Archinect - News 2016-10-22T12:17:01-04:00 Kanye West has ambitions to design for Ikea; run for President in 2020 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-01T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-01T15:10:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="753" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Famous rapper, fashion designer, husband of Kim Kardashian West and incorrigible enfant terrible Kanye West announced his desire to design for Ikea in a recent interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1.</p><p>"I have to work with Ikea&mdash;make furniture for interior design, for architecture," he told Mac.&nbsp;"Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create. Allow him to make this thing because you know what, I want a bed that he makes, I want a chair that he makes&mdash;I want more products from Ye."&nbsp;</p><p>West, who&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hired architects to design a volcano</a> and made a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprise visit to the GSD studios</a>, has previously expressed a desire to work with design and architecture professionals. With Mac, he spoke specifically of wanting to design&nbsp;"a minimalist apartment inside of a college dorm," which sounds downright wistful given his debut album was titled <em>The College Dropout</em>.</p><p>According to a report by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC</a>, Ikea has not commented on West's aims at partnership, but that earlier this year West had visited Ikea's HQ in &Auml;lmhult, Sweden, a...</p> IKEA recalls over 35 million MALM and other dressers and chests due to child fatalities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-30T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:19:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Well that's a downer. In response to multiple child deaths resulting from their distinctive particleboard units tipping over,&nbsp;IKEA is offering a full refund or a free wall-mounting kit for any MALM dresser or chest, and additional&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">models</a>, made between January 2002 and June 2016. In total, that affects more than 35 million pieces of furniture sold in the U.S. and Canada.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the&nbsp;U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the unstable units pose&nbsp;"a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children." Last year, after two reported child deaths in 2014, IKEA announced that it would offer wall-anchoring repair kits to owners for free. Two additional deaths after the 2015 announcement prompted IKEA to go full-recall, asking consumers to stop using the units entirely, and keep them away from children.</p><p>According to the CPSC, one child dies every two weeks from furniture or TVs tipping over, and one is injured every 24 minutes. More i...</p> The new IKEA Museum will open its doors on June 30 Justine Testado 2016-06-14T19:13:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T23:52:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="469" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although the gargantuan stores of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> can already be public museums themselves, the Swedish retailer is preparing for the official opening of the IKEA Museum on June 30 in their&nbsp;&Auml;lmhult stomping grounds. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Originally expected</a> to open last fall, the&nbsp;7,000 square-meter museum will showcase the company's history and widespread influence that spans more than 70 years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The four levels of the museum will show off iconic furniture pieces like the KLIPPAN sofa and the BILLY bookcase, some 20,000 objects from the IKEA archives, a rotating temporary exhibition area, and a gift shop. And since this is the IKEA Museum, there will be a 170-seat restaurant simply called The Kitchen (or K&ouml;ket) &mdash; which will most likely serve <em>those</em> infamous IKEA meatballs, but &ldquo;with a new modern take&rdquo;!&nbsp;</p><p>The museum will also have a new educational department called The&nbsp;IKEA Museum School Programme that will offer guided tours (in Swedish, English, and German) and workshops related to topics on&nbsp;entrepreneurship, technolo...</p> "We have probably hit peak stuff," says Ikea boss Nicholas Korody 2016-01-19T19:24:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T12:27:14-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The appetite of western consumers for home furnishings has reached its peak &ndash; according to Ikea, the world&rsquo;s largest furniture retailer. The Swedish company&rsquo;s head of sustainability told a Guardian conference that consumption of many familiar goods was at its limit. &ldquo;If we look on a global basis, in the west we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil. I&rsquo;d say we&rsquo;ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff &hellip; peak home furnishings,&rdquo; Steve Howard said [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?</a></li><li><p><a title="Get a glimpse of these hacked IKEA kitchens by BIG, Henning Larsen, and NORM Architects" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a glimpse of these hacked IKEA kitchens by BIG, Henning Larsen, and NORM Architects</a></p></li><li><p><a title="UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Why is Ikea a Non-profit?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is Ikea a Non-profit?</a></p></li></ul> Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T14:17:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea is to Airbnb what oxpeckers are to rhinos and Donald Trump is to Fox News: a symbiotic partner. [...] It may seem perverse to stump for standardization when Airbnb is known for its diversity, with lodgings in not just chateaus and cute bungalows, but also tree houses and shoe houses. [...] But dig a little deeper and you&rsquo;ll find the cool lingua franca of Ikea permeating Airbnb&rsquo;s 1.5 million listings like fat marbling rib-eye steak.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Airbnb and Ikea have&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously collaborated</a>&nbsp;on a contest in Tempe, Australia, for shoppers (guests?) to spend the night in showrooms for $10. But the partnership that this piece's author is proposing seems to directly align Airbnb's practices with exactly what its opponents criticize most &ndash; that by aiming to make the tourist's accommodations as neutral as possible, hosts are becoming more like a franchised hotelier, without paying the accompanying taxes.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris</a></li><li><a title="Why is Ikea a Non-profit?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is Ikea a Non-profit?</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></li><li><a title="IKEA designs a better home for refugees" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA designs a better home for refugees</a></li></ul> Get a glimpse of these hacked IKEA kitchens by BIG, Henning Larsen, and NORM Architects Justine Testado 2015-08-11T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T07:47:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here comes another product collaboration between famous architects and affordable-brand giants. Pretty soon, consumers worldwide can add a hint of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects</a>, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NORM Architects</a> into their everyday kitchen space. Danish furniture brand <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reform</a>, whose <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concept</a> focuses on hacking IKEA kitchen-cabinet fronts with their own customized designs, collaborated with the big-name architects in envisioning the new collection of kitchen cabinets. The kitchens will make their public debut at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">northmodern</a> trade show on August 13-15 and will be on sale starting September 1 (promotional video below).</p><p>The cabinets already have the on-trend sleekness and minimalism down, but stamping on the names of famous architecture firms ups the chic factor effortlessly. The cabinets by the one and only Bjarke Ingels Group&nbsp;&mdash; who is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no stranger to designing home products</a>&nbsp;&mdash; are available in white and oak or stainless steel, with a composite table top and composite wash. The cabinets come with ha...</p> UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters Nicholas Korody 2015-03-31T17:23:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:31:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea's line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week, after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. The lightweight "Better Shelter" was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the ...UNHCR... Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for 3 years &mdash; far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which last about 6 months.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As the Verge article notes, the announcement comes at a time when there are nearly 4 million people left without homes from the ongoing wars in Syria alone. Globally, there are 45.2 million people currently displaced by conflict and persecution according to a UNHCR <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a>. And even that number doesn't account for the millions currently being displaced by drought, famine, rising sea levels, resource scarcity or other ecological disasters.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Ikea Foundation's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Better Shelter"</a> houses comprise three individual parts: the frame, the panels, and the photo voltaic system. They can be assembled on site without any additional tools or equipment. While lightweight and transportable, the units are designed to last three years. The solar panels charge an LED light that can be used at night for four hours or to charge a mobile phone.</p><p>In an article posted last year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a>, I consider other design projects addressing the global refugee crisis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Why is Ikea a Non-profit? Archinect 2014-09-15T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:58:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IKEA has a little known secret: the company is a non-profit. Ingvar Kamprad the founder of IKEA created the philanthropic Stichting Ingka Foundation whose mission is to &ldquo;further the advancement of interior design.&rdquo; IKEA&rsquo;s bizarre business model looks like this: the nonprofit Stichting Ingka owns a private Dutch Company, Ingka Holdings that owns the majority of individual stores at the franchise level.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> At Long Last, You Can Spend the Night in Ikea's Fake Homes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-26T12:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-26T12:58:17-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with vacation rental site Airbnb&mdash;no strangers to zany marketing campaigns&mdash;an Ikea locale in the Sydney suburb of Tempe, Australia is opening up three of its showrooms to overnight guests for the price of just about $10. [...] The flatpack furnishing giant also promises a "remarkable wake up call," which hopefully includes some lingonberry jam toast delivered straight to guests' MALMs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ikea museum set to open in Sweden in 2015 Alexander Walter 2014-05-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T17:15:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea, the home furnishings store of choice for college dorms and bachelor pads around the world, is creating a new museum that is expected to open in the fall of 2015. The company will turn its first store in &Auml;lmhult, Sweden into a museum that will provide visitors with a survey of its history.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ikea to begin selling solar panels Archinect 2013-09-30T11:39:00-04:00 >2013-10-04T11:19:06-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea is to sell solar panels at its British stores for the first time in an attempt to tap growth in the heavily subsidised green energy market. The world's biggest furniture retailer, best known for cheap basics such as its Billy bookcases and Ektorp sofas, plans to offer solar panel packages at all of its 17 British stores within the next 10 months.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> IKEA joins Park(ing) Day Archinect 2013-08-08T13:28:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:31:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> As noticed on page 30 of their 2014 catalog, IKEA references parking day in this a fun new video. Park(ing) Day, for those that don't know, is an annual parklet concept, turning parking spaces into gathering places on a more permanent basis. Park(ing) Day 2013 will happen on Sept. 20 worldwide.</p> Ikea's new AR app superimposes furniture into your empty room Archinect 2013-08-05T14:57:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T14:57:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In addition to last year&rsquo;s unveil of an augmented reality-capable catalog, Ikea now boasts a new app feature that can turn that little book into a virtual piece of furniture. The new AR can now help shoppers envision what the furniture might look like in their apartment by adding the illusion of the product on top of the live view through a smartphone camera.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> IKEA designs a better home for refugees Archinect 2013-06-26T12:03:00-04:00 >2013-07-11T14:49:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The prototype of the shelter is now being tested in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. The refugee families who would be making the shelter their homes will have a direct say in how the product is developed, putting their experience at the heart of this collaborative process.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> IKEA's New Catalogs: Less Pine, More Pixels Archinect 2012-08-27T12:14:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T12:36:34-04:00 <img src="" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's a clever way to save money," Anneli Sjogren, head of photography at IKEA, said during a recent interview at the company's sprawling photo studio in this sleepy southern town. "We don't have to throw away kitchens in the Dumpster after the photo shoot." Instead, sets for entire rooms&mdash;spanning kitchens to bathrooms to porches&mdash;can be mocked up and created on a computer screen without the help of a single camera.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ikea home away from home comes to Paris airport Archinect 2012-07-13T17:43:00-04:00 >2012-07-13T17:44:42-04:00 <img src="" width="635" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea has opened a pop-up lounge at Paris's Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport for passengers to relax in between flights during the busy summer travel season. The lounge, situated in the airport's terminal 3, is open from July 13 to August 5, and includes various spaces laid out like bedrooms, a living room and a play area for children. Covering a total of 220 square meters, the Ikea space is open to all passengers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Welcome to Ikea-land: Furniture giant begins urban planning project Archinect 2012-04-13T11:30:00-04:00 >2012-04-14T19:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The people who run the Swedish home-furnishings behemoth are launching a bold push into the business of designing, building and operating entire urban neighbourhoods. Where once they placed a couch in a living room, the Swedes now want to place you and 6,000 neighbours into a neglected corner of your city, design an entire urban world around you, and Ikea-ize your lives. Their bold, high-concept notion of an urban &rsquo;hood could be an important solution to the housing-supply shortages...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> IKEA Debuts Completely-Furnished, Pre-Fab, Modern Homes Archinect 2012-02-29T16:01:00-05:00 >2013-04-04T21:22:15-04:00 <img src="" width="525" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swedish furniture company IKEA, has collaborated with Oregon architectural firm Ideabox, to launch its first line of prefabricated houses in the U.S., named the &ldquo;Aktiv.&rdquo; The IKEA-themed dwelling is a one-bedroom home centered around space-saving furniture and products. The hip and modern house was outfitted taking into consideration the demands from Pacific-Northwest homeowners, and is designed to be eco-friendly.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Aktiv, Swedish for active, is expected to be priced at US$79,500.</p> IKEA Urbanism: A New Era In Urban Design? Archinect 2011-12-19T20:29:00-05:00 >2013-06-26T13:30:12-04:00 <img src="" width="540" height="593" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IKEA has proposed to build a complete neighborhood in East London. The Swedish furniture giant tries to implement its ideas and concepts in new fields of knowledge and urbanism. After its injection of each single family&rsquo;s interior with cheap design furniture and the introduction of the IKEA standard house by daughter company BoKlok, it seems to be time for a complete IKEA neighborhood...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>