This Home Brand Repurposes Unsold IKEA Doors Into Handwoven Gems

published Jun 5, 2021
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Upcycled doors from IKEA serve as the foundation of the handwoven basketry door inserts from Wabbani, a home decor enterprise that collaborates with indigenous artisans from Guyana, South America to produce handmade products. With a mission to create fair-wage employment and generate funds for community development in the remote villages in Guyana, Wabbani has teamed up with IKEA to make use of the furniture retailer’s unsold doors — and diverting products from the landfill — by creating limited-edition IKEA doors with a handwoven flare: adding the indigenous-made panels onto the doors. 

The wardrobe doors, all of which range between $267 and $288 depending on style, come in a collection of four options: Annatto, Rainy Doors, June Green, and Tattoo Blue. Each option comes in a selection of prints and patterns, including a repetitive diamondback anaconda print and chevron-like print. All of the upcycled IKEA doors are a light beige, but can be painted over to match Wabbani’s different handwoven panels. All of the options are compatible with IKEA’s PAX wardrobe system

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Alternatively, Wabbani also sells the handwoven add-on basketry inserts for other types of IKEA furniture and kitchen cabinets — the latter of which are all compatible with IKEA’s SEKTION kitchen cabinets, including Grimslov, Tohamn, Lerhyttan, Bjorket, and Ekestad. The kitchen and furniture inserts come in the same general color and patterns available for the wardrobe doors. Prices for the collections range between $22 and $89.

Wabbani culminated from the work of Rupununi Learners Foundation and Caiman House Incorporated, two nonprofit organizations that both support environmental, social, and educational programs in the Rupununi region of Guyana in South America. To learn more about the products, visit Wabbani