IKEA + Marimekko Launch Self-Care Centered BASTUA Collection

02.09.23 | By
IKEA + Marimekko Launch Self-Care Centered BASTUA Collection

Two of the biggest Nordic brands have united to bring us the BASTUA collection, launching globally in March 2023. The limited-edition series of 26 products, created by home furnishings giant IKEA and iconic printmaker Marimekko, brings together Nordic design and self-care rituals. From furniture to glassware to textiles, vibrant patterns reflect nature back at you.

“Collaborating with Marimekko was a natural choice for IKEA as we are both committed to enabling a better everyday life at home, and with the BASTUA collection, it begins with focusing on wellness first,” says Henrik Most, Creative Leader at IKEA. “The collaboration encapsulates the sensations of endless summers and the simple and aesthetic beauty of Nordic nature in furniture and accessories for the home.”

“BASTUA” describes a sauna in Småland, the region in southern Sweden where IKEA was founded. Self-care and Nordic sauna were the starting points of the collection that’s meant to be used when relaxing outdoors in warm weather or simply winding down at the end of a long day.

seated woman holding up a tree-shaped tray and wearing a robe in the same pattern

The launch of BASTUA marks the first time that Marimekko has designed prints exclusively for a brand collaboration. “Capturing the essence of Marimekko’s Finnish roots and its connection to the historic origins of sauna culture was a fundamental part of the design journey and the creation of the BASTUA prints,” says Rebekka Bay, Creative Director at Marimekko. When gathering inspiration from nature, the brand gravitated towards the large, decorative rhubarb leaves that are often found growing near saunas in Finland. You’ll find it throughout the collection, including on the ever-popular FRAKTA bag.

woman in a leaf patterned rob sits in a sauna

styled interior space with wood side tables, a bench, and a hanging robe

Within the BASTUA collection lies furniture, glassware, and textiles that include robes and towels – and even the first-ever sauna bucket – among other items. These are all things one might traditionally use when enjoying a sauna, or right before or after the ritual. You’ll find elements that can be used during a meal, a place to sit and feel grounded, and even a candle infused with the scents of elderflower, rhubarb, and sweet vanilla.

leaf patterned curtains surround an outdoor changing/shower space

BASTUA’s furniture pieces are inspired by classic Nordic design. A side table offers a clever feature: the collection’s patterned trays fit perfectly on the top. You may even want to pull up the coordinating bench to enjoy a relaxing moment of Zen.

“Nordic furniture design has always been characterized by clean lines and simple constructions that focus on function” says Mikael Axelsson, Designer at IKEA. “The BASTUA side table is my take on this heritage, as it is made of birch veneer and with a high edge that keeps things in place.”

The BASTUA collection feels like a perfect partnership, neither pattern nor design overshadows the other. It’s a wonderful marriage between two brands that complement one another in harmony.

a brown-skinned arm holds a reusable water bottle under a running kitchen faucet

a person totes a large bag patterned with leaves

a large bag patterned with leaves

a person sits atop two stacked floor cushions in a pattern of leaves

a person sits cross legged in front of a leaf patterned tray and small wood table

a person sits next to a small wood table topped with a tray covered in a lea pattern and a water pitcher and glass

styled interior space with wooden walls, a mirror, hanging hooks, patterned towels, bags, and a robe

a brown-skinned balk man sits on a patterned towel and eats a piece of green fruit

a green and light blue towel is laid across a sauna bench a a small coordinating pillow and water bucket

a styled table with dinnerware, honey, and a water pitcher and glasses

a towel and a bag hang from a set of wooden hooks on a wall

a brown-skinned man wears a striped robe while holding onto a tree trunk

black sauna bucket with ladle

rectangular wall mirror with divotted frame hanging on a wall

a small wood table with vase of flowers

lit glass candle

illuminated round paper lantern on a table in the dark

a piece of wood reading MARIMEKKO IKEA

To learn more about BASTUA, visit

Kelly Beall is Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based writer and designer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, from Fashion Plates to MoMA and far beyond. When not searching out the visual arts, she's likely sharing her favorite finds with others. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her @designcrush on social.