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).

LDF 2017 – Lee Broom goes back to black

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The Fizz takes a walk on the dark side to see Lee Broom's new collection of black beauties...


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Brit designer Lee Broom has been a firm Fizz favourite ever since he arrived on the design scene in 2007. His mix of clean lines, luxe materials and classic-with-a quirk stylings made him an instant star. Since then he’s become an award-winning designer and a major international brand stocked in savvy stores all over the world.

For London Design Festival 2017, Broom has raided his extensive archive of furniture and accessories to take a handful of his iconic designs over to the dark side. Pieces that were previously cast in white marble, brass and chrome have been reissued in jet black to mark the tenth anniversary of the Lee Broom brand. 

ABOVE: The surreal all-black tableau installation for LDF17 at Lee Broom's Shoreditch flagship store
ABOVE RIGHT: Lee Broom, pictured with his 'Crescent' lights
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Fulcrum Candlesticks Black', from £295; 'Fulcrum Light Chandelier Black', £1,025

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During LDF, Broom’s showroom on Rivington Street will host ‘On Reflection’, a surreally blacked out darkroom to showcase his new capsule collection. Most of the designs will be in a limited edition of 10 but the new ‘Fulcrum’ and ‘Carousel’ lights will be available from November.

BELOW: 'XL Carousel Black' chandelier, £6,750; 'On The Rock Black' glasses, limited edition of 10, price on application

ABOVE: 'Hanging Hoop Chair Black', limited edition of 10, price on application; 'Podium Globe Vase Black', £395

We’re hoping to hop on to the blackened hanging ‘Hoop’ chair at some point, black martini in hand. A little black magic goes a long way…

'On Reflection' runs from 20 to 24 September at Lee Broom, Electra House, 95 Rivington Street, London EC2, as part of the London Design Festival 2017. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10am to 7pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm

Lee Broom portrait: Arthur Woodcroft


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