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Marimekko’s Splashy Prints Punch Up Ikea Collab

Scandinavian companies Ikea and Marimekko have joined forces for a new collection of furnishings, textiles and home goods.

The Bastua collection is inspired by Nordic nature, wellness and self-care rituals. The line includes 26 products featuring prints and patterns created by Marimekko. This is the first time the Finnish design company has created a set of prints exclusively for a brand collaboration.

“Collaborating with Marimekko was a natural choice for Ikea, as we are both committed to enabling a better everyday life at home,” said Henrik Most, creative leader, Ikea. “And with the Bastua collection, it begins with focusing on wellness first. The collaboration encapsulates the sensations of endless summers and the simple and aesthetic beauty of Nordic nature in furniture and accessories for the home.” 

The sauna wellness experience plays an important role in the collection. In addition to furniture, glassware, and textiles with Marimekko’s vibrant prints, the line includes robes, towels and a sauna bucket, as well as candles infused with aromas ranging from elderflower, rhubarb and sweet vanilla.

“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,” said Rebekka Bay, creative director, Marimekko.

Furniture pieces in the Bastua collection were created to reflect Nordic design styles, with sleek, clean lines and functional features. For example, the side table was designed to fit serving trays for entertaining.

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“Nordic furniture design has always been characterized by clean lines and simple constructions that focus on function,” said Mikael Axelsson, designer, Ikea. “The Bastua side table is my take on this heritage, as it is made of birch veneer and with a high edge that keeps things in place.”

The Bastua collection will be launched in all Ikea markets in March.