IKEA's Latest Collection is Nornäs {in the US at least}

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IKEA is finally bringing some of their newer collection to the US, and Nornäs is one of the seven coming soon to your local IKEA {I believe they will be available in February of this year.}

Nornäs is contructed of solid Swedish Pine from sourced from sustainable forests in northern Sweden; the collection is also designed to minimize waste during construction. Scandinavian pine has lots of knots and natural irregularities.  Siblings Marianne + Knut Hagberg wanted to ::

combine the traditional feeling of pine from the north of Sweden and bring it into the future with a modern contemporary design that really is built to last. To do this we designed each piece in a craftsmanlike way with details like bevelled edges and sturdy traditional construction techniques.

The new collection is incredibly versatile, you can keep it natural, stain or paint it.  If you decide to keep it natural, I recommend treating it with wax or polyurethane.

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The “hacking” potential of the Nornäs collection is enormous -- I can’t wait to see what some of the IKEA Hackers out there come up with!  One hack that I did come across on Apartment Therapy takes the Nornas Side Table and turns it into a modern, stylish bar cart by painting it white, adding casters and handles and using a lathe to create the look of an extra tray on the top of the table.  She also added an additional shelf.

Here is the collection -- I'm not sure if all of the items will be available in the US right away.  If they're not, it gives us something to look forward to!

Nornäs Queen Bedframe

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Nornäs Bedside Table

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Nornäs Bench

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Nornäs Bench with Storage

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Nornäs Bookcase

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Nornäs Chest of Drawers

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Nornäs Coffee Tables

Nornäs Drop-Leaf Table

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Nornäs Glass Door Cabinets

Nornäs Glass Door Cabinet on Base

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Nornäs Side Table

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Nornäs Side Table

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Nornäs Sideboard

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Nornäs Wardrobe

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Nornäs Wine Rack

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Some ideas I have for customizing the Nornäs collection or interesting uses for items in the collection are ::

Nornäs Glass Door Wall Cabinet

The Glass Door Wall Cabinet comes in two sizes, the larger one comes with two glass shelves, while the smaller is a simple cube with a glass door.  The smaller cabinet would look great equally spaced along a wall, or staggered in a pattern, much like you would do with a gallery wall.  The larger would be great for storing items that you need easy access to or as a substitute for kitchen cabinets in a small kitchen.  As far as customization goes, you could paint/stain the cube in one color and paint the interior of the cabinet with another to bring an unexpected splash of color into a room.  You could also apply wallpaper to the back of the cabinet, see my post on removable wallpaper here.

Nornäs Chest of Drawers

To customize the look of the chest of drawers you could do the same paint technique as you did with the Glass Door Wall Cabinet and paint the interior of the open cubbies a different color from the main body of the chest.  You could further customize it with the addition of hardware for the drawers.

Nornäs Coffee Table

The Nornäs Coffee table comes in two depths -- 17” and 23”.  One of the obvious ways to customize the piece would be to paint it, but you could also paint the base and edges of the table top and apply wallpaper to the top and add a wallpaper-safe matte varnish to seal it.  You could combine several of the 17” deep tables and create a flexible, modular look.