Has your IKEA catalogue arrived? Mine showed up a few nights ago and I've poured through the whole thing.
Here are a few of the new things that jumped out at me. (And this time, I'm SURE they're new, since the catalogue identifies them as such. No mistakey-poos, like last time I posted on such things.)
I'm in love with these SANELA curtains. They're 100% cotton velvet and they come in such a pretty turquoise blue. It's a bit like a Tiffany blue, actually. $79.99 for a pair of panels. They appear on page 40 of the 2012 catalogue (and on subsequent pages).
Speaking of turquoise, here's another new thing I noticed: The classic MALM is now going to come in grey-turquoise in addition to the more run-of-the-mill shades always offered. It's priced at $99. Kind of a fun update. See it on page 64 of the catalogue.
There's also this "kitchen cart" in turquoise. It appears MANY times in the catalogue, notably on page 109. I don't know how I feel about it. It has a retro feel, but ... I sort of think it's ugly. Am I wrong? It's $69.99.
Getting away from turquoise for a moment, take a look at this new series of shelving units. The series is called VITTSJö and features pieces made of tempered glass and powder-coated steel. The look is surprisingly luxe, and yet, inexpensive. This unit is only $50 and a piece that is around double this size is $90. You could spray paint the steel gold and the piece would look like a high-end étagère. (I'd totally try that if I had the space for more shelving.) See it online or on page 150.
I thought this low-pile LAPPLJUNG RUTA rug was sort of cool and graphic at first. Only $89.99, 200 x 200 cm (about 6.5 ft square). But what's with that banding detail!? Kind of ruins the whole thing for me. (See it on page 183.)
Alternately, here's another new black and white number from the rug department: the FERLE rug. Only $39.99. Low pile polyppropylene. Maybe for a kid's room? Seems sort of fun. It's a little small (195 x 133 cm or about 6.5 by 4.5 feet), but it's way cheap and probably hardwearing.
On to something I expect to be a big seller: the new TARVA line. It's untreated there are several pieces to chose from. (This dresser is $139.) It reminds me of the regularly-hacked RAST piece. Lots of potential to customize here, hence my prediction that it will sell. Might be a bit pricey (considering that the RAST is only $39.99), but the styling is nicer... I'd buy it. And then I'd go crazy hacking it into something unrecognizable. See it on page 265.
And with that, I'm going to end as I usually do when writing an IKEA post: on an ugly note. What is UP with this effing lamp? I usually think the IKEA PS collections are wonderful, but this lamp 2012 LED lamp makes me gag. It's (obviously) inspired by a tutu. Ick. I won't tell you what page(s) it appears on. You'll notice it every time. And if you're like me, you'll gag. Every time.
Oh well. When it comes to IKEA, you can't win 'em all.
Anyhoo babaloo, those are the things that jumped out at me. I might have to take a run over the IKEA to check 'em out in person. Happy Friday.