This might be outing myself as prehistoric, but my first encounter with Ikea was before the age of the cell phone, in France. Back in the day, like, before they even had Ikea stores over here in the United States. “No wonder everyone’s apartments look so much better over in Europe,” I remember thinking to myself, somewhat wistfully.
Well times have changed, and these days there’s an Ikea near just about any major US city you can think of, and a lot of smaller ones too! Everybody shops there, from the budget minded college students to the design obsessed McMansion dwellers, and everybody’s house, (or apartment, or garden) looks the better for it.
And now, there is even an ingenious sub culture of creative folks talking matters into their own hands. Sure, they love Ikea, but they want it on their own terms. These “Ikea Hackers” (a phrase coined by the brilliant blog of the same name that chronicles these projects) will take apart those dining chairs you were getting sick of and reassemble them into design museum-worthy furniture.
Simple or complex, these reworkings of the off-the-shelf housewares have truly elevated the concept of reuse. Why recycle when upcycling is so much fun? For inspiration, we scanned the web and found some true strokes of genius out there. Here are our faves …