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These Ikea furniture are now worth thousands of euros

2020-09-08T09:42:38.028Z

Hundreds of houses have been sneaked into the lucky ones who have kept them have turned a decorative and functional acquisition into one of their best investments



Since Ingvar Kamprad created

Ikea

in 1943, this

furniture

and decoration company has accumulated a large number of icons behind its back.

In 2016 the Ikea Museum opened its doors in Älmhult (Sweden), the brand's global headquarters, to collect and make this extensive archive known to the entire world.

At the same time, the feverish collecting for his most unpublished, scarce or unknown pieces was on the rise, revaluing affordable products at their launch and which now reach astronomical figures in auctions and

online

sales

, similar to those produced in the workshops of Le Corbusier, Perriand and Jeanneret.

This phenomenon, which may be contradictory to the

low cost

philosophy

that the firm supports to provide a beautiful and functional design to the largest number of homes possible, is based on the rarity and scarcity of production of these pieces.

On the other hand, its creation date is not a definitive element to determine its value.

An example of these are the rattan chairs signed by

Mats Theselius

in 2003, which reach 5,000 euros each time they are put on sale.

In the following list you will find some of the most sought after objects of Ikea among its collectors.

If it is in your living room, congratulations.

1. Ake or Muslingestol armchair

Year of creation:

1940-1959.

Norki Decoration

Designer:

There are various hypotheses about his authorship.

The most popular current attributes it to

Philip Arctander

as a design he made for the Swedish brand in 1944. Other voices claim that Ikea simply launched this model in the fifties, taking inspiration from the Muslingestol chair that the Danish architect would design a decade earlier.

The object.

This seat popularly known as the

clam chair

in allusion to its enveloping shape reminiscent of a clam, reaches large figures in auctions and private sales.

Here it shows a version upholstered in sheepskin that preserves the original naive silhouette, with its characteristic

beech wood legs

that look like they came out of the furniture of a cartoon.

Current price:

55,000 euros for a set of two seats in Norki Decoration.

2. Vilbert chair

Year of creation:

1993.

1stdibs

Designer:

Verner Panton, the father of sinuous shapes applied to everyday furniture.

His surname gave him the name of Vitra's first self-produced chair and the most famous in its own catalog, created using the innovative injection molding technique.

The object.

The Vilbert seat brought together the last lashes of postmodernism and Panton's pop mind in one piece.

Its geometric design and plastic colors could well take us to a room designed by the Memphis group.

MDF boards covered with tinted melanin were created to split, and they are screwed with black hardware that remains in sight.

There are only 4,000 units and some of them bear the inscription "Verner Panton for Ikea" which increases their value.

It was one of the last designs that the Danish architect signed before his death in 1998.

Current price:

10,354 euros for a set of six chairs on 1stdibs.

3. Impala armchair

Year of creation:

1972.

1stdibs

Designer:

Gillis Lundgren, the creator of the legendary Billy bookcase from Ikea.

His is also the power of

home

assembly

that characterizes the furniture of the Swedish firm, and that despairs more than one in its execution.

The industrial designer was a member of his creative team since 1953.

The object.

Christened the

easy chair

for its comfortable backrest in deep carmine red, the great value of this piece lies in its short production limited to 1972. The vibrant upholstery rests on a tubular steel frame, a faithful reflection of the fervor for the curvilinear silhouettes of the epoch.

Current price:

7,119 euros on 1stdibs.

4. Rattan chairs

Year of creation:

2003.

1stdibs

Designer:

Mats Theselius.

The name of this Swedish master linked to ceramics and jewelery resonates regularly at art auctions.

Specifically, his famous El Dorado cylindrical armchair made of iron and elk skin, fetched 6,000 euros at Christie's.

He is also the author of the National Geographic bookstore, born to hold 25 years in numbers of this magazine on each shelf.

Theselius painted it yellow in honor of his headboard.

The object.

A metal plate with the inscription "designed by Mats Theselius for Ikea PS, unlimited edition" already warns us of the rarity it comprises.

Despite being the least long-lived design on the entire list, its artisan production was a challenge for Ikea, reducing it to the few copies that the brand's most avid collectors crave.

They are made of rattan and brushed steel so they can be used outdoors.

Current price:

5,500 euros a set of two chairs on 1stdibs.

5. Skye armchair

Year of creation:

1980.

Ikea

Designer:

Tord Björklund, one of Ikea's star signings during the eighties and nineties.

His are the designs for the Bogen rotary table and coat racks, the Skanör display cabinet and the MunkMagiker shelf.

The object.

The eighties were also minimalist and crude in terms of interior design.

Ikea championed this lesser-known side of the time with pieces such as Skye, a

lounger

with an unmistakable Scandinavian design in which Björklund created a comfortable leather cushion on a tubular metal base in the same color.

Its ergonomic design is an evolution of the original model created by the Swedish designer in 1970.

Current price:

3,095 euros in Vinterior.

6. Diana Safari Chair

Year of creation:

1972.

pamono

Designer:

Karin Mobring, a member of the creative leadership of Ikea since the sixties.

Mobring was commissioned to bring the Swedish giant closer to the new generations, a goal he accomplished by fusing materials as heterogeneous as steel, pine or leather.

Her furniture is currently reaching high bids in online auctions.

An example is the Natura armchairs, which can exceed 3,000 euros for a two-piece set.

The object.

Inspired by the armchairs of British officers, this chair instantly reveals a mid-century past.

The perfect cube generated by its wooden structure allows them to be stacked vertically and thus save space when not in use, one of the basic principles of Ikea's functional philosophy.

It is completed with cushions upholstered in linen that adhere to the wood with small belts.

Current price:

1,995 euros for a set of four chairs in Pamono.

7. Jarpen table and chair set

Year of creation:

1983.

Etsy

Designer:

Niels Gammelgaard for Ikea.

The object.

This coffee table matching the famous chair of the same name was an icon for functional houses in the eighties.

With the return of the Bauhaus aesthetic to the most everyday decoration, its price now rises to unthinkable figures for the time.

Its solid structure in enamelled metal, glass and plastic withstand the test of time even outdoors.

Current price:

2,373 euros on Etsy.

8. Troligen sofa

Year of creation:

1970-1979.

Design Mkt

Designer:

Johann Bertil Häggström for Ikea.

The object.

The Troligen model symbolized a new era for waiting rooms and offices with an industrial aesthetic that fused steel with noble leather.

Both the three-seater model (in the image) and the armchairs, both designed also available in velvet, are comfortable and enveloping just by looking at them.

Current price:

2,590 euros at Design Mkt.

9. Exklusiv Desk

Year of creation:

1960-1969.

Pamono

Designer:

Erik Wörtz, the Danish designer who signed major design milestones for Ikea in the 1960s such as the Kolding sofa and armchair set, now valued at almost 5,000 euros.

The object.

Mid-century Scandinavian style in its purest form.

Designed in palo santo wood, recognizable by its density and oily texture, this desk is a clear example of the functional beauty that enthralled masters like Adolf Loos in their fight against ornament.

It has three drawers, a hinged door for storage and a secret tray in the style of the Villa Müller progenitor.

Current price:

2,000 euros in Pamono.

10. Guida shelf

Year of creation:

1985.

Pamono

Designer:

Niels Gammelgaard, another of the essential names in Scandinavian design in the twilight of the 20th century.

Together with Lars Mathiesen he created Pelikan Design, recognizable for its visionary steel furniture and sustainable materials.

The object.

The iconic bookshelves of Marcel Breuer and Nils Strinning come to mind when Guida is first observed.

This piece shares with both designs that modular tenacity that allows it to be adapted to different formats and needs.

This vertical storage unit is made of ABS plastic fibreboards, with a gray base and brightly painted edges.

They fit easily on a steel frame.

Current price:

1,838 euros in Pamono.

11. Eskilstuna stools

Year of creation:

1999 (launch in 2006).

Pamono

Designers:

Graeme Findlay and Carmel McElroy.

The British met at the Royal College of Art in London and met again at the Ikea offices to create this legendary stool.

The object.

Belonging to the Ikea PS series, the limited edition collection that the brand devises every year to accommodate the innovative proposal of young talents, it stands out for its red wool cover handwoven around the steel base.

In this way, the seat is soft and comfortable without the need for an additional cushion and on a revealing three-legged structure.

Current price:

1,231 euros for a set of three stools in Pamono.

12. Eon Lamp

Year of creation:

1993.

1stdibs

Designer:

Ikea Creative Team.

The object.

The opaline glass of the lampshade, characteristic for its semi-translucent appearance, competes for prominence with the terrazzo base.

This conglomerate of cement and stone or glass that we abhorred when we were little and now populates the most Instagram-proof houses, reveals the era in which this lamp was designed.

The postmodernism of Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini is palpable in the environment but without touching that expressive kitsch that singled out the work of the Italian masters.

At Ikea, less is always more.

Current price:

1,071 euros on 1stdibs.

13. Korrekt wall clock

Year of creation:

1980-1989.

Pamono

Designer:

Ikea Creative Team.

The object.

Your date of birth is instantly revealed - behind this vibrant wall clock lies the prolific 1980s.

If the geometric play of the plywood panels is reminiscent of the art deco ornamentation of cities like Los Angeles or Miami, the use of hot pink, blue and cyan accelerates time travel by a few decades.

One of the most unknown and coveted pieces in its extensive archive.

Current price:

1,000 euros in Pamono.

14. Hasslo chair

Year of creation:

1990-1999.

Design Addict

Designer:

Monika Mulder.

The Dutch creator began her career in the Ikea design team, developing in parallel since 2007 her own studio in Gothenburg and lamps for the firm Pholc.

Her work is characterized by a strong sculptural component without diminishing the lightness of the finish.

The object.

Another piece that emerged from the Ikea PS factory.

Each Hasslo is based on an orange-tinted steel wire frame, one of the flagship colors of the Swedish brand.

Both the seat and the backrest acquire that light patina thanks to the semi-transparent polyurethane, which allows it to be used outdoors.

In addition, it is stackable, another hallmark of the Ikea quarry.

Current price:

950 euros a set of four chairs in Design Addict.

Source: elparis

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