design
French Designers Want £1,700 for an Ikea Bag

This blue thing here is the Balenciaga Arena tote, a posh leather bag for rich people to keep iPhones, drugs and tiny dogs in. The crazy news is that it costs around £1,700 and seems to be based on the classic 40p Ikea Frakta holdall. Read More >>

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Man Installs ‘Relationship Saving Station’ At His Local Ikea

Having an argument in Ikea is pretty much the worst thing in the world. Everyone stares at you with patronising sympathy and you don't feel like getting an ice cream after the tills. Most of the time, you don't even get the good half of the 100 Days of Summer montage – it's just utensils, cushion covers, breakup. Read More >>

smart home
Ikea’s Smart Lighting Is Here To Save Us All

The smart home has officially gone mainstream: Ikea's made its own line of smart lighting. Read More >>

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An Afternoon Spent at IKEA Is Even More Painful When You Weaponise Those Tiny Pencils

Even the most mild-mannered among us can’t spend an afternoon inside a sprawling IKEA warehouse without leaving full of rage. But if you want to drown your frustrations, do it in cheap hot dogs and soft serve ice cream instead of walking out the door, determined to weaponise those tiny IKEA pencils. Read More >>

design
No More Allen Keys: Ikea’s Rolling Out Click-Together Furniture

Everyone knows the trade-off for the ridiculously reasonable prices in Ikea is the pain of assembling the furniture later. In fact, we've often found ourselves wishing we'd spent an extra few notes for something pre-assembled that didn't come with instructions written in cartoons, but it sounds like that time of frustration is coming to an end. Read More >>

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These Ikea Deckchairs Keep Slicing Off People’s Fingertips

Ikea is recalling roughly 34,000 deckchairs over safety concerns. Typically, chair recalls are initiated over stability concerns and chairs simply tipping over. But the danger of these Mysingsö model chairs is a bit more gruesome. So far 13 people have been injured, with six people getting their fingertips amputated. Read More >>

manufacturing
Ikea’s Now Making Chairs the Same Way Nike Makes its Knitted Sneakers

There’s nothing quite as comfortable as wearing a sweater knit by a grandparent, right? That’s why Nike started using digital knitting machines to create its colorful Flyknit sneakers back in 2012, and why Ikea has now adopted the same technology to create a pair of chairs designed to pamper your posterior. Read More >>

shopping
Going to Reading Ikea Was as Bad an Idea as Husbands Foretold

Shoppers who thought it might be fun to visit the new Reading branch of Ikea had a bit of a nightmare this weekend, as the vast number of people trying to get out of the car park at tea time led to gridlock in the car park -- leaving some poor sad families stuck in their cars with their lovely new flatpack chairs and tea lights for up to four hours. Read More >>

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Ikea Confirms Recall of 29 Million Dressers in the US After Third Child Dies

Rumours broke yesterday that Ikea was going to recall millions of dressers today. And they were right. But it’s not just the Malm, as we originally heard. Ikea is recalling 29 million dressers of all varieties in partnership with the US Product Safety Commission after the death of a 22-month-old child who was crushed by a Malm dresser earlier this year. Read More >>

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Ikea is Discontinuing Some Malm Dressers, Recalling 27 Million Units

Ikea is to announce a recall of over 27 million Malm dressers and doing away with the piece of furniture altogether. Many versions of the Malm dresser were officially removed from the Ikea website. Read More >>

energy
Ikea Resurrects UK Solar Panel Sales Despite Subsidy Collapse

Ikea's getting back into the solar panel business today after giving up on a trial last year, hoping that the people are now ready to try to carry a few home in order to lessen their reliance on the UK's creaking energy infrastructure. Read More >>

virtual reality
IKEA Wants You to Plan Your Next Kitchen in VR

It can be hard to imagine how your place will look when you’ve remodelled it. But IKEA has a solution, with a new VR system being made available on Steam that will help you plan your kitchen. Read More >>

environment
Ikea is Growing New Eco-Friendly Mushroom Packaging

To stop all those £20 side tables getting banged up, Ikea has to use a lot of polystyrene packaging every year. Unfortunately, polystyrene isn’t biodegradable, and people are bad at recycling, leaving Ikea looking for a better material to stick between sheets of ply. Read More >>