The blue $1 IKEA FRAKTA carrier bag is an iconic part of the Swedish furniture store's line-up. It's a Good Bag, and one of the most recognisable things in the world. Even Balenciaga made one (for $3000). As part of a new set of Scandy furniture, the FRAKTA has been redesigned in a few different colours.
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When you were a kid, what did you think the future would look like? Hoverboards, Back to the Future style? Flying Cars a la The Jetsons?
It's 2017 people, and look what we have here - an augmented reality Ikea experience. So that everywhere is your life can be filled with Ikea, like a disillusioned insurance worker's apartment shortly before starting an underground Fight Club.
Known for innovating by employing technology and features other companies have had in use for years and treating them as Brand F**king New, Apple is now rolling out wireless charging on its new line of iPhones. Despite hideous initial sales, there's likely to be a rush to buy up charging stations and IKEA -- Sweden's most famous non-idiot export -- is pulling a comfortable, flat-packed chair up next to Cupertino's money avalanche.
Last year, it was revealed that some of Game of Thrones' lush cloaks worn around the shoulders of Jon Snow and friends are actually cut up and re-dyed rugs from IKEA. Last week, that news made the rounds. Now, the company has responded by telling readers how to slice up one of their rugs so they can pretend to be a Stark themselves.
Video: 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.
It's been about a year since I last jammed my finger putting together IKEA furniture. It was for my brand new apartment, and even though I broke a sweat and a little skin at the top of my hand, I saved a ton of money - that's the benefit of outfitting your home in IKEA housewares. Now, your favourite Swedish furniture brand is selling the same agonizing experience in a bicycle made for everyone.
IKEA is recalling roughly 34,000 beach chairs 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.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing the families of three toddlers killed by recalled IKEA dressers said the company has agreed to settle their wrongful death lawsuits, paying the parents a collective $US50 ($69) million. In addition, IKEA will donate $US250,000 to various children's organisations and increase funding for a campaign highlighting the dangers of tipping furniture, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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 colourful 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.
Everybody's favourite hot dog seller slash flat-pack furniture store is getting over 500 new products in its 2017 catalogue refresh, which officially kicks off at the start of September. One techy inclusion at Ikea for the second half of 2016 and beyond is the addition of new tables, lamps and wireless charging cases for smartphones that -- if you've got the right one -- remove the need to ever plug your phone in again.
In the last few years, IKEA has shrugged off its false perception of a purveyor of cheap furniture and started selling some truly stunning stuff. For 2017, the Swedish flatpack furniture maker mixes classic and modern designs. But for every good-looking piece, there's a terrible one that some poor college student is going to get tricked into buying.
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. However, they aren't being recalled in Australia.
Soon enough, you'll be able to buy your MALMs and your OUMBÄRLIGs and your VALLENTUNAs without leaving the house. Ikea has been incredibly slow to adopt online shopping, but Australia is the testing ground for the global flat-pack furniture and homewares giant to try something new, and to potentially move away from its giant labyrinthine warehouses for a more personalised digital storefront.