TJILLEVIPS Basket, rattan, 9 ¾x13 ¾x7 ¾ " (25x35x20 cm)
This rattan basket is handwoven by skilled artisans and is part of our TJILLEVIPS collection. With its soft shape and color, it adds a decorative touch wherever you choose to put it. Read More
What makes a home warm and inviting? The colors, the lighting, soft textiles or just plain hospitality? Probably a mix of all these things. One way to make it snugger in only a few seconds, is to add a little nature to it. For example, with handmade products of plant fiber. TJILLEVIPS is a collection of baskets in six different materials – each with an own unique ability to create a welcoming feeling.
“Plant fiber is a fantastic natural resource. In the TJILLEVIPS collection, we use bamboo, rattan, seagrass, jute, banana fiber and poplar. Materials that don’t always behave the way you expect, but that’s a part of the charm,” says Sara Ottosson, who’s worked with nature fiber at IKEA for more than ten years.
The material decides what it becomes
The different materials all have different expressions, but three things in common. They are fast-growing, which make them a sustainable choice, they are perfect for handmade products, and they generate jobs for skilled artisans. “It’s a limited-edition, but our long-term collaboration with the artisans and the suppliers gives us a chance to learn from them and explore new materials together. In the future, we will launch other collections with plant fiber, but exactly which products it will be depends on what materials we have available,” tells Sara.
If you buy two, they won’t look the same
Another thing the fibers have in common are the natural color shifts. For Sara, it only makes the materials more interesting. “They come alive. There’s beauty in the irregularity and that someone has spent time to shape and create unique everyday objects of the materials. But, the best thing is perhaps that TJILLEVIPS not only provide artisans with jobs. It’s also an easy and sustainable way to invite nature into your home.”