Exclusive: IKEA's Iconic Armchair Just Got a Makeover—and It's Good


Courtesy of IKEA

IKEA was founded on the simple premise of introducing stylish, affordable furniture into the homes of many. None of the brand’s products has embodied that ethos as effortlessly as the iconic Poäng armchair, the textbook definition of “democratic design.” A blissful marriage of form, function, quality, and sustainability, the Poäng chair is just as coveted today as it was upon its inception 40 years ago.

Aside from various cover designs, a name adjustment, and a few economical tweaks to the materials used, the Poäng armchair has remained largely unchanged over the last 40 years—until now. In honor of the chair’s 40th anniversary, IKEA has told MyDomaine that our favorite Swedish brand will release one new limited-edition Poäng frame and six new armchair covers in colors, patterns, and versions that will delight every IKEA fan.

The brainchild of Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura and fellow IKEA mainstay Lars Engman, the Poäng chair features a sleek Scandinavian frame and an eclectic range of cover designs that have stood the test of time. The two first collaborated on the now iconic project in Sweden back in the 1970s, keeping comfort and function top of mind. “A chair shouldn’t be a tool that binds and holds the sitter,” explains Nakamura. “It should rather be a tool that provides us with an emotional richness and creates an image where we let off stress.” Nakamura and Engman’s creation has since become one of IKEA’s most popular products of all time, selling an average of 1.5 million models a year.

U.S. customers can now shop the limited-edition products online and in-store (ranging from $129 to $249), but we have an even sweeter deal for MyDomaine readers. In celebration of this historic IKEA event, we will be giving away limited-edition Poäng armchairs to three lucky MyDomaine readers, from now until September 30. Enter the giveaway here, and check out all six of the new limited-edition designs below!

Click here to enter the MyDomaine x IKEA giveaway, and tell us which cover you love the best below.