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Photos: British designer Zandra Rhodes collaborates with Ikea for a ‘Karismatisk’ limited-edition collection


By Deanna Cheah

Photos: British designer Zandra Rhodes collaborates with Ikea for a ‘Karismatisk’ limited-edition collection

Best known for its ready-to-assemble furniture and other home goods and services, we’ve also come to expect fun collaborations from Ikea during festive seasons. The latest, with British fashion and textile designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, may surprise those who are well acquainted with the Swedish furniture brand’s minimalistic aesthetic. ‘Karismatisk’ in name and nature—it’s the Swedish word for ‘charismatic’—the collection is punctuated with colour and eccentric charisma to bring your maximalism dreams to reality this holiday season.

The vibrant prints will appeal to statement-making individuals who, much like Rhodes, are fearless in expressing a bold zest for life—without losing sight of what’s functional. Famed for her abstract creativity, Rhodes has also made a name from designing pieces for fashionable luminaries including Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and Paris Hilton. Far from your stereotypical 80-year-old, she’s set out to encapsulate the fierce and fabulous expressions of a home.

Zandra Rhodes and Paulin Machado

A true collaboration in every sense of the word, each piece has been thought out alongside Ikea’s in-house designer Paulin Machado. Together, they’ve interpreted Zandra’s design ethos for Ikea’s range of cushion fabrics, candle dishes, mirrors, foldable boxes, vases and more. Also in this collection is a stylish spin on Ikea’s iconic blue and yellow shopper bag, which Rhodes has reimagined in pink and with a pleated new shape. All pieces also encompass the Swedish brand’s democratic design creed encompassing form, function, quality, and sustainability at an affordable price. ‘Karismatisk’ features over 20 stunningly bright pieces priced between RM4.90 and RM499.

Through this truly ‘Karismatisk’ collection, Rhodes has emphasised individuality in all shapes and forms for our homes—now available at all Ikea stores nationwide and online. Click here to shop it.

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