Talk about texture! What the black, white and shades-of-gray SVARTAN collection—coming to IKEA stores this September—lacks in color, it more than makes up for in pattern and texture.
Though masterful designer Martin Bergström calls Sweden home, the SVARTAN collection has roots in India (a trip to the South Asian subcontinent spurred inspiration for the line) and was dreamed up in collaboration with 25 students from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi. Rather than focus on the vibrant colors the country is known for, Bergström plays up patina, patterns and light, instead. The resulting designs are perfectly imperfect pieces you'll want to keep for years to come.
With the addition of these black-and-white posters on handmade paper—each one is only $10!—IKEA just won the affordable art game. The indecisive shoppers among us will be happy to hear that they can buy all four designs and it will still be cheaper than one piece anywhere else. SVARTAN Posters, $10 each.
These sturdy wooden side tables double as stools. Slightly wonky legs and a rough hewn top give these little accessories a lot of personality. SVARTAN side table / stool, $30 and $50.
The glass bottles in the collection are mouth-blown, making each piece unique and unpredictable. SVARTAN decorative glass bottles, $8-17 each.
The patterns on these pillows show some of the 15 designs chosen for the collection, narrowed down from the 2,000 drawings created during Bergström's workshop with India's future fashion designers. SVARTAN cushion cover, $5 for 20" by 20" and $7 for 26" by 26".
You can fold away this metal table when you're not using it as a snack station. Like many of SVARTAN's pieces, this design is a blend of new and old: The matte black metal is of-the-moment, while the textured top is reminiscent of aging walls. SVARTAN tray table, $60.
The minimalist collection isn't without a few playful surprises, such as the metal ring looped through each metal piece, which is a replica of the designer's nose ring. Decorative bowl, $25.
The mold for this coated aluminum bowl was formed by hand and inspired by an old Indian vessel. SVARTAN decorative bowl, $35.
Textiles steal the show—with patterns resembling bark, inkblots and scribbles. SVARTAN twin duvet set, $40 for duvet and pillowcase.
Look for all of these items in IKEA stores this September. And in case you somehow missed it, here's a look at what's ahead at IKEA in 2017. Start marking your calendars and making your wish lists!