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).

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

Shufflebotham

Make no mistake, the 'image-as-wallpaper' trend is going nowhere. So if you want to get with the programme don't paint it, paste it, with help from Brit firm Shufflebotham...

BY DEE IVA

We’re big fans of the photographic wallpaper trend at DesignFizz. From Brit talent Deborah Bowness’s desaturated birdcages and lampshades to Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek’s distressed wooden surfaces we just can’t get enough of it.

The newest acolyte of this graphic approach to wall covering is British wallpaper company Shufflebotham, the brainchild of designer Jon Thomas, which launched in 2014. Thomas has harnessed his love of architectural details to produce a range of elegant wallpapers featuring decorative wall panellings, distressed wooden floors and abstract geometric patterns. Manufactured in the UK, the fine-grade, digital designs are available ‘on the roll’ or as vinyl panels which can be customised to order in bespoke sizes and specific colourways.

Hot off the press for 2016 are ‘Benjamin XL Decay’, a section of Georgian wall panelling with slight signs of decay in pale grey, and ‘Patina XL’ which uses abstract geometrics to create a mesmerising 3D effect in grey and blue.

ABOVE: 'Patina XL' depicts angular abstract geometrics
ABOVE RIGHT: There's beauty in decay as seen in this detail of Shufflebotham's 'Benjamin XL Decay' design
BELOW FROM TOP: 'Benjamin XL Decay'; wall covering 'Madison Wood White' brings new life to an old wooden floor

Until recently Shufflebotham's designs were sold exclusively to interior designers and specifiers, but now these stunning papers are finally available to buy online. We’re mixing up our wallpaper paste in anticipation. Just remember you saw it here first...
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Prices start at £180 for a 10m x 52cm roll

Bette

German brand Bette is adding feisty colour and shapely frames to bathrooms. All-white is so last decade!

BY DEE IVA

Bathroom design is often one of the most understated areas in the interiors arena. White has reigned as the colour of choice for so long, and although we've seen changes in materials and tweaking of shapes there has not been a great deal to excite the senses.

German company Bette has changed all that with the striking BetteLux Shape range of baths, basins and bathroom furniture (from towel rails to stools and shelves), designed by Potsdam-based Dominik Tesseraux of Tesseraux + Partner. The addition of a simple elegant steel frame creates a sense of lightness and modernity with added wow factor. The Mondrian-like rectangular frames come in different finishes to either complement or contrast with baths and basins. 

Those with strong purist leanings will probably still go for the white option, which can be combined with subtle mint frames, but we think maximum style points have to be awarded to the deeply desirable black bath and basin, especially when teamed with Bette's dusky pink frame. Glamazons of the world unite...
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