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.
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?
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.
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.
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…
- 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)
- 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)
- Ikea’s latest Life at Home report focuses on the kitchen. Turns out, 46 percent of New Yorkers cook almost every weekday and 81 percent enjoy the art of cooking. But, no surprise here, we hardly ever eat in our kitchens or dining rooms. [IKEA]
- Photos of ’90s newsstands show a grittier and cheaper New York City. [Daily Intelligencer]
- This Saturday and Sunday is the 5th annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, where you can tour over 125 churches, synagogues, and meeting houses. [Landmarks Conservancy]
- Past and Present: The International Cork Company of Greenpoint. [Brownstoner]
- A diary of trying to walk 32 miles around Manhattan in one day. [Racked]
- New documentary short “The Collector” takes you inside a Brooklyn apartment packed with $10 million in African art. [Gothamist]
As part of Milan Design Week, Ikea has revealed their Concept Kitchen 2025, created in collaboration with London-based design firm IDEO and students from Sweden’s Lund and Eindhoven universities. The futuristic kitchen prototype is based on predictions about what the world will be like ten years from now. It assumes we’ll all be living a much greener, reduced lifestyle and technology such as smart tables and drone-delivered groceries will run kitchen operations.
The latest trend in the electric world is USB outlets, which allow you to charge your devices right there in the wall socket without a plug. That still requires getting off the sofa and walking the probably two feet over to the outlet, though, which can really put a cramp in one’s “House of Cards”-binge-watching style. But thanks to a new furniture collection from Ikea, you can power up your phone without having to search for a cord and while still in the reclined position. The new line of lamps, bedside tables, and desks features integrated charging pads that allow users to simply place their wireless gadget on top.