IKEA relaunches its iconic 'happiness' armchair from the Sixties – and it’s a bold and bright statement

The bright yellow archival armchair design is set to put a smile on everyone's face

SOTENÄS armchair
(Image credit: IKEA)

IKEA’s celebratory collection marking the furniture brand’s 80th anniversary that launched last year just keeps growing. The archival range relaunches some of the retailer’s most iconic designs from the 80 years it’s been around. And the latest blast from the past is the IKEA SOTENÄS armchair, now selling for £199.

IKEA’s anniversary Nytillverkad collection is host to a wide range of re-released products from coat racks to trolleys – but it recently welcomed not one but two archival chairs from the 60s in the space of a month as at the end of January, IKEA’s anti-stress armchair called DYVLINGE came out.

And if you thought the DYVLINGE would de-stress you, then just wait till you set your eyes on this newcomer and sit in it – it's just bound to put a smile on your face and get you in a good mood. Entirely swathed in a bright yellow shade, the design’s low and wide structure makes it the best armchair for comfy lounging for hours on end.

SOTENÄS armchair

(Image credit: IKEA)

IKEA launches the SOTENÄS armchair

If you’re into your vintage IKEA and don’t recognise the name SOTENÄS, that’s because all the new relaunches are given a new title, despite the fact that the design remains pretty much the same, save for a few tweaks here and there.

In the case of the IKEA SOTENÄS chair, it was called PUCK when first released in 1969, coinciding with Apollo 11’s first landing on the Moon. The only difference between the original, designed by IKEA fourth ever employee Gillis Lundgren, is the colour of the metal tubular underframe of the chair – it is now the same shade of yellow as the seat, while in the '60s it came in contrasting white.

Described as ‘youthful and festive’ when first appearing in IKEA’s 1969 catalogue, this much remains true. And it’s already being well-received, as one comment on IKEA’s Instagram reel announcing the re-launch reads, ‘It looks so good! And the yellow is screaming “happiness in a radiant sunny day”.’

And it’s not just the SOTENÄS chair’s retro yet somehow still contemporary design that’s popular with people. Many of IKEA’s old-school looks are becoming increasingly more popular.

SOTENÄS armchair

(Image credit: IKEA)

‘We've seen an increase in demand for quirky retro and vintage IKEA pieces on Narchie that don't hang around long. I think people are reaching for nostalgic homeware and furniture items that they grew up with,’ says Harriet Pringle, founder of furniture and homeware resale site and app, Narchie.

But if you know how to decorate with yellow and are into the idea of a retro yellow chair but aren’t so keen on this particular look, there are plenty of other designs out there to choose from – like the 3 below.

But we love the unique shape and bold, daring statement the IKEA SOTENÄS armchair makes. If you can dare to embrace it.

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Sara Hesikova has been a Content Editor at Ideal Home since June 2024, starting at the title as a News Writer in July 2023. Sara brings the Ideal Home’s readership features and news stories from the world of homes and interiors, as well as trend-led pieces, shopping round-ups and more, focusing on all things room decor, specialising in living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, home offices and dining rooms. Graduating from London College of Fashion with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism in 2016, she got her start in niche fashion and lifestyle magazines like Glass and Alvar as a writer and editor before making the leap into interiors, working with the likes of 91 Magazine and copywriting for luxury bed linen brand Yves Delorme among others. She feels that fashion and interiors are intrinsically connected – if someone puts an effort into what they wear, they most likely also care about what they surround themselves with.