With TÄNKVÄRD collection, made of rattan, cotton, linen, jute, and seagrass,
IKEA continues to explore a more sustainable – and fluid – way of living.
The textiles and light-weight rattan furniture that make up TÄNKVÄRD are tenable in more ways than one. Not only are they durable and made of flax, jute, and cotton grown using less chemicals and water – many of the objects have dual functions. Take the room divider that works as a clothes hanger, for example, or the storage basket doubling as a bag.
“All items in TÄNKVÄRD have been designed with sustainability and flexibility in focus. These are products that you can mix however you like and bring with you to the beach or the park if you want to. Even the furniture is easy to move around”, says Mats Nilsson, who shares the role of Creative Leader with Mette Nissen.
Working with natural fibres, not least rattan, also means that no two products will be exactly the same. The material has a life of its own, which in turn creates unique expressions.
Nike Karlsson, Iina Vuorivirta, and Akanksha Deo are the designer trio behind TÄNKVÄRD.
“We’ve explored lots of different techniques”, says Akanksha Deo, who leaned on her experience from working with artisans in India when designing the textiles.
“By integrating the beauty of handicraft into a mass production process, each product gets added character. I’ve tried to create textiles that are tactile, honest, and accepting – so you’ll want to keep them with you for years”.
TÄNKVÄRD collection will be available for a limited time starting in 2019.
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