When two of our favorite Nordic brands come together, you know something good is in store. Famed Finnish design house Marimekko has joined forces with the Swedish powerhouse that is IKEA to launch a collection of four new patterns inspired by nature, wellness, and self-care, and they're possibly the prettiest designs we've ever seen.
The limited-edition BASTUA collection, available from March, consists of 26 products with vibrant prints ranging from furniture to glassware, but it's the sauna-inspired products for your modern bathroom that really steal the show (unsurprising when you learn “BASTUA” is used to describe "sauna" in Southern Sweden.) The new patterns are so pretty in fact, that they might have just made shower curtains cool again.
Lilith is an expert at following news and trends across the world of interior design. A personal fan of the Scandi-inspired interior, her job entails keeping up with everything there is to know about the Swedish powerhouse IKEA. Here she explores their latest collection...
The bold and beautiful patterns in the collaboration are inspired by Finnish sauna culture, the hero print being a decorative rhubarb leaf motif, a plant that often grows next to sauna buildings in Finland.
'Capturing the essence of Marimekko’s Finnish roots and its connection to the historic origins of sauna culture was a fundamental part of the design journey and the creation of the BASTUA prints,' says Rebekka Bay, Creative Director at Marimekko.
All of the products in the collection are the perfect addition to a spa bathroom. Robes, towels, and the first-ever sauna bucket are all items traditionally used when enjoying a sauna, but can equally be repurposed for lounging by your poolside. The other items are encouraged to be used before or after a sauna ritual, such as a cushiony soft seat and a calming candle infused with aromas of elderflower, rhubarb, and sweet vanilla.
'Collaborating with Marimekko was a natural choice for IKEA as we're both committed to enabling a better everyday life at home, and with the BASTUA collection, it begins with focusing on wellness first,' says Henrik Most, Creative Leader at IKEA. 'The collaboration encapsulates the sensations of endless summers and the simple and aesthetic beauty of Nordic nature.'
If steam rooms aren't your vibe, the BASTUA collection also comprises furniture items too, all similarly inspired by Nordic designs. The classic side table, complimented by the coordinated trays and glassware in the collection, allows you to inject color and personality into your kitchen. The durable plastic materials of the kitchenware are also ideal for alfresco dining as we edge closer to summer.
'Nordic furniture design has always been characterized by clean lines and simple constructions that focus on function,' says Mikael Axelsson, Designer at IKEA. 'The BASTUA side table is my take on this heritage as it's made of birch veneer and with a high edge that keeps things in place.'
Vibrantly patterned furniture that's stylish as well as functional? That's something we can get behind.
Complete the look with these Marimekko accessories
Match your shower design with this bathrobe, from Marimekko. Made of cotton waffle in the iconic Unikko pattern, the kimono-style robe has long, loose sleeves, side seam pockets, and a detachable belt for ultimate spa-like comfort.
Add a splash of color to your bathroom with this blue hand towel from Marimekko. The Seireeni pattern is inspired by the movement of water, making the perfect addition to your spa-like space.
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Lilith Hudson is the News Editor at Livingetc, and an expert at decoding trends and reporting on them as they happen. Writing news, features, and explainers for our digital platform, she's the go-to person for all the latest micro-trends, interior hacks, and color inspiration you need in your home. Lilith discovered a love for lifestyle journalism during her BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham where she spent more time writing for her student magazine than she did studying. After graduating, she decided to take things a step further and now holds an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London, with previous experience at the Saturday Times Magazine, Evening Standard, DJ Mag, and The Simple Things Magazine. At weekends you'll find her renovating a tiny one-up, one-down annex next to her Dad's holiday cottage in the Derbyshire dales where she applies all the latest design ideas she's picked up through the week.
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