6 New IKEA Products We're Really Excited About

New furniture! New kitchenware! New meatballs!

June 12, 2019
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Where would we be without IKEA and its insanely useful furniture, not to mention the surprisingly legit Swedish food? I know it’s been said before, but for a business built on affordable dining room sets and impossible-to-pronounce product names, IKEA is no slouch in its grocery department—you can even get sustainable seafood!

Most recently, the Nordic chain held its Democratic Design Days 2019 event in Älmhult, Sweden, and announced a ton of new products, cool collaborations, and even a mysterious endeavor with one of the founders of Noma restaurant. Below are some of the upcoming projects we’re most excited about:

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Ocean Plastic Comes Home

Available at IKEA stores in Italy and Spain this autumn is MUSSELBLOMMA, a collection made entirely from recycled plastic, including PET plastic waste caught in nets in the Mediterranean Sea and collected by Spanish fishermen.

“We want to help people to be conscious about the problem of the big amount of plastic waste in our oceans,” said designer Inma Bermúdez. “It is a must that we all take responsibility, every day. The colours in the collection are taken from the sea: different greens and turquoise combined with coral that brings light and happiness to the pattern.”

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Sustainable Farming, Sustained by Design

In partnership with industrial designer Tom Dixon, IKEA looks into the future of agriculture (and the future of the climate) with “a series of smart solutions for home growing.” With the goal of reducing food waste as well as cultivating healthier food habits, the Dixon project will expand the world of indoor growing for individuals and families looking to take a more direct role in their food production.

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“Every day brings miserable headlines about the destruction of our natural world,” said designer Tom Dixon. “I think many people feel they want to contribute to change and one thing that we all can do is nurture the world by growing. Without plants we are nothing.”

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A Kitchen Collection That Cleans the Air

Launching in fall of this year, a collection including straw mats and bowls will take rice straws—a byproduct from rice harvesting that has historically been burned, leading to significant air pollution—and turn them into kitchenware.

“Growing up in India, I have never been able to take clean air for granted,” said IKEA designer Akanksha Deo. ”Heavy air pollution is part of mine and many other people’s everyday life. The idea of doing something that contributes to improving the situation has given me a lot of energy. We wanted to reflect this important topic in this collection.”

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A Helping Hand at Home

Developed with comfort, function, and safety in mind, IKEA’s existing OMTÄNKSAM (Swedish for “thoughtful”) collection will be expanded to include ergonomic products in the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Currently, the range includes comfortable chairs that are easy to get in and out of, cushions, and jar grippers to help you unscrew lids.

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No-Meat Meatballs

At this year’s Democratic Design Days, visitors got to taste a brand new, plant-based protein version of IKEA’s classic Swedish meatballs. The new meatball is made with plant-based alternative proteins, ingredients including pea protein and pea starch, potato flakes, oats, and apple.

“We know that the IKEA meatballs are loved by the many, and for years the meatballs have been the most popular dish in our restaurants," said Michael La Cour, managing director at IKEA Food Services AB. “We also see a growing demand from our customers to have access to more sustainable food options, and we want to meet that need.”

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IKEA x Claus Meyer

Details are still in the works, but IKEA announced an open-ended partnership with Claus Meyer, the founder of New Nordic Cuisine as well as the cofounder of Noma. “We have just started the collaboration and are still in the exploration phase,” an IKEA representative told Food52. “No concrete development of a new dish, product or menu item has been decided yet, but it’s part of the possibilities we will explore in the upcoming months. Together with Claus Meyer, IKEA Food has identified certain areas where we see great potential:

“We want to side with the next generation and enable them to become ambassadors for good food, by creating a food offer that has the well-being of both people and planet at heart. Together with Claus, IKEA Food wants to inspire and enable the younger generation to make good food choices today that can help in creating a more sustainable tomorrow."

Which of these new collections are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.

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babswool June 25, 2019
love the MUSSELBLOMMA HOpe it's available in the USA soon.
Emily B. June 21, 2019
Any idea when that chair is going to be available at IKEA?!? Or if it will come in black??
chefwannabe June 20, 2019
what is the name of the red chest above? I cannot find it on the IKEA website
Roberta June 20, 2019
I think this 2 legged chest is a new design. It must be anchored to the wall to work and to prevent it from tipping and thus reduce potential for harming children. I don’t think it will be available until next year - 2020, from what I’ve read.
Suzanne C. June 16, 2019
IKEA also sells a bag and backpack that fold into small sizes to keep in your purse. No need for more plastic bags when you shop anywhere! Everyone should buy these: the bags are about $2.00. I’ve given them to loads of friends.
Sharon I. June 23, 2019
I live in a large apartment building. We have garbage chutes. We do not put items individually down the chutes, we put them in a bag of some sort. SO every day, I collect items for recycling and taken them to a location in our building. And then I have a collection of things that are not recyclable that have to be sent down that garbage chute for carting off to a landfill. I know that our society's eventual goal is to have NOTHING taken to landfills, for EVERYTHING to be recycled. But we're not near there yet.
When I go to the grocery store, I usually take a bag. Some days I do not, but rather pay a nickel for a plastic bag that I will use to contain unrecyclables and send them down the garbage chute. I cannot throw a handful of apple peels or the fat I've taken off a piece of meat down the chute without containing them in some sort of bag.
Anyone have any suggestions what could be used instead of a plastic bag?