IKEA's ultra-glam powder room at the 2014 Interior Design Show. Photography by Brett Walther.
Sure, the Interior Design Show is about new product launches, jaw-dropping conceptual installations and catching up with some of the industry's key players. (In fact, you can check out my Top 10 finds from January's Interior Design Show here.)
But year after year, my favourite aspect of the Interior Design Show is that it presents the opportunity for familiar brands to push the envelope a little, and to challenge our perception of their products. And frankly, no brand does that better than IKEA.
For this year's installation, IKEA's incredibly talented stylist Neil Asselin (who I've had the pleasure of working with on many photoshoots during my Style at Home days) served up two ultra-glamorous spaces: a combination powder room/dressing room, and a sophisticated, Euro-chic kitchen. What I love best about Neil's designs is his ability to weave incredibly affordable IKEA products with well-chosen antiques and super-sophisticated materials, crafting unique vignettes that are positively oozing with luxury.
Check it out... You won't believe it's IKEA!
I simply cannot get enough gold these days, so the powder room's vertically-run mini-brick tile is tailor-made for my dream bath. The juxtaposition of the glamorous mirror-finish tile with the raw, unfinished plank flooring and understated florals is sheer perfection. Photography by Brett Walther.
On its own, IKEA's Stockholm chandelier is a sweet little decorative light source. Hung in multiples above the powder room vignette, they become a high-impact art installation. I interviewed Marcus Arvonen, the IKEA designer who created the chandelier when I went to Sweden last year, and he told me his design was "inspired by morning dewdrops stuck in a spider's web." Gorgeous. Photography by Brett Walther.
A rich marble slab countertop and blacksplash informs the palette for kitchen space. Photography by Brett Walther.
You can never go wrong with a handsome apron sink, and IKEA's Domsjo is one of the best. Photography by Brett Walther.
Overhead, twin chandeliers and a gold-leaf tile treatment make the ceiling sparkle. Photography by Brett Walther.
It's hard to choose the star in the fireplace vignette opposite the kitchen. Is it the handsome wood moulding? The pair of Stockholm swivel chairs in lemon-yellow velvet? If pressed, I'd have to put my money on the new overdyed, antiqued Silkeborg rug—it's only $599 after all. What a steal! Photography by Brett Walther.
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