Believe it or not, 75 years have passed since Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA from his uncle's kitchen table. In celebration, the iconic Swedish retailer is launching a limited-edition vintage collection dubbed GRATULERA, which celebrates IKEA design throughout the years.
August 2018 will re-introduce a collection of classics from the 1950s and 1960s era, while October will showcase colourful icons from the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, December will welcome minimalist must-haves from the 1990s and 2000s.
"Each launch is very different, signifying its time period; from dark woods with a classic expression, to a very playful style with strong colors, and then to a more minimal look with natural light woods and graphic colors," said Karin Gustavsson, creative leader or IKEA of Sweden, in a press release. "We must admit, we’ve missed them quite a bit, and hope you have too."
While the GRATULERA products will only be available to shop in stores in August, October, and December of 2018, get a sneak peek of the vintage revival pieces below.
August 2018: Classic comebacks from the 1950s and 1960s
"Step into the 50-60s; a time in IKEA that brought about some of its very first icon products. The designs capture a sombre expression where darker woods meet classic lines. The flat-pack idea came about by chance. IKEA coworker Gillis Lundgren spontaneously decided to remove the legs of the table to make it fit into his tiny car and avoid damage during transit. Today, almost all IKEA products are flat-packaged. In other words: easier transportation and fewer trucks on the road."
October 2018: Fun favourites from the 1970s and 1980s
"We're reminiscing back to the 70s and 80s with a smile on our faces. It’s bold, colourful and fun. No one in IKEA can talk about this era without mentioning the beloved KLIPPAN sofa. Once the living room was declared a place for children, KLIPPAN was created with the idea of a sofa that could withstand the human need to play. For GRATULERA, new covers will come in a bright yellow, fiery red and a cool cobalt blue."
December 2018: Minimal must-haves from the 1990s and 2000s
"Looking back upon the 90s, it doesn't feel that long ago, right? It's simple and minimal, mixing untreated, blonde Scandinavian woods with graphic patterns," reads the IKEA press release. "During the 90s, we went for a more natural expression. I think the sculptural furniture of Thomas Sandell is iconic. The small bench with wheels on one end, and legs on the other, was a design piece desired by so many people at that time," adds Gustavsson.