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Ikea is a name that is known around the world for accessible yet stylish furniture. Since its inception in 1943 it has produced many items that have changed the way we look at furniture and interior design forever. As a company that has been active for over 70 years, Ikea has built up a huge back catalogue of items, and many pieces of vintage Ikea furniture are becoming ever more popular as time goes on. Take a look through the pieces we have available here at Vinterior and find your next feature piece now.
Why consider vintage Ikea furnitureWith such an incredible range of items and an endless array of flat-pack, mass-produced items, you may think that Ikea furniture is a brand that would not feature here at Vinterior. And when it comes to cheap and cheerful flat-pack items of furniture you would be right. However, it would be foolish to ignore the incredible impact that some of Ikea’s designs have had on the furniture world over the course of the 20th century.
The restrictions that were placed upon the design team at Ikea throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s meant that they had to get very creative in their designs. Homes were smaller and budgets were tight, and this meant that the levels of creativity needed to achieve a premium Scandinavian aesthetic on a tight budget knew no bounds. This is one of the main reasons which vintage furniture from this era is so popular today, and if you manage to track down a piece it will almost certainly form a talking point in your home.
Why you should shop for vintage Ikea furnitureFrom the sleek curves of the TAJT, a beautiful chair that doubles up as a bed, through to the utilitarian design of the Bertoia-esque chair created by Niels Gammelgaard in the 1980s, some of the brightest talents in the design world have worked on projects for Ikea over the course of the last 70 years.
Take a look, for instance, at the eye-catching wooden frame and sleek linen seat of the Karin Mobring easy chair. First designed in the 1970s this chair – known as the Safari chair – helped to lead the way in occasional chairs. Light enough to be moveable within the home from living room to kitchen to conservatory and with enough detail to create intrigue (look for the leather belt detailing to the rear), there is nothing ugly or poorly thought through about this piece.
And who said that Ikea didn’t make products that were individual. You need only look at the Verner Panton “Vilbert” chair designed in 1993 to see how colour and high concept merge to create a piece of artwork for the home. Like many of the Ikea pieces you will find listed here at Vinterior, the Vilbert chair was a limited edition design with only 4,000 ever made. So, if you catch it among our listings, don’t let it pass you by.