Category: design

What IKEA doesn’t want you to know about the 5×5 Expedit

At IKEA, $200 will buy you 25 cubbies of modern storage in a six by six foot monolith of melamine and ground up Chinese newspaper*. Similar items from fancy furniture providers can cost over a thousand more, so what apartment dweller with too many books, albums (said cubbies are perfectly sized for your divine vinyl collection or your cat) or doodads wouldn’t put down two Benjamins and some quality allen wrench time for such cheap and copious storage? Ones who have had too much Apartment Therapy and not yet realized what I’m about to reveal.

This slab of sleek Swedish störage will be in your apartment förever.

This slab of sleek Swedish störage will be in your apartment förever.

You bring it home in four heavy but not unmanageable boxes, then you put it together (Hint: you really need a white rubber mallet to do this; without one you will become frustrated and chip the finish, I guarantee it. Why white? Because you bought the white one, what kind of modern design fetishist are you otherwise?) and then what do you have? a 6×6 foot thing that somehow weighs more than the four packages, and will no longer fit through the door, down the hall, in the elevator, down the stairs or in your car.

You will also need a white rubber mallet (Bøyg, not included) to assemble it.

Or so I hear.

You will not be able to disassemble it, at least not such that it could ever be put back together. You will not be able to sell it on craigslist for any price. You cannot recycle it but if you are handy, you can turn it into a hamster habitat. Your only real option is to abandon it when you move out, or if you are very very lucky, sell it to the next tenant of your apartment. You can also write it into the deed of your condo or leave it to a young relative in your will.

You'll need friends to help you assemble it. You'll need very good friends to help you get rid of it.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

* Actually, IKEA Expedits are made of “Particleboard, Paper, Fiberboard, ABS plastic, Acrylic paint, Foil” and all the wooden dowels you need, minus one.

Back in Quack

The long deflated night of the Hong Kong rubber duckie is over. Sayeth the Straits Times:

Hong Kong on Tuesday joyfully welcomed the return of a giant inflatable rubber duck, which drew tens of thousands of visitors before it was abruptly deflated for maintenance for almost a week.

“I thought that once it got deflated, it wouldn’t come back again. So now I see that it is back, I am very happy,” said Ms Bonibelle Lee, 28, who was carrying a 3-D duck tote bag with matching yellow rain boots.

It warms the rubber gizzards of your heart doesn’t it? Florentijn Hofman’s big duck shows us once again that you can bounce back from anything with the right attitude and a skilled support team.

All candy should come with technical cross-section diagrams

While snagging a fresh Mozart Kugel from the snack table at the office I noticed this informative diagram inside the box. Behold the majesty of two different kinds of marzipan on one chocolate ball.  What really drove the Salieri Kugel to madness was how easy the Mozart Kugel made it look.

Inside the Mozart Kugel

Now that’s my kind of infographic. It’s too bad you typically only get this sort of diagram with German or Japanese candy. To my mind, it should be as required as the nutrition information or the candy guide for the perplexed. Via Steve Almond’s CandyFreak, you can also test your ability to identify candy bars by their cross sections, and there’s a whole load of cross-sectional chocolate fun at Edible Cartography. It should go without saying that I really like that name.