Artists With Disabilities Helped Design IKEA's New Summer Collection

colorful lamps and textiles on a white staircase
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It might still be winter, but IKEA is already getting us pumped for sunny days on the beach with a preview of its Summer 2019 collection. The line is all about "vacay mode," and is full of colorful graphics, funky lights, picnic supplies, and outdoor furniture for the patio.

For the collection, IKEA partnered with designers Lotta Kühlhorn and Malin Unnborn, as well as the design collective Papperian and Textilgruppen, which is part of an initiative for people with disabilities and a strong passion for art, run by Växjö County in Sweden since 2001. It consists of 26 artists who work primarily in paper, textiles, and sculpture.

colorful picnic supplies
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"In our ambition to offer a range for the many individual people, we must work with the many individual artists, and also look beyond the established design arenas to find talent," said IKEA product developer Sara Ottosson of the line.

Take a peek at some of the colorful Summer 2019 offerings here — they'll be available online and in stores later this month.

1. Sommar 2019 Tray, $2.99

floral trays
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2. Solvinden LED Solar-Powered Outdoor String Light, $19.99

beach ball string lights
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3. Sommar 2019 Cushion Cover, $3.99

pillow with sunglasses pattern
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4. Klasen Charcoal Grill Insert, $129

charcoal grill
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5. Sommar 2019 Flatwoven Rug, $29.99

red, white, and blue striped rug
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6. Sommar 2019 Paper Napkins (pack of 30), $1.99

floral napkins
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7. Solvinden LED Solar-Powered Outdoor Pendant Lamp Globe, $7.99 to $9.99

round paper lantern with flowers
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8. Havsten Indoor/Outdoor Loveseat, $515

white loveseat
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9. Sommar 2019 Tumblers (set of six), $3.79

blue, orange, and yellow cups
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Stefanie Waldek

Stefanie Waldek

Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.