"On the move" - I can't think of a better way to describe my life at the moment. For the last 6 years, I've been renting places, and attempting to nest and settle in, while reminding myself not to get too comfy (because who knows how long I'll be living here!) Being in a long distance relationship only added to that feeling of temporary placement. I always knew that moving to another country was a possibility, and then what would I do with all my stuff?
Now I'm living in New Zealand, renting a cute little fully-furnished apartment on the water. It's a lovely place that took all the hassle out of trying to furnish a home from scratch. But I crave settling in and putting my own personal touch on the space. I'm not even allowed to hang frames! I hate to spend lots of the money on decorating, when I'll most likely be moving out in a year. And don't get me started on the lack of storage in this place.
Enter IKEA PS 2014. The new 2014 Collection, revealed last week, is designed specifically for and by those on the move, what IKEA calls "young creative urbanites".
I have mixed feelings about IKEA. Over the past few years, I've begun to cultivate a love of interior design, but as a renter have had a hard time investing in special pieces for my home or justifying making those big purchases. I'm drawn to meaningful and unique pieces that make me feel like I'm in some luxurious hotel in an exotic country. They spark memories, inspire creativity and stimulate conversation. While IKEA's designs are simple, functional and budget-friendly, most of the conversations I have concerning IKEA furniture are, "Hey, I have the same couch!"
Still as a renter in my mid-twenties, IKEA just makes sense right now. In the past IKEA has helped my home look finished and lived-in when I couldn't afford to splurge on original pieces. And I am happy to see them bringing some new colors and mid-century style to their store. Here are five of my favorite pieces from their PS 2014 Collection.
Like I said, my apartment is seriously lacking storage. I still haven't figured out where to keep my magazines, notebooks and pens. My tools currently share a drawer with the cutlery in the kitchen. This little storage table is the perfect place for storing those items. It's functional, colorful and would work nicely as a side table, night stand or extra office storage.
If there's one thing I miss about renting a house, it's having a bit of outdoor space. Living in California, I loved having a garden to grow my tomatoes, jalapeños and lemons. Living in an apartment, there's not much room for plants, and I haven't quite found a great way to display the few herbs I'm attempting the grow inside. This little greenhouse is perfect! It holds 3 plants and is down-right adorable.
Love this desk. NEED this desk. I am currently alternating from couch to dinner table while I work, and oh how I miss having a desk and office space. This little guy folds right up and could also serve as a nice little shelf for my photos and new greenhouse. ;)
Finally, a clothing rack that actually looks cool! Currently the closets in my apartment are college dorm size. My clothes are dying to emerge from the air-tight plastic bags that they were smuggled here in. This wardrobe is functional, colorful, and easy on the eyes. The lightweight wires of the wardrobe help to open up a space, rather than becoming the clunky piece of furniture in the room. I love the idea of displaying a few items on the top as well (especially since I can't put holes in the wall.)
I love rugs. I have no problem designing an entire room around a wild and crazy rug. But rugs can be so expensive. This rug is a little bit country and little bit rock and roll - a mix of neutrals, pastels and bold colors paired with the geometric pattern. It almost reminds me a bit of Mondrian. The colors and patterns open the room up to plenty of opportunities to mix and match accessories. And best of all, this rug won't break the bank!
The IKEA PS 2014 range hits US stores on April 1st.
Now that I've fallen in love with some of these pieces, I can only hope that an IKEA will finally open up in New Zealand. I'm hearing rumors there may be one popping up in Auckland, which would definitely justify a road trip.
The 50+ pieces that comprise the series, are not just core functional objects, but work to respond to how young people live, focusing particularly on modularity, mobility and multi-functionality.
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The designers responsible for bringing together the IKEA PS 2014 collection are: Tomás Alonso, UK; Keiji Ashizawa, Japan; Nicolas Cortolezzis, Sweden; Matali Crasset, France; Anna Efverlund, China; Maja Ganszyniec, Poland; Mathias Hahn, UK; Paweł Jasiewicz, Poland; Jon Karlsson, Sweden; Krystian Kowalski, Poland; Margrethe Odegaard, Denmark; Henrik Preutz, Sweden; Theo Richardson, Charles Brill, and Alexander Williams (Rich Brilliant Willing), USA; Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings (Scholten & Baijings), The Netherlands; Ebba Strandmark, Sweden; and David Wahl, China.
Photos in this article provided by IKEA Press Kit.