Inspired by the Nordic sauna culture, a collection of everyday objects
The much-awaited collaboration from two of our favourite Scandinavian brands has arrived and it does not disappoint. The limited-edition collection which consists of 26 products with vibrant prints, ranging from furniture to glassware and textiles will be available globally starting this March. IKEA and Marimekko launch the BASTUA collection.
The collction name, BASTUA, is a term used to describe sauna in Småland, a region in Southern Sweden where IKEA was founded. As a starting point, the collection embraces the idea of self-care rituals, enjoying time by the lake over warm summer months or winding down after a long day.
Patterns inspired by Nordic nature
One of the focal point prints is inspired by the large, decorative rhubarb leaves that sometimes grow next to sauna buildings in Finland and is displayed on many items including the iconic FRAKTA bag.
Capturing the essence of Marimekko’s Finnish roots and its connection to the historic origins of sauna culture was a fundamental part of the design journey and the creation of the BASTUA prints, says Rebekka Bay, Creative Director at Marimekko.
Nordic Furniture Design
“Nordic furniture design has always been characterised by clean lines and simple constructions that focus on function” says Mikael Axelsson, Designer at IKEA. “The BASTUA side table is my take on this heritage as it is made of birch veneer and with a high edge that keeps things in place.”
The collection consists of a variety of items ranging from furniture, glassware, and textiles with the vibrant prints. The robes, towels and the first-ever sauna bucket are items one would traditionally use when enjoying a sauna, while the other items are encouraged to be used before or after a sauna ritual whether it’s enjoying a light meal, a cushiony soft seat to feel more grounded, and ways to create a more calm atmosphere such as lighting the BASTUA candle which is infused with aromas ranging from elderflower, rhubarb and sweet vanilla.
Ranging from furniture, glassware and textiles with vibrant prints, the collection is intended to follow Marimekko’s mission which is to empower people to be happy as they are and bring joy to their everyday lives through bold prints and colours.
Let’s take a look!
The IKEA and Marimekko BASTUA collection will be available March 2023.