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Celebrate the Chinese new year

Seekers of an excuse for a festive get-together, this is for you. In early February, the Chinese calendar leaves the Year of the Dog and initiates the Year of the Pig. Here’s our take on the occasion.

A cluster of black tables set for dinner, with RIMFORSA chopping boards used at the place settings.
A cluster of black tables set for dinner, with RIMFORSA chopping boards used at the place settings.

Your feast, your rules

When you borrow a rich tradition for your own purposes, getting inspired matters more than worrying about details. Lezhi Wu, IKEA co-worker and native of China, tells us: “It’s customary at a family gathering like this to be seated at a round table.” Then again, a square cluster of NYBODA coffee tables may work just as well.

Framing the mood

Seeing that the foremost colours of this celebration are red and gold, decorations are given a theme from the outset. Using frames is a flexible and convenient way to add to the mood – and make even leftover wrapping paper look like deliberate art.

A fortnight of festivities

“The Chinese new year celebration is stretched out over more than two weeks,” continues Lezhi Wu, “and guests are welcome at any time. To be prepared, it’s a good idea to stock up on tasty snacks, mandarins – and always have tea on hand.”

Setting the table

RIMFORSA bamboo chopping boards and chopsticks add a special touch to the table. (The red envelopes are a more specific Chinese tradition, often containing a small gift.) With that, we wish you a prosperous Year of the Pig.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior designer: Gretchen Broussard
Photographer: Fredrik Bjelkerud
Writer: Henrik Annemark