Now I’m a “grown up” with my own home, I have been trying desperately to steer myself away from the easy option of furnishing our home in Ikea pieces. Although I love the brand, I want our home to slowly develop it’s own character and personality which Ikea furniture with it’s distinctive look doesn’t always allow.
However, putting a spanner in my quest to move on – is Ikea’s super exciting new PS2012 collection launching in store this May with 60 new pieces inspired by vintage Ikea designs. With PS2012 Ikea have updated retro forms with innovative functions functions, and sustainable materials like bamboo, recycled PET plastic, wood plastic composite and linen.
The piece that first grabbed my attention was the retro three seat sofa above. If I had a NYC loft style home then this would be the first piece in it – i love it’s rounded edges and the contrast between the hard metal and super squishy piped seat pads. It looks so comfortable for an afternoon snooze!
Another key piece in the collection is a stripped wood milkmaid style chest of drawers. These wouldn’t usually be my thing but its over-sized wood grain surface gives the piece a contemporary folksy edge which is really interesting. I also love the collection’s new angular wall lights [available in white black and red] which borrows from vintage Anglepoise silhouettes. These lights actually have an LED source of light which allows them their unusual flat shape.
As always the brand has released a plethora of cute side tables and chairs in covetable colours but my star piece has to be Ikea’s series of geometric pendant lights. Actually I am unsure as to how this product taps into Ikea’s past as it is so very of the moment in terms of the trend for geometric design – and it’s for that reason that I love it. At a very reasonable £93 these black, yellow and aqua lights are probably the cheapest of this style on the market and are just so un-Ikea like that they might just make the cut for my new grown up home!
Are you excited for the new PS2012 collection – see more new introductions here.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at email@example.com