Unless you’ve been living behind a rock without a phone signal or internet connection somewhere on the other side of Zekreet for the last few months you’ll be aware that Qatar is now home to a brand new IKEA store.
Situated at the optimistically named ‘Festival City’ – a space that is as-yet empty aside from the IKEA store itself – the Scandinavian megastore offers shoppers the chance to brighten up their homes cheaply with items bearing names such as ‘Billy’, ‘Poäng’ and ‘Lack’.
The new Ikea store is a blue and yellow palace of Scandinavia-inspired accessible and practical design.
Here are five favourite items that offer the essence of Sweden here in the desert:
1. Stockholm glass door cabinet
Designed by Tomas Jelinek, there’s something pleasingly retro about this simple display cabinet, that looks like its been borrowed from the early sixties.
2. Docksta table
Pair this simple table with its fresh clean lines with Tobias clear plastic chairs to create a clean and modern pairing that looks like something that should cost at least five times more than it does.
3. Onsjö ceiling light
According to designer Sigga Heimis: “I started sketching and after a lot of drawings my attention was drawn to the fire-flies that make such nice lights in the dark during summer time. I wanted to imitate that light and movement so I made loops that look a bit like a flying orbit of the fire-flies with a light in the middle. The core of the light is a ball that connects all the loops and once put together it creates a combination that makes it a chandelier.” We think she was successful in her mission.
4. Barometer floor/reading lamp
There are two options to choose from, floor lamp or table lamp, depending on your needs. Either version is solid, well proportioned and elegant.
5. Stockholm Table
With its golden-brown veneered surface, this coffee table, by Ehlén Johansson, belongs to the golden age of Scandinavian design. There's a handy magazine shelf under the elonganted-oval table top.