We love having natural materials in our homes. Not only have they been shown to calm us and make us feel grounded, they also provide an effortless vibe. Ikea's latest collection, Tänkvärd, takes sustainable, natural materials such as rattan, linen, cotton and sea grass, and fuses Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics to create items for your home that are fresh and calm.
Designer Akanksha Deo explains that "This collection is all about self-care: embracing what is calming, pleasing, relaxing. It's about going back to basic human needs," and we can just imagine these pieces slotting easily into our homes, perfect for a laid-back summer feel.
Inspired by Japanese techniques of indigo dyeing, the range features textiles such as throws, bed linen and curtains in soft linen and cotton. The slightly wrinkled appearance gives each a uniqueness and tactility. Left: hook €5, pillowcase €8 for a pack of two, flower-patterned quilt cover and pillowcase €30, bedspread €90. Right: throw €18.
Turn your bathroom into a chilled-out space with storage in textured rattan and soft towels inspired by shades of the sea. Left: clothes stand €50, towels €14 for set of two. Right: towels as before, small basket €10, basket with handles €16.
Take a seat
Benches and stools are always handy, from a place to put bits and bobs to a simple moment of relaxation. Left: lamp shade €30 (cord sold separately), bench €135. Right: throw €30, small basket €10, stool €45.
Rattan is an incredibly sustainable material, and is also lightweight, making it perfect for pieces you want to move around to suit you. Move this room divider to zone a space differently, or pull the chair into the sun. Left: room divider €95. Right: easy chair €95.
Simple details in your bedroom, such as a soft robe or a carafe of water beside your bed, can make all the different to your evening and morning routines. Left: carafe with glass €8. Right: kimono €35.