Reimagining The Classics

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IKEA’s latest limited-edition collection, Re-imagined Classics, embraces some of its most iconic products, which have stood the test time, in terms of both quality and design style. 

Products in the range take inspiration from the decades; from 50s to 00s and bring back some fan favourites with a modern makeover to turn old classics into new classics. 

Clotilde Passalacqua from IKEA UK and Ireland said: “The new Re-imagined Classics collection is to be kept and looked after in the home forever. The products within the collection were favourites when they were first introduced and IKEA is showing that these designs are still current now, decades after they were first created. IKEA is always looking for inspiration in its design history and is now showing how its iconic products can withstand the test of time and fit perfectly in everyday life at home in the modern world.” 

CLASSIC COMEBACKS

Step into the 50-60s; a time in IKEA that brought about some of its very first iconic products. The designs capture a sombre expression where darker woods meet classic lines. 

“An icon is an icon because it’s unexpected, or considered an innovation of its time. Like the LÖVBACKEN table (previously known as LÖVET), such a cool statement piece, with only three legs, the tips covered in metal. It was our first flat-pack product,” says Karin Gustavsson. 

Ironically, the flat-pack idea came about by chance. IKEA co-worker, Gillis Lundgren spontaneously decided to remove the legs of the table to make it fit into his tiny car and avoid damage during transit. Today, almost all IKEA products are flat-packaged. In other words – easier transportation and less trucks on the road. 

MODERN HACKS

Celebrating creativity, curiosity and the DIY movement, IKEA and Scholten & Baijings have hacked KLIPPAN and POÄNG, creating new accessories that make it easy for everyone to repurpose one of the brand’s most classic sofas and bring new variety into the POÄNG family. In the collection, two quilted covers along with beautifully designed new legs, are available for KLIPPAN, together with three POÄNG chairs in new colours and quilted covers. 

Ironically, the flat-pack idea came about by chance. IKEA co-worker, Gillis Lundgren spontaneously decided to remove the legs of the table to make it fit into his tiny car and avoid damage during transit. Today, almost all IKEA products are flat-packaged. In other words – easier transportation and less trucks on the road. 

FUN FAVOURITES

Flashback to the 70s and 80s; it was bold, colourful and fun and of course, no one in IKEA can talk about this era without mentioning the beloved KLIPPAN sofa. 

“I just love the covers that are like puffy jackets – they’re cool and colourful. It’s a tribute to the Memphis group, an 80’s design movement that was very popular during that time. The KLIPPAN sofa was one of the first affordable sofas we had to offer, which is why it’s an icon of its time,” says Karin. 

Launched upon declaring the living room for children, KLIPPAN was created with the idea of a sofa that could withstand the human need to play. For this launch, new covers will come in a bright yellow, fiery red and a cool cobalt blue. 

MINIMALIST MUST-HAVES

Looking back upon the 90s; it doesn’t feel all that long ago, right? It’s simple and minimal, mixing untreated, blonde Scandinavian woods with graphic patterns. 

“During the 90s, we went for a more natural expression. I think the sculptural furniture of Thomas Sandell is iconic. The small bench with wheels on one end, and legs on the other, was a design piece desired by so many people at that time,” says Karin Gustavsson. 

Its sleek design comes with a good dose of functionality thanks to its hidden storage. Place in the hallway, the bedroom, or why not as a small bench in the living room? 

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