Dubai, UAE, April 30, 2019: This April launch is about making room for better habits. It's about making time to live a more conscious and caring life regarding sustainability. The materials are natural and the colours span from neutral, earthy tones to different shades of blue.
We're welcoming furniture made in rattan, lamps and plant pots in bamboo and rugs made of wool. These materials give a natural feeling and are easily mixed with other styles in a home. Textiles are big this launch, from quilt covers to cushion covers, as well as textile collections for a baby's nursery and children's bedroom. To go with all the lovely patterned bedlinen, there are beds including a traditional metal bed frame, an extendable children's bed and a classic baby cradle. The bathroom also gets an update with new storage furniture, a shower curtain and towels in a style that's made to last.
Overall, this month is about creating a home that works today and tomorrow. The launch strives to create a balance between leading a modern life and being in touch with nature. It embraces slow living — living with intent.
Combining old traditions with modern design, BUSKBO armchair brings a craftsmanship feeling to the home. It's made from the natural fibre rattan – a sustainable material that's fast-growing and renewable. By choosing this kind of material you bring nature into your home and lower your climate impact at the same time.
Put your feet up and relax on some natural style. Handmade in rattan, GAMLEHULT footstool with storage can be used as a footrest or as a sofa table that's easy to move around. The rattan makes it sustainable, as the natural fibre is fast-growing on host trees. By choosing rattan, you become part of the shift towards renewable materials.
Enjoy comfort in the light, airy style of ULRIKSBERG armchair. With a handwoven rattan backrest and seat combined with a metal underframe, each armchair is unique. The designers Andreas Fredriksson, Jonas Hultqvist and Willy Chong describe their thoughts on working with this sustainable material:
“We like working with natural fibres like rattan and bamboo – living and renewable materials that provide great opportunities to create unique products. The most enjoyable part of this project was to use these materials in new and innovative ways. We wanted to make furniture in natural fibres, often combined with metal underframes, that is modern, gives an airy feeling, is easy to move and comes in flat packages. Better for the environment and easier to take home and enjoy.”
The fact that ULRIKSBERG armchair comes flat packed is unique in the market and makes it easy to invite nature into your home.
HEMNES bathroom furniture
When starting to develop HEMNES bathroom series, IKEA invited people who normally don't work with product development to co-create with us and find new and unexpected solutions. What do you need in the bathroom to make it more convenient and better organised? This was the question that sparked the development of four new functions: a storage bench, an open wash-stand, a wall shelf and a high cabinet with glass doors.
Although developed for the bathroom, the pieces can fit in the hallway or across the home. The beauty of the HEMNES series is that it will never feel outdated.
GULSPARV baby textile collection
Create a soft, safe and dreamy bubble for your baby. GULSPARV baby textile collection comes in a beautiful traditional style and includes quilt covers, a rug, blanket and curtains. The textiles have a handicraft feeling with attention to details, for example the knitted blanket has a scalloped edge. The bed textiles are made in a seersucker weave, a classic cotton fabric with a wavy appearance. It's woven in 100% sustainably grown cotton, a natural material that gets softer with every wash and makes a safe choice for the baby, as well as the environment.
SÅNGLÄRKA textile collection
Furnish your child's bedroom in a dreamy traditional style with shades of white and blue. From flower motifs to striped patterns, SÅNGLÄRKA textile collection includes quilt covers, curtains and cushions. Made with 100% sustainably sourced cotton, the quilt cover helps set the best conditions for a good and comfortable sleeping climate. With the textile collection you can create a cosy room in calm colours. After all, sleep is the best thing you can give a growing child.
Create a natural, handmade style with the beautiful KNIXHULT lamps made in bamboo. When developing these lamps, we wanted to strive for as low an environmental footprint as possible.
The lamps' design has been adapted to also make use of the darker types of bamboo, which are usually thrown away. In fact, this has meant the usage of raw material has gone up from 20% to 65%. The result is lamps with warmth and character — available as either a floor, pendant or table lamp.
TROLLBO pendant lamp
Imagine having your own shining circus tent at home. Meet TROLLBO pendant lamp that's inspired by a circus tent, it even has the flag at the top in the form of cord decorations.
Not only is the lamp playful, but it's more sustainable as the plastic is made of recycled PET-bottles. In this way, we reduce the consumption of new raw materials and lower the CO2 footprint on the environment. It's also good to know that, like all children's lighting at IKEA, TROLLBO meets or exceeds the highest international standards when it comes to quality and safety for children. For example, there are no sharp edges, small parts, accessible light sources or power sources. TROLLBO pendant lamp creates a bright, safe and creative environment for children.
STJÄRNFLOCKA quilt cover
Indulge in blue bedtimes with STJÄRNFLOCKA quilt cover that's made in a crafted handmade look resembling Japanese Shibori dyeing technique, an old form of textile art. The quilt cover features starry flowers that come together in an expressive geometrical pattern. It's made with 100% cotton from more sustainable sources woven in a plain weave that breathes and feels soft against the skin, giving a comfy night's sleep.
JUVELBLOMMA quilt cover
The bright, playful flower pattern of JUVELBLOMMA quilt cover gives a good start in the morning and a happy feeling every time going to bed. It's made with 100% cotton from more sustainable sources — a natural and durable material that becomes softer with every wash. Let it create a fresh feeling for the new season.
OTTSJÖN towels and shower curtain
Create a coordinated bathroom look in classic stripes with OTTSJÖN towels and shower curtain. The towels are soft, absorbent and only take a moment to dry. They're made with 100% sustainably sourced cotton. Following the sustainability theme, OTTSJÖN shower curtain is made with recycled PET-bottles. This reduces the consumption of raw materials and lowers the footprint on the environment. All while keeping water where it's wanted and providing privacy when it's needed.
SISSIL cushion cover
Denim home decoration is an ongoing trend where SISSIL cushion cover fits perfectly. It's made in denim, but dyed in a process that saves a lot of water compared to normal denim dyeing which is very water consuming. In fact, SISSIL is produced in a more sustainable method that not only saves water and energy, but also reduces the dyestuff consumption and CO2 footprint.
The cushion cover comes in two sizes, the larger making an ideal back cushion when reading in bed as it covers your entire back, while the smaller cushion can be used as decoration or extra comfort.
BLÅGRAN/STRIMSPORRE cushion covers
Add comfort and decoration to the home in romantic designs. In white and blue, BLÅGRAN cushion cover features a floral pattern, while STRIMSPORRE cushion cover has a motif like bleeding ink. The covers are easily removable, washable and made in 100% sustainably sourced cotton, so you can feel good about making a spring update.
Traditional stripes can never go wrong when getting creative. Why not make some bench covers or napkins with METTALISE fabric? The fabric is an easy and affordable way to refresh the home in 100% sustainably sourced cotton.
Bring the indigo trend to the floors with our new wool rugs. Handwoven by skilled craftsmen, TRANGET rug has a striped pattern with different shades of blue, while LOVRUP rug has a varied blue structure with 20% cotton mixed in too. The rugs are made in India in organised weaving centres with good working conditions and fair wages. Using wool in carpets is perfect as it's a durable, natural and strong material. Being renewable and recyclable, wool plays an important role on our shift towards more sustainable materials.
MEDLEM side plate
Beautiful blue florals make MEDLEM side plate unique and exude tradition. It's part of a dinnerware family including a tray, plate and bowl, all with the same graphic pattern. Made in stoneware, the pieces are just as suitable for special occasions as for everyday living. They offer plenty of mix and match opportunities with their simple shapes and clean pattern — all combined in a rustic feel.
Decorative in its own right, ERTAPPAD dish can also be used for food or candles. It's made with blue reactive glazing on stoneware. Because of the unpredictable nature of this glazing, no two plates are the same. Fitting perfectly in the indigo mood this season, use the dish to make a beautiful arrangement, for example, by combining stones with candles.
KAFFEBÖNA plant pots
Welcome nature into the home, in more ways than one! KAFFEBÖNA plant pots are handmade in bamboo in Vietnam and can give flowers and plants a natural-looking home. Bamboo with its slight variations lends each pot a slightly different look. The light expression makes the plant pots able to blend in with both traditional and modern home interiors. Bamboo is a natural material grown in plantations. It's fast-growing and renewable, making it a sustainable choice.
SAGSTUA bed frame
Combine a classic metal bed frame with a curved, high headboard and brass details and you have SAGSTUA bed frame. The designer Paulin Machado was inspired by beds of the past when starting to create this truly affordable one:
“When I designed SAGSTUA bed frame, I was inspired by the ornamental wire work on traditional entrance gates. I wanted to create a classical design with references to the past that works in a modern home; something that flirts with the romantic, but can appeal to many. The thick tubing forms a traditional and sturdy silhouette, balanced with brass coloured details as the finishing touch. Dressed with your favourite linens, I hope this bed becomes your own personal haven.”
MINNEN extendable bed
Let the bed be a joy to look at, as well as sleep in. The timeless, traditional style of MINNEN extendable bed is now available in dark yellow that's fun to coordinate with. But most importantly, the bed grows along with the child — without lightening the wallet.
Gently rocking a baby to sleep is an old trick used by parents. When we developed SOLGUL cradle, we were inspired by older cradles while we, of course, followed the latest safety requirements. A crucial thing for a safe cradle is that it leans perfectly when you rock it and that it can't tip over. That's why our product developer Anna Carme and her colleagues started the entire project by developing the right curve for the cradle's rockers.
“We looked at old cradles for inspiration when developing a suitable design for the rockers. Then we refined the design by testing the movements and tilt of the cradle,” says Anna.
Scientific studies have shown in recent years that babies sleep best and safest in their own beds, but with SOLGUL it's still possible to have your child near you during the night.
“We adjusted the size and height of the cradle so that you can keep it close to your own bed and easily stretch out an arm if your child wakes up during the night,” says Anna. “It's often enough with a little bit of rocking for the child to fall back to sleep.”