The 2019 Ikea catalogue starts hitting letterboxes this week, and goes online any minute. The Swedish behometh is celebrating our individual uniqueness, with seven houses that show how differently we all live, and provide smart solutions for everyone with loads of fabulous-looking new collections – all of which are driven from a platform of simplicity and relevance to help us figure out what we need.
Pictured below are our standout pieces for 2019, many of which are already instore, www.ikea.com.au
DYRGRIP White wine glass, $2.99 each and MOPSIG 16-Piece cutlery set, $5.99, www.ikea.com.au
We love the mobile, multi-functional furniture for the urban, itinerant, apartment-renting crowd to the easy solutions for today’s smaller spaces as well as creative pads for more sustainable, resourceful ways of living.
L-R, HELMER drawer unit on castors, $99 each; SKADIS pegboard, $25 each; ODDVALD Trestle $25 painted solid pine (shown with a recycled door as a tabletop); BROR Trolley, $149, www.ikea.com.au
METOD Kitchen with KUNGSBACKA anthracite drawer fronts and MAXIMERA soft-closing drawers $2578 and BEKVAM step ladder, $34.99
For 2019, there’s designs for small space living and flexible furnishings, urban apartments designed for eco-friendly living, all designed to make living easy with affordable wardrobe storage, green living ideas, home office setups, and lots of great how-to ideas, too.
Watch out for great value new buys that are simple, elegant and well-proportioned. The 286-page catalogue feels totally current.
BRANKIS Basket $24.99, www.ikea.com.au
BJÖRKSNÄS Chest of 5 drawers in birch, $449, www.ikea.com.au
The reason Ikea furniture addresses the needs of almost everyone? Ikea does an enormous amount of research into these needs, sending employees, and sometimes even anthropologists, to study how people exist and interact with the objects in their homes.
L-R, FADO Table Lamp, $19.99; KRUSTAD Mug $3.99; KRUSTAD Side Plate $4.99, KRUSTAD PLate $4.99; BEGAVNING Glass Dome with Base, $9.99; NJUTNING Scented Candle, $9.99; DAGDROM Decoration Ball set of 3, $14.99; PANOERA Clock $24.99; SANELA Cushion Cover, $6.99, www.ikea.com.au
For the past three years, the company has published a “Life at Home” report, wherein they survey up to 12,000 people in 12 cities. Of course, Ikea is also a corporate behemoth that aims to turn a profit, but its appealing, affordable, flat-packed furniture and accessories really do make it possible to create a home for yourself when you are young, impecunious or without the time to scour thrift stores for castoff gems.
FANTASTISK Paper Napkin, $3.99 for 100pk, www.ikea.com.au
GULVED Bed spread $79; KOLLUND Rug $449, 100% pure new wool, www.ikea.com.au
JOFRID Throw $59, SKAGGORT Cushion Cover $5.99 and SNIDAD Basket, $39.99, www.ikea.com.au
LISABO Table Tinted, clear laquered ash veneer and solid birch, $199 and FJALLBERGET conference chair, $249 each, www.ikea.com.au
BJORKSNAS Queen Bed Frame, $539, www.ikea.com.au
STOCKHOLM Sofa, $1,699, www.ikea.com.au
FARLOV, 3 Seat Sofa, $899, www.ikea.com.au
MAJORNA Floor Lamp, $39.99, www.ikea.com.au
AVSIKTLIG Low Pile Rug, $75, www.ikea.com.au
PUDERVIVA Queen Quilt Bed Spread, $129, www.ikea.com.au
VARELD Bedspread $39.99, www.ikea.com.au
GJORA Queen Bed Frame $499, www.ikea.com.au
GLADOM Tray Table in White $14.99 and GRONLID Sofa in Inseros Light Brown $595, www.ikea.com.au
L-R NISSEDAL Mirror $79; BEKVAM Step Stool $18.99, BJORKSNAS Queen Bed Frame, $539; JOFRID Throw $59, www.ikea.com.au
BRYTART Plant Pot $4.99 each, www.ikea.com.au