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5 New Ikea Products We Love From the Holiday Collection

Furniture and accessories for cozy meals and holiday gatherings.

October  3, 2019
Photo by IKEA U.S.A.

Fall is about feeling warm and comforted. As I write this, it’s 90°F in New York, and it’s the wrong kind of warm, and decidedly not comfortable. So, I’m happy for any reminders that my favorite season is indeed lurking right around the corner.

Which is why IKEA’s new collection is so well-timed, with its special range of holiday homeware. Aptly named Värmer, which means “warming” in Swedish (add that to your glossary of Scandinavian buzzwords), the collection hopes to embody everything that we love about the holidays: inviting interiors, cozy gatherings, great conversation (and cakes and casseroles).

Aesthetically, the collection achieves a vibe that’s both warm and cozy and super Scandi and chill, which is interesting, but not surprising, given that it's been designed by two husband-wife designer teams from two different parts of the world—one from Sweden, the other from Kenya (which goes to prove holiday season is holiday season, snow or sunshine). That the designers “used their own families as the starting point for a truly personal collection” makes things even more, well … värmer.

Here are five products that we’d love to own ourselves:

1. Extra-wide chair

This chair is the physical embodiment of a warm and cozy hug. And that’s because that’s exactly what it’s intended for. It’s no coincidence that this easy chair is slightly wider—the idea is that two people should be able to sit together and enjoy being close, with or without a warming beverage in hand.

An extra-wide chair for two. Photo by IKEA U.S.A.

2. Ash Veneer Basket

Can anyone have too many baskets? Nope. Never. This beautifully minimal basket is the perfect addition to any collection, to store and to organize things: books you want to binge read, fluffy throws, wood for the fireplace … I could think of a million uses for it.

My wicker baskets have serious competition. Photo by IKEA U.S.A.

3. Chandelier with candles

A good chandelier does more than just brighten up a room—it can totally transform a space. And when it comes with candles, farmhouse-style, it creates an even more inviting glow to bask under.

Bring some farmhouse chic into your home (even if all you have is a studio). Photo by IKEA U.S.A.

4. Blue stoneware Bowls

The Kenyan design duo were inspired by Swahili porcelain and Kenyan Kanga fabrics when they designed these snack bowls. “During the winter festive season, it’s hot in Kenya and it’s the harvest season for avocados, which gave us the idea for the shape,” they said of the design. We think these are ripe for a Netflix-marathon party as receptacles for a selection of fall-perfect snacks and appetizers.

Extra points for being shaped like an avocado. Photo by IKEA U.S.A.

5. Spinning tops, set of three

When holiday dinner conversations get touchy, as they sometimes can (because, family!), distract your guests with a colorful spinning top (or three). Or you could challenge them to compete to see who does the dishes.

A new spin on an old childhood favorite. Photo by IKEA U.S.A.

What's your favorite product from this collection? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by: Arati Menon

Arati grew up hanging off the petticoat-tails of three generations of Indian matriarchs who used food to speak their language of love—and she finds herself instinctually following suit. Life has taken her all across the world, but she carries with her a menagerie of inherited home and kitchen objects that serve as her anchor. Formerly at GQ and Architectural Digest, she's now based in Brooklyn.


Tamara G. November 26, 2019
love the daybed...is that from Ikea as well?
Arati M. November 26, 2019
I looked for it, Tamara and couldn't find it for you. It may not have been released yet. If I spot it, you'll be the first to know!
Alexandra M. November 25, 2019
Hi! Where is the beautiful blue rug from?
Arati M. November 25, 2019
It's part of the same collection, Alexandra. Here's the link for you: https://fave.co/2pKFnyG
Karen October 6, 2019
I liked the items. Thanks for sharing. The avocado blue bowl is especially appealing to me.
Mary E. October 4, 2019
Nothing “holiday” or really inviting about any of these items. You must be hard up to create copy. Who would feel hugged by a hard black chair? Or comfy? What imagination.
Lisa K. November 24, 2019
I don’t agree with you Mary E. The Scandinavian/ Nordic look is a huge decor movement, throw a fur pelt or chunky knit throw over that chair and it’s the bomb! Use your imagination ;) ! Cheers!
Thank you food 52 —I am huge fan.
Jane November 25, 2019
I agree Mary! And the description says “easy chair”. Wha...?