The innovative Better Shelter structures represent a major milestone in humanitarian design
If you’ve ever lusted after those iconic B&W Nautilus speakers (which cost a staggering $60,000), you might be interested in this Ikea hacker’s homage to audio gear that no one can actually afford. Using Ikea salad bowls, Damir Paco of Denmark created these unique speakers. Show More Summary
[terenceang] got his feet wet with the ESP8266 WiFi module by hacking up an IKEA Molgan PIR light. The stock PIR light simply lights when motion is detected. [terenceang] added some extra functionality to it by making it send notifications to his phone as well. The default configuration of the stock PIR light was to only work at night. Show More Summary
To make a point, a Dutch group called Lifehunters convinced a bunch of art experts that a cheap piece of IKEA art, costing $10 retail, was an artistic masterpiece. They caught the rather hilarious reactions on video. Giving the artist...Show More Summary
At the latest breed of hotel, rooms are up to one-third smaller than traditional quarters, with furniture that looks fresh from an Ikea showroom.
Living better In 2013, Ikea developed a prototype for refugee shelters that could be easily produced, shipped, and actually provide a pleasant, habitable experience. As Gizmodo reports, this week at the Dubai International Humanitarian...Show More Summary
Emeco filed a lawsuit against IKEA this week, claiming the MELLTORP dining chair violates the copyright on its 20-06 stacking chair designed by Norman Foster. While IKEA didn't comment specifically about this case, a representative did...Show More Summary
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Interior designer Victoria Solomon of Victoria Elizabeth Design had a mission: to add a media cabinet to her small NYC apartment that would add extra storage while hiding the ugly wires under her TV. In her dreams, she envisioned a 140-inch...Show More Summary
If you’ve ever done some research into storage ideas for your massive make-up collection, you’ll no doubt have come across the Ikea ALEX unit, which is a standalone, nine drawer unit that looks as if it were made for make-up. However, if you’re like me, you’d need at least three of these (try not to judge me, I just really... Show More Summary
Ikea isn’t only using its furniture building know-how to create some interesting pieces for your home, but it’s also working on projects that could be a lot more useful for people who find themselves in need of emergency shelters. Such...Show More Summary
If we weren't already impressed with Swedish discount furniture giant Ikea, we would be now. The Ikea Foundation teamed up with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to bring its signature democratic design and superior functionality to refugee...Show More Summary
Alterna-pop band OK Go is continuing its strategy of being a band that is not known for its songs. Last month, the band collaborated with the Chinese furniture store Red Star Macalline—a sort of Chinese IKEA where the instructions read like they’ve been translated from English—for a new, visually stunning commercial. Show More Summary
A design collaboration helps IKEA improve its environmental and design credentials
Norman Foster's 20-06 Stacking Chair for Emeco on left, Melltorp dining chair by Ola Wihlborg for Ikea on right. Photo via Dezeen In 2006, starchitect Norman Foster designed a slim aluminum chair called the "20-06 Stacking Chair" for the American...
A few years ago, Ikea announced it had designed a better refugee shelter, using its flatpack furniture as a basis for engineering. As great an idea as it was, it wasn't clear how the concept would ever find its way to reality. Now, these Ikea refugee shelters will be deployed—by the thousands. Read more...
Designing a viable refugee shelter is one thing, but having the necessary infrastructure in place to make huge numbers of the shelter affordably and transporting it to those in need is quite another. Which is why the news that Ikea has...Show More Summary
Ikea's Melltorp stacking chair is a masterpiece of minimalist design — a cheap, robust, stackable chair that doesn't look like it belongs in a classroom. But, according to Emeco, it's not actually Ikea's design. Read more...
All photos courtesy of the Ikea Foundation "Better Shelter," the next-generation refugee dwelling from the Ikea Foundation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a group of Swedish designers, has come a long way. Since its inception in...