It’s all about materials when it comes to Ikea’s latest collection for the bedroom and bathroom.
Tankvard is made from natural fibres and materials for a softer, more tactile experience. The collection features furniture as well as textiles and home accessories.
“This collection is a response to a theme that we at Ikea call ‘better habits’. It’s all about self-care: embracing what is calming, pleasing and relaxing. It’s about going back to basic human needs,” said Akanksha Deo, an Ikea designer based in Delhi, India, who is responsible for the textile products.
The development of the textiles was something very close to her heart, as Akanksha has done a lot of work with indigo and natural dyes in India.
“Everything started with creating a visual language, beginning with the patterns and how we could play with them. Then our focus shifted to the actual materials.
“We knew it was important to create finished products with calming and relaxing qualities, so we didn’t just focus on the materials themselves.”
“It was also about how they were constructed and then finished. And as we knew the materials needed to be natural, the selection narrowed quite quickly to linen, cotton and a jacquard blend,” she added.
The textiles are designed in linen and better cotton and include bed linens, towels, throws, pillows, lamps, rugs and kimonos. (Better cotton refers to cotton derived from farming methods that reduce stress on the local environment and improve the livelihoods and welfare of farming communities.)
Tankvard also blends fresh Scandinavian appeal with Japanese calmness.
“I really like the kimono, partly because I come from a fashion background, and partly because it’s just an attractive piece. It’s a new type of product for Ikea – a garment that you wear – and it’s also connected to the home, especially the bed and bathroom,” said Akanksha, adding that the kimono comes in two sizes.
“We wanted to create something that people can form an emotional connection with, something that will make them feel homey and warm, now and for years to come,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ikea designers Iina Vuorivirta and Nike Karlsson developed Tankvard pieces made of natural fibres, from lightweight rattan furniture to seagrass baskets.
“The furniture pieces were made to support the textiles. It’s when their textures and colours are combined that the collection truly comes together,” said Vuorivirta.
Rattan, added the duo, is sustainable and distinctive. It also grows fast and supports the livelihood of local communities around Indonesia.
“It’s truly one of my favourite materials, so I wanted to highlight its natural beauty by leaving the poles unpolished. We also wanted to maintain that natural beauty in the construction, with no unnecessary flourishes,” said Vuorivirta.
One of the pieces is a rack that’s simple in design yet very functional.
“I like to think of Tankvard as the rawness of nature, brought indoors. I designed a piece that’s technically a room divider, but there are actually plenty of other ways to use it. My own name for this piece was ‘open wardrobe’.
“There’s something about how you can hang your clothes on it in an easy, casual way that feels very right with the whole atmosphere of the Tankvard collection,” said Vuorivirta.
The collection also includes other products like bags and baskets which are woven from durable jute or sea grass.