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Introducing Overallt: Ikea’s New Collection with Artists from Five African Countries

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Introducing Overallt: Ikea’s New Collection with Artists from Five African Countries

March 8, 2019

We’re going to be upfront: Overallt, Ikea’s new limited-edition collection, won’t hit stores until May. But it’s such a great, happy collection that we couldn’t wait to spotlight it. (Besides, it’s March and we figured we could all use a little color therapy right about now.)

Overallt is the result of a collaboration between in-house Ikea designers and a group of architects, artists, and fashion designers spanning five African countries (Kenya, Senegal, Egypt, South Africa, and Ivory Coast). From the promotional copy: “[It’s] all about building bridges and not walls, ultimately creating room for better habits together.” A sentiment we can fully get behind.

Here’s a sampling from the newsworthy collection:

Photography courtesy of Ikea.

&#8\2\20;this chair is made out of a sheet of plywood and a jigsaw, technic 9
Above: “This chair is made out of a sheet of plywood and a jigsaw, technically. No necessity for nails, glue or screws or any other complex fabrication process,” says designer and architect Issa Diabaté. The easy chair is $49.99, $74.98 with cushion; the wall shelves, $49.99 each; and the flatwoven rug, $69.99.
inspired by the kenyan ritual of friends pulling up a chair at day&#8\2\17; 10
Above: Inspired by the Kenyan ritual of friends pulling up a chair at day’s end to shoot the breeze, the curved solid eucalyptus benches invite close talking. Each bench is $129. (The collection also includes coordinating tables and stools.)
&#8\2\20;i imagine people sitting in this rocking chair, rocking and reflec 11
“I imagine people sitting in this rocking chair, rocking and reflecting. I imagine my father who is in his eighties sitting in it, smoking his cigar; my sister-in-law with her newborn baby; my niece and nephews playing on it,” says Senegalese designer Bibi Seck. The indoor/outdoor chair is $79 and the footstool is $44.99.
the striking quilted cotton blanket was designed by cape town based artist and  12
Above: The striking quilted cotton blanket was designed by Cape Town-based artist and architect Renee Rossouw; $19.99.
the cork topped oil holder and carafe are \$6.99 and \$\1\2.99, respectively. 13
Above: The cork-topped oil holder and carafe are $6.99 and $12.99, respectively.
fashion designer and artist selly raby kane based her basket design on hair br 14
Above: Fashion designer and artist Selly Raby Kane based her basket design on hair-braid styles; $19.99.
each of these multicolor cushion covers is \$7.99. 15
Above: Each of these multicolor cushion covers is $7.99.

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