber. It's also vibrant, relaxed and fun, reflecting the Australian lifestyle. 'It's a liveable collection, it's not precious,' says Tuckey. 'We wanted to design things that you really live with, not things that you're scared to use.'

Our favourite pieces include the chunky knits and slubby throws, patterned cushions in moody blue stripes, bedlinen in a rainbow-pretty circular print and stoneware mugs in subtle, offbeat hues. Wooden serving bowls and platters, chopping boards and storage vessels also make an appearance, as well as graphic tote bags, neon-edged wall hooks (yes, please!), and painterly laundry baskets.

This is Cotton On’s first foray into homewares, and the collaboration will be ongoing, not just a flash in the pan (look for fresh launches around October and December 2015). It follows in the footsteps of several successful homes ventures by Australian fashion labels, with high-street favourite Country Road and quirky Melbourne design brand Gorman both launching stylish spin-off ranges.

What’s more, while Tuckey’s bespoke own-line creations are investment pieces, his Cotton On collection starts from a wallet-friendly $14.95 for a set of two mugs, allowing a wider, and younger audience to access his work. ‘We’re happy. We’re excited. We hope you love it as much as we do,’ says Tuckey (who works alongside wife Louella, above). Now more folk than ever can call a Tuckey design their own, and that can only be a good thing.
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Mark Tuckey x Cotton On is available online and in select Cotton On stores in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. See website for prices.