“We know that for many people, simply being together to talk and share around the table is just as important as the food itself,” said Leontyne Green Sykes, IKEA US Marketing Manager, of the catalog’s theme. “This year, we’re showcasing how food connects people, and what makes life in and around the kitchen work in harmony.”

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IKEA turned the rooftop of the event space into a DIYers paradise complete with pickling station, eggshell planters and two shipping pallet gardens to reflect the hands-on spirit and sustainable focus of this year’s catalog.

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Available starting in August, the limited edition HEMSMAK collection of metal and glass bottles, jars and tins (starting at $2.99) is a DIYers best friend.

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HEMSMAK also features a selection of tags and labels so that you can mark the goodies you make with gift messages, as well as paper and cellophane bags for homemade treats like cookies and chocolates.

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Downstairs, the new SINNERLIG collection, a limited edition collaboration with world-renowned designer Ilse Crawford, was a standout with its simple, soft and clean cork finishes.

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This $349 dining table hides a secret paper catcher below its surface so that it can do double-duty as a work desk during the day and be cleared off easily when dinner time arrives.

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A steaming process was used to give this $59 stool its chocolate color. Or opt for it in a natural finish for the same price.

“The more virtual our lives become, the more we crave the physical,” said Crawford of her thought process for the new line. “We used natural materials as they engage our senses and connect us to ourselves, to our feelings and to our homes.”

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The SINNERLIG collection hits stores in October 2015.

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Though it’s not part of the SINNERLIG line, this SITTNING placemat with phone pocket speaks to Crawford’s sentiment about putting aside our digital lives for even just a moment a day during dinner. We’re sure you all know at least one person who could use the hint.

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IKEA’s SEKTION cabinets have been around for quite a while now, but the VARIERA bamboo inserts that fit into them are new. They’ve also been updated with internal LED lights that can help you distinguish your whisk from your ladle, even in low light.

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Many of the items in the 2016 catalog have multiple uses. The hanging BITTERGURKA container ($9.99) seen above can be used as a planter, a fruit basket, or an eye-catching focal point when grouped and staggered.

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We even got a brief cooking lesson from Katie Lee, one of the hosts of our favorite Food Network show, The Kitchen. But we were a bit disappointed that IKEA’s new vegetarian grönsaksbullar meatballs were nowhere to be found! Luckily, they did serve up some of their gravlax, which, like all of the other seafood served at IKEA, will be Aquaculture Stewardship Council-certified to be farmed under environmentally and socially responsible conditions going forward.

The new catalog is printed on 100-percent FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper, but for a totally paperless experience, check out the digital version of the 2016 IKEA catalog here.

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