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Ikea is about to launch the 2017 Stockholm collection and believe me when I say you want to see this. There are over 40 new items in the recurrent Stockholm series, including sofas, coffee tables, vases, pillows, rugs and lamps, but there are a few pieces in particular that have caught my eye.

Let’s start with this rattan cabinet designed by Nike Karlsson, shall we? Is it just me, or is this also one of the hottest pieces you’ve ever seen coming out of IKEA? It’s made from rattan and pine and has gorgeous brass hardware detail. I absolutely love it.

Next on the favourite list, and also designed by Nike Karlsson, is a rather fabulous rattan armchair. It’s good to know that the cushions it’s paired with are available in gray velvet or white cotton, offering some real flexibility to the look you can achieve with these earthy pieces.

Then there’s this rattan coffee table, which I personally would also use as a bench at the end of a bed or in a hallway. In fact I’m already envisaging a variety of functions for this beauty and can’t wait to style one somewhere.

The big, bold newcomer in this collection is a large comfy sofa that is available in three velvet fabric options – grey, navy and a rich orange. There is also an ottoman available in the three fabrics. You’ve no doubt noticed that velvet is making a big comeback in interiors and IKEA have, of course, not missed the mark here.

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From the brief look I’ve had at this sofa, it appears to have an extraordinary amount of back cushions – possibly too many. I realise that coming from someone who doesn’t shy away from a cushion, this is probably a big statement, but let’s see. I’ll hold off any judement until I’ve actually seen it in the flesh, or should I say the velvet.

The new Stockholm collection is excited in UAE stores on 8 April. Race you there.

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