Retro furniture has been on trend since stylish shows like Mad Men took over TV, but Ikea didn’t have to create new designs based on older design techniques. The 70-year-old company just had to reach back through its catalogs and select a few gems to sell again, giving it a distinct advantage over newer companies trying to recapture the magic of the past.
Each furniture piece in the new collection is based on a piece IKEA sold decades ago, so customers can purchase pieces that are newly manufactured but authentically retro.
For instance, the collection’s Gårdskär lamp, based on the SILA lamp from 1959, is a cylindrical white pendant lamp with a band of red glass around the middle.
IKEA’s new Strandmon chair actually appeared in one of the first IKEA catalogs as the 1951 MK chair, and a butterfly chair, knocked off from a design that never really went off-trend, is also included in the new collection.
The collection should be highly popular with lovers of retro furniture who still want the sleek quality of modern manufacturing.
“It’s always a great idea to incorporate certain vintage items in your modern house setting,” says José Loor of Contempo Furniture. “The use of getting vintage décor items is booming but making it work in a modern design setting is a hard task to do. Thereafter some costumers are just focusing in creating modern environments with sleek features and within a fine line of design.”
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