By Megan Slack
Everybody's favorite home decor giant IKEA has set its focus on transforming loungewear after announcing FÄLTMAL - a cushion that transforms into a wearable quilt.
While we've already claimed FÄLTMAL as our WFH uniform for the foreseeable future, the Scandinavian chain explains how they will release the quillow in time for garden parties as lockdown restrictions continue to ease throughout spring. They labeled the wearable blanket as the 'cozy and comfortable accessory for 'al fresco April' and beyond.
FÄLTMAL, which begins as a cushion and expands into a full-size blanket, is large enough to wrap around your entire body, so you can keep warm when the clouds form or the sunsets above your outdoor gathering.
It features two sleeves and a button fastener on the back, so it won't fall down when you stand up or reach for your drink. The quillow is also made from polyester that is 100% recycled, so you don't need to worry about what your comfort is costing the world.
Beyond your home and garden, IKEA suggests bringing the FÄLTMAL on 'a camping staycation,' so you can stay warm and comfortable wherever you travel. We also imagine it would be the long-haul outfit of dreams when we all begin to fly again.
Plus, the Swedish manufacturers have designed FÄLTMAL to include a fishnet pocket at the side, which packages the cushion together and offers room for storing items (including your passport and travel documents) when worn as a quilt.
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Do you want to dress like your bed?
In her discussion of creating a wardrobe that mirrors the colors and patterns on our beds, Joanna Ross, General Manager of Product & Innovation at Sheridan, explained that this daring and unconventional trend is becoming increasingly more popular. It is, perhaps, unsurprising that the furniture chain has experimented with fashion, as, according to Joanna, interior and fashion design are entirely intertwined.
'Our closets are often filled with more color, texture, and drama than our own living spaces,' Joanna began.
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She continued: 'Be bold and bring your personal style not only to your daily life but at night in your sheets. We feel fearless and motivated when dressed in our favorite outfit, so why not apply this same attitude to creating your dream bed too? If your bedroom is styled with modern furnishings or a contemporary color palette, adding a classic floral or a traditional style print into the mix will feel fresh and new.'
'It's a bold move, but one that will certainly pay off this season in fashion as well as in interiors,' Joanna added.
We're completely convinced. You can pick up FÄLTMAL for £25/$34 online from April.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly loves writing about contemporary styles and trends for Livingetc.
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