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ANNANSTANS LIMITED COLLECTION

Unexpected encounters

ANNANSTANS is a collection with a modern, urban expression, but not because of a machine. The pieces are crafted by hand, so each one is unique. In ANNANSTANS, meaning “elsewhere” in Swedish, the contemporary concepts of designer Martin Bergström find new expressions through social entrepreneur artisans in India, Romania and Thailand. Teams of skilled craftspeople developed and refined Martin’s product designs – from scarves and bags, to curious ceramics, banana-fibre baskets made with a new kind of weave, to wooden mushrooms.

A kaftan in blue and grey and cushion covers with modern prints in grey, red and green from ANNANSTANS collection.
ANNANSTANS cushion cover, handmade black/white, purple

ANNANSTANS cushion cover

$14.99
Length: 26 ", Width: 16 " Length: 65 cm, Width: 40 cm
ANNANSTANS cushion cover, handmade green/pink, red

ANNANSTANS cushion cover

$14.99
Length: 26 ", Width: 16 " Length: 65 cm, Width: 40 cm
ANNANSTANS cushion cover, handmade green, black/red

ANNANSTANS cushion cover

$12.99
Length: 20 ", Width: 20 " Length: 50 cm, Width: 50 cm
ANNANSTANS bag, gray, blue

ANNANSTANS bag

$17.99
Width: 14 ¼ ", Height: 19 " Width: 36 cm, Height: 48 cm
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ANNANSTANS collection is where handicraft merges with modern design, resulting in new, poetic textiles, cushion covers, ceramics and more. The individual products were never intended to coordinate in a conventional way. Martin Bergström, ANNANSTANS designer, says: “It’s more like a family than a collection. The items match and they don’t match.” At IKEA, we are proud to give you the opportunity to own unique, out-of-the-ordinary designer pieces that you can feel good about in every possible way.
“I was inspired by
silence and remote
islands. I wanted to
create something you
can’t really put into
words, like daydreams
and memories existing
elsewhere… Collages
and silent poetry.”
– Martin Bergström, Designer
Designer Martin Bergström in front of a scarf with red, black and white print from the ANNANSTANS collection.Scarves, cushion covers and textile covered boxes with abstract prints and irregular shaped ceramics and baskets from ANNANSTANS collection.
Individual, with a meaning
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANNANSTANS cushion cover, handmade blue, black/red

ANNANSTANS cushion cover

$17.99
Length: 26 ", Width: 26 " Length: 65 cm, Width: 65 cm
ANNANSTANS scarf, red, black/white

ANNANSTANS scarf

$19.99
Length: 55 ", Width: 55 " Length: 140 cm, Width: 140 cm
ANNANSTANS cushion cover, handmade purple, pink

ANNANSTANS cushion cover

$12.99
Length: 20 ", Width: 20 " Length: 50 cm, Width: 50 cm
ANNANSTANS caftan, gray, blue

ANNANSTANS caftan

$29.99
Length: 51 ", Width: 43 " Length: 130 cm, Width: 110 cm
Modern meets traditional
Martin Bergström began creating all the ANNANSTANS prints with hand-drawn sketches inspired by nature. A digital printing technique that consumes much less water than other methods, transferred them to the textiles, making the design statement also an environmental one. Artisans from Indian Rangsutra social enterprise then hand-embroidered the ANNANSTANS cushion covers, adding a unique contrast to Martin’s striking designs.
Cotton cushion covers with modern, abstract prints in green, grey, black and red from the ANNANSTANS collection. A cushion cover is hand embroidered by an artisan for the ANNANSTANS collection.Handmade ceramic bowls with irregular shapes in dark blue and green created for the ANNANSTANS collection.
Unique textures
Thai social entrepreneur Doi Tung has been an IKEA partner since 2012. The artisans say that so far, the ANNANSTANS products have been the most complex, but also the most rewarding and involving to co-create. They developed the unusual, ‘rough’-looking texture, paired with a carefully-selected glaze, to achieve a distinctive effect that’s subtly different from piece to piece.
A green, handmade vase with irregular shape from the ANNANSTANS collection.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANNANSTANS cushion cover, handmade gray, green/red

ANNANSTANS cushion cover

$12.99
Length: 20 ", Width: 20 " Length: 50 cm, Width: 50 cm
ANNANSTANS basket, handmade, banana fiber

ANNANSTANS basket

$29.99
Height: 11 ", Diameter: 22 ¾ " Height: 28 cm, Diameter: 58 cm
ANNANSTANS plate, handmade black, brown

ANNANSTANS plate

$19.99
Length: 11 ½ ", Width: 6 ½ " Length: 29 cm, Width: 16 cm
ANNANSTANS cushion cover, handmade black, green

ANNANSTANS cushion cover

$17.99
Length: 26 ", Width: 26 " Length: 65 cm, Width: 65 cm
A new way of weaving
At Industree in India, the handwoven, renewable natural fibres from the banana plant are a speciality. But rather than their usual neatness and precision, Martin wanted an organic and haphazard look that would showcase the beautiful, natural material. Mani, a Master artisan, had to experiment before she could achieve the desired ‘imperfect’ effect. She even coined a term for this novel technique – “crazy weave”.
An artisan weaving a banana fibre basket with an irregular new weave for the ANNANSTANS collection.
More than a collection
ANNANSTANS collection stands out for its collaborative, socially-minded values as much as for the quality of its design and hand-finishing. ANNANSTANS was a collaborative effort between IKEA product developers, designer Martin Bergström and talented artisans from four different social enterprises in India, Romania and Thailand. Each member of this international team contributed with their own ideas, skills and experience to create a highly distinctive collection.
Master artisan Mani is weaving banana fibre baskets with a new “crazy weave” for the ANNANSTANS collection.
“I called it what it is – ‘crazy weave’! I like this type of topsy-turvy weaving. The basket pattern and finish look really nice and they were so much fun to make.”
– Mani, Master artisan and trainer at Industree
A wooden mushroom from the ANNANSTANS collection is being hand-turned by an artisan.
Woodturning skills
For ANNANSTANS collection, Martin wanted to develop a hand-turned wood product that would feel individual, authentic, natural – and, of course, pleasing to look at, together with the artisans at Mesteshukar ButiQ, a small workshop outside Bucharest, Romania. MBQ is a social enterprise and IKEA partner that promotes Roma craftsmanship and inclusivity through high-quality, handmade products.
A handmade wooden mushroom decoration made by social entrepreneur artisans for ANNANSTANS collection.
Designed for your senses
Mushrooms are a frequent motif in Martin’s work. The form is instantly recognisable, yet exudes an air of mystery that fits perfectly with the themes of ANNANSTANS collection. The wood used to make the ANNANSTANS mushrooms comes only from well managed resources, as with any IKEA product. A small part of forest, living on inside your home.
Partners with social entrepreneurs
Read more about how and why we work with social entrepreneurs around the world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANNANSTANS cushion cover, handmade blue, purple

ANNANSTANS cushion cover

$12.99
Length: 20 ", Width: 20 " Length: 50 cm, Width: 50 cm
ANNANSTANS bowl, handmade dark blue, green

ANNANSTANS bowl

$24.99
Length: 10 ", Width: 7 ", Height: 4 " Length: 25 cm, Width: 18 cm, Height: 10 cm
ANNANSTANS basket, handmade, banana fiber

ANNANSTANS basket

$19.99
Height: 8 ¾ ", Diameter: 17 ¾ " Height: 22 cm, Diameter: 45 cm