IKEA

Upper East Side

Rendering of what the new Ikea storefront will look like, via Ikea

After teasing us last week with news that they were in the “preliminary” planning stages of opening a city-center store in New York City, Ikea has today announced, that they will, in fact, open their first Manhattan store in spring 2019. The IKEA Planning Studio–a delivery-only store concept that focuses on “smart solutions for urban living and small spaces”–will open at 999 Third Avenue, right across the street from Bloomingdales at 59th Street and just over the Queensboro Bridge from Long Island City where Amazon is readying to bring 25,000 employees.

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City Living

An Ikea store on Tottenham Court Road in central London, via Ikea

Amazon, Target, and Trader Joe’s have all cemented their Manhattan presence in recent years, and it looks like Ikea does not want to be left out of the action. In a Wall Street Journal story today that discusses the Swedish furniture company’s larger restructuring plans (which includes slashing 7,500 jobs in an attempt to focus on delivery and digital efforts), it was revealed that Ikea will open 30 new stores in city centers over the next two years. There is currently a store in central London, and the next foray into major urban hubs will be its largest yet, a 5,000-square-foot space in Paris. After that, they’ll open a city-center store in NYC, which we assume will be somewhere between FiDi and the 80s.

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Design, Events, Furniture, Soho

“Haven in the city”

To mark 75 years of sleek, affordable design, IKEA is hosting a free pop-up event for just five days in Soho. Starting on Wednesday, design nerds and interior newbies alike will enjoy walking through different homes and get inspired by the various products and furniture, many which can be found in the company’s 2019 catalog (officially released on Tuesday). Dubbed the IKEA Inspiration Experience, the event, located at 477 Broadway, runs between August 1 and August 5.

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Design, Furniture

Ikea Is Selling a Full Mini Kitchen for Only $112

By Dana Schulz, Thu, August 4, 2016

Ikea mini kitchen, SUNNERSTA, compact kitchen, Ikea 2016

6sqft has featured a couple compact kitchens before (like ChopChop and Gali), but they’ve both been concepts. Now, thanks to none other than Ikea, space-starved New Yorkers who actually prefer cooking to delivery can easily purchase a mini unit that offers everything a traditional kitchen would–a cooktop that can be removed to reveal countertop space, a mini fridge, a sink, and back rails to install various storage solutions (h/t Elle Decor). For those who want a bit more storage, Sunnersta also has a matching bar cart with three shelves for just $30.

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City Living, Polls, Video

POLL: Is IKEA a Blessing or a Curse for Relationships?

By Dana Schulz, Wed, February 17, 2016

By now, we’ve all heard the jokes about IKEA breaking up relationships–whether it’s getting lost in the store’s maze, figuring out how to pronounce a word with ten consonants in a row, agreeing upon one of 400 throw pillows, or putting together an entire entertainment center with one Allen wrench. To poke fun at the common joke, comedian Tyler Fischer made this video where he pretends to be a couples’ counselor in the store (h/t Apartment Therapy). He cites fake statistics (90 percent of couples break up before they hit the register) and tells customers about bogus incentives (when you spend a certain amount you get seven free Swedish meatballs). But his faux-therapeutic approach got us thinking. Maybe for some couples, the hurdles that Ikea poses actually strengthen their relationships, as these common frustrations also come with uniting for a common goal, problem solving, and learning about one’s partner. Which side are you on?

Art, Design, Products

Download Ikea’s Adult Coloring Book for Free!

By Rebecca Paul, Mon, January 25, 2016

ikea coloring book, adult coloring book

Adult coloring books are all the rage these days and we couldn’t be happier. While there are many different types available for purchase (check out this coloring book-notebook combo or this architectural-inspired rendition), Ikea has just released their own version, which is free to download (h/t Curbed). From decorative houseplants to POÄNG chairs and KALLAX shelving units, each of the five pages includes a collection of Ikea products arranged in fun geometric patterns.

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Featured Story

apartment living 101, Art, Features, NYC Guides

10 Great Places to Buy Affordable Art in New York City

By Andrea Zlotowitz, Tue, September 29, 2015

Affordable Art NYC

Our new series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week we explore ten great places to buy affordable, yet beautiful art.

In New York, we spend the bulk of our finances on our apartments, leaving little left in the budget for designer decor. But it can get quite dreary looking at those blank eggshell colored walls for months and months, especially during the colder seasons when we’re stuck inside. So with fall officially in gear, it’s time to kick off the lower temperatures with some great art. With the cash-strapped New Yorker in mind, 6sqft has put together a list of ten great places–local shops, online resources, and markets–that’ll allow you to give your walls an added boost without breaking the bank.

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City Living, Design, Products, Technology

Ikea Sittning, Placemat with Phone pocket

We’re having a hard time deciding whether this design is brilliant or just plain depressing. These new placemats come courtesy of IKEA and are part of their upcoming SITTNING collection, a limited edition series made up of 40 pieces focused in on “the joys of sharing a meal with those you love.” The new mats—which will reportedly be called “Logged Out”—will feature a convenient little pouch for you to tuck your smartphone away so you can finally enjoy a meal with your friends without checking Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, email…

More on IKEA’s new design here

Daily Link Fix

gerber baby 2015
  • This fun mapping project tracks the spread of newborn names across the United States over more than a century. [CityLab]
  • Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce is really taking off. Community gardens in the borough will provide 5,000 pounds of the ingredients before the end of the year to produce 30,000 more bottles. [NYT]
  • Join the author of the popular blog Daytonian in Manhattan for a lecture tonight on the stories behind the historic architecture of Manhattan. [NYPL]
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth while you shop for Ulsbergs and Askvolls. Ikea is launching an in-store candy shop. [NYDN]
  • Almost 100 years ago, a Bronx serial killer escaped from prison. [Ephemeral NY]

Images: 2015 Gerber baby (L); Bronx Hot Sauce (R)

Daily Link Fix

ikea meatballs
  • Check out these crazy NYC-inspired tattoos. [Refinery 29]
  • Why can you get an entire Swedish meatball meal at Ikea for $5.99? So you’ll automatically assume everything else in the store is a steal. [NYP]
  • The story behind Seinfeld’s very realistic, but fake subway set. [Gothamist]
  • This skull ash tray uses functional form to prod smokers to quit. [Designboom]
  • Go inside LinkedIn’s new Empire State Building office. Inspired by social clubs, it features a ’20s speakeasy lounge hidden behind a wall of vintage rotary phones. [Fast Co. Design]

Images: Ikea meatballs (L); Seinfeld episode on the subway (R)

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