Sunday, January 1, 2012

gott nytt år

Nothing says Happy New Year like a trip to IKEA. While we're having our kitchen cabinetry custom built by Surface Workshop, we're leaning toward using IKEA cabinetry and sinks for the bathrooms. We'll write more about this after we make some decisions. For now, we like the flexibility and design of the IKEA cabinetry. We're less sanguine about their durability, but we think we can make it work for a few years.

Of course, it's not just the merchandise that inspires us at IKEA...

We've been using IKEA furniture since the early 1990s. We like their furniture's simple design (IKEA is to DWR as Banana Republic is to Armani) and have always loved the brilliance of the flat-pack system. By designing the furniture to ship in small packaging and be assembled at the point of use, IKEA cut costs (and along with fuel and material use) and made well-designed furnishings available to a broader audience.

Their stores are pretty rocking, too. You can keep your fancy showrooms. We prefer walking through the warehouse section, which is straight out of the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. And the exposed structural, mechanical and electrical systems are awfully inspiring.

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