Classic Ikea furnishings fetch £32,000 at public sale in Stockholm

Classic Ikea furnishings fetch £32,000 at public sale in Stockholm

A number of 122 secondhand Ikea furnishings fetched a complete of £32,000 at an public sale in Stockholm on Monday evening, as among the low cost and cheerful flatpack retailer’s extra uncommon designs are coming to be recognised as collectors’ gadgets.

Classic furnishings that went beneath the hammer at Stockholms Auktionsverk, the world’s oldest public sale home, included tableware, furnishings, mirrors and lights. Whereas lots of the auctioned gadgets dated again to the Fifties, when Ikea nonetheless manufactured its furnishings in Sweden, the gathering additionally included porcelain tableware that the retailer developed in collaboration with Stockholm’s Nationwide Museum within the Nineteen Nineties.

Essentially the most eye-catching sale of the evening was a pink Impala couch by Gillis Lundgren, the late veteran Ikea designer who additionally got here up with the ever present Billy bookself. Bought in Ikea shops for the equal of £103 in 1972, it fetched £1,700 on Monday evening.

A pink Impala couch by designer Gillis Lundgren. {Photograph}: Viken Kantarci/AFP/Getty Pictures

“There’s numerous Ikea furnishings to which we as an public sale home would say ‘No thanks,’” stated Ulrika Ruding, Stockholms Auktionsverk’s head of utilized arts. “However then there are gadgets which have one thing particular or an uncommon story, one thing to attract a designer’s eye.”

Two leather-covered Natura simple chairs from the Nineteen Seventies, which had been bought for greater than £1,000 on Monday, had aroused curiosity as a result of they reinterpreted basic Scandinavian furnishings in fascinating methods, Ruding defined. “We’re seeing that the Nineteen Seventies are coming again very quick in the meanwhile.”

Leather-covered Natura easy chairs and sofa from the 1970s
Leather-based-covered Natura simple chairs and couch from the Nineteen Seventies. {Photograph}: Viken Kantarci/AFP/Getty Pictures

Identified for inexpensive modernist designs but additionally barely rickety bookshelves and sofas, Ikea isn’t normally related to furnishings that stands the take a look at of time. However because the retailer celebrates its eightieth birthday this yr a few of its earlier designs have been rediscovered by collectors and began to fetch appreciable sums at auctions.

Ikea’s shearling-covered Åke chair, which resembles Danish architect Philip Arctander’s basic “clam chair”, was bought for 19,000 SEK (£1,538) at an public sale in 2022.

The world report for an merchandise of Ikea furnishings bought at an public sale was set final Could, when designer Bengt Ruda’s limited-edition Cavelli chair went beneath the hammer in Stockholm for about £15,000 – a substantial mark-up on the £23 it went on sale for in 1958.

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“I’ve been working within the public sale trade for nearly 30 years, and if any person after I began would have stated ‘Sooner or later you’ll host an Ikea public sale in a really good showroom,’ I might have stated ‘No, no, that’s completely, that’s not doable,’” the public sale home’s head, Li Pamp, informed Agence France-Presse.

“Ikea has in some ways been controversial,” she famous, citing the corporate’s historical past of copying and following developments and criticism of it on environmental and sustainability grounds. “However there are additionally some gadgets that stand out.”

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