Last week I came across a magazine blurb describing a recently launched limited edition range called Trendig 2013 by IKEA. The interesting twist is that the capsule collection is a fusion of Scandinavian and Chinese design. I am Chinese, and I’m sometimes skeptical when there’s yet another East-meets-West fusion product as it feels contrived, but I am impressed with this IKEA collection. The ones that caught my eye:
1. Cabinet - My favourite of the lot. It’s a clever combination of the intricate lattice doors and red handles which are both distinct Chinese influences, but the clean lines and pastel colours are a nod to the Scandinavian aesthetic. I think this is really the best product of the entire collection.
2. Plates collection - Various plates that marries the minimal Scandinavian style with oriental motifs. Love the simplicity of the designs.
3. Salt & pepper shaker - Subtle hints to Chinese influence via the pattern and colours, while the material of the shakers (birch and beech wood) are popular in Scandinavian interior design.
4. Rice paper lampshade - Rice paper lampshades aren’t new to IKEA but the little burst of red is a nod to the traditional Chinese element.
5. Chopping/butcher board - Nothing overtly spectacular here, but it reminds me of the chopping boards my parents have always used back home. :)
6. Occasional table - This is interesting. It resembles the little trolleys you see in Chinese restaurants but with a very modern Scandi twist. This could work as a little bar cart or just a kitchen trolley at home.
7. Dining table - I think the Scandinavian influence is a lot stronger in this lovely dining table – white and clean. I’d buy this if I didn’t already have a dining table!
I think IKEA did well in their interpretation of the fusion of two distinctly different design styles. I’m keen to see what unlikely combination they’ll try next. Which of these are your favourites?