IKEA VARMBLIXT – When Light Comes To Life
IKEA has teamed up with Dutch-New Zealand designer Sabine Marcelis for the VARMBLIXT collection, a beautiful line of home decor and sculptural lighting products that play with light.
Sabine Marcelis is a Rotterdam based designer who is taking the design world by storm. She created the installation “No Fear of Glass” at the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion and she was also named one of the Architectural Digest’s top 100 creatives in 2021 and 2022.
“This collection is about creating products that inject a sense of warmth and positivity into the home.”Sabine Marcelis
VARMBLIXT means “warm lightning” in Swedish and this collection will make you reconsider your connection with light in your home. The VARMBLIXT collection lies in stores from February. The lighting will be added to the permanent collection, the other items are limited edition.
A Grand Statement
This LED pendant lamp with curved pipes is made from frosted white glass and is the collection’s signature piece. A stunning sculptural object when turned off, it transforms into a magical display of light engineering when switched on. The pipes can be adjusted as you please.
A Sculpture that Shines
The VARMBLIXT circular wall lamp captures the surprising duality of the collection’s lighting products. When they are turned on, they emit a warm light that changes the look and feel of your room; when turned off, they are beautiful sculptural objects that will make a statement wherever they’re placed. The sculptural quality of this lamp is emphasised by how the lamp bends out from the wall.
Much more than a wall mirror, this product is transformed into a distinctive talking piece with the addition of a semi-transparant glass panel and light strip that emits a mellow glow.
The “donut” is one of Sabine Marcelis’ signature shapes and features in two different forms in the VARMBLIXT collection. As a striking glass bowl – available in amber and mint green – it can hold fruits and snacks; open or closed. The translucent curved shape is enhanced as it catches light.
Elsewhere, the vibrant donut shaped lamp can be mounted on the wall or placed on a table or shelf, depending on your mood.
The Joy of Warm Colors
The hand tufted 100% wool rugs highlights the attentive use of color in the VARMBLIXT collection. the overlapping styles adds extra design interest, creating an illusion of depth and color. The gradient colorway appears on napkins in the collection too.
As The Light Hits..
The collection includes an elegant cocktail set, consisting of a carafe, champagne coupe, tumbler, tray with metal panels, and drinks stirrers. When they catch the light, the glass objects create dreamy refelctions and shadows. Or as Sabine calles it : “moments of wonder”.
Stripped to the Essentials
As a designer, Sabine Marcelis strips back her designs to get to the core of her idea. The slender, tube like form of the wall lamp exemplifies how a simple shape can be reworked for big impact. It’s a sleek example of flexible design – it can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and can be grouped with more lamps to create an eye-catching light installation in your home.
The white sphere in the vase is designed to keep long flower stems in place.