11 Amazing Vintage IKEA Pieces We Wish They Would Bring Back

published Aug 17, 2015
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There is some pretty great stuff at IKEA. But it’s hard not to be jealous of IKEA shoppers from the 70s and 80s when you see some of the amazing stuff that used to line the retailer’s shelves. Here are eleven favorite vintage pieces that we’d love to see make a comeback.

Above: IKEA’s TAJT, seen here on the cover of their 1973 catalog (via Scraphacker), is a pretty clever design — and maybe the most attractive chair-that-turns-into-a-bed I’ve ever seen.

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This couch, also spotted on Scraphacker, is pretty fantastic.

(Image credit: Niels Gammelgaard)

A Bertoia-esque chair, designed by Niels Gammelgaard for IKEA and introduced in 1986. I’ve spotted this one in a few European interiors.

(Image credit: Niels Gammelgaard)

These folding chairs, also by Niels Gammelgaard, might not look super comfortable, but they are quite attractive.

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This is the ombre DUETT lamp, spotted on Anyas Vintage.

(Image credit: Neils Gammelgaard)
(Image credit: Neils Gammelgaard)
(Image credit: Neils Gammelgaard)

I seriously covet this MOMENT sofa, by Neils Gammelgaard.

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Here it is on the cover of IKEA’s 1985 catalog. That is one good-looking sofa. IKEA may have made some design missteps in the 80s, but this was not one of them.

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The elegant KROKEN lounger, spotted on the cover of the 1979 catalog (via Home Designing).

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These sling chairs, spotted on Retronu, are pretty sweet (and the matching table is nice, too).

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These loungers and matching ottomans, spotted on Nordiska Style, embody everything that was great about 70s design.

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These folding chairs, spotted at Hung Up on Retro, would be at home in pretty much any decor. (And is that a velvet TAJT in the foreground?)

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Verner Panton, designer of the famous S Chair, also created a chair for IKEA called the VILBERT. The chairs were produced in limited quantities and, as you might expect, sold out rather quickly, but they do crop up on eBay from time to time. Image from IKEA the Book, via F7.

Feeling nostalgic? You might like: 10 Amazing Things from the 1965 Sears Catalog

Re-edited from a post originally published 8.17.15-nt