In celebration of IKEA's 75th birthday, the iconic Swedish retailer launched a limited-edition vintage collection dubbed GRATULERA, which celebrated IKEA design throughout the years. August 2018 re-introduced a collection of classics from the 1950s and 1960s era, while October of the same year showcased colorful icons from the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, December welcomed minimalist must-haves from the 1990s and 2000s.
"Each launch is very different, signifying its time period; from dark woods with a classic expression, to a very playful style with strong colors, and then to a more minimal look with natural light woods and graphic colors," said Karin Gustavsson, creative leader or IKEA of Sweden, in a 2018 press release. "We must admit, we’ve missed them quite a bit, and hope you have too."
With the exception of the SJUTTIOFEM pendant lamp ($12) and the EKENÄSET armchair ($269), the limited-edition products have since exited IKEA stores. You can still take a gander at the goods, though. Peep the full vintage-revival collection below.
August 2018: Classic comebacks from the 1950s and 1960s
"Step into the 50-60s; a time in IKEA that brought about some of its very first icon products," says the IKEA press release. "The designs capture a somber expression where darker woods meet classic lines." Adds Gustavsson, "An icon is an icon because it’s unexpected, or considered an innovation of its time. Like the LÖVBACKEN table (previously known as LÖVET), such a cool statement piece, with only three legs, the tips covered in metal. It’s our first knock down product."
October 2018: Fun favorites from the 1970s and 1980s
"No one in IKEA can talk about [the '70s and '80s] without mentioning the beloved KLIPPAN sofa," the release continues. "Once the living room was declared a place for children, KLIPPAN was created with the idea of a sofa that could withstand the human need to play. For GRATULERA, new covers will come in a bright yellow, fiery red and a cool cobalt blue."
"The KLIPPAN sofa was one of the first affordable sofas we had to offer, which is why it’s an icon of its time,” adds Gustavsson. "I just love the covers that are like puffy jackets - they’re cool and colorful. It’s a tribute to the Memphis group, an 80s design movement that was very popular during that time."
Loving the throwback aesthetic of these discontinued pieces? Try scouring eBay, Craigslist, or even local estate sales for vintage IKEA finds.
December 2018: Minimal must-haves from the 1990s and 2000s
"Looking back upon the 90s, it doesn’t feel that long ago, right?" says the release. "It’s simple and minimal, mixing untreated, blonde Scandinavian woods with graphic patterns."
"During the '90s, we went for a more natural expression," Gustavsson notes. "I think the sculptural furniture of Thomas Sandell is iconic. The small bench with wheels on one end, and legs on the other, was a design piece desired by so many people at that time."