‘IDEA’ Is A Real-Life IKEA Parody Stocking Items The Store Would Never Think Of



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Flatpack furniture used to be a novelty, but Swedish giant IKEA has successfully made it the gold standard for household products.

Noting the growing emergence of furniture superstores like IKEA, Italian industrial designer Niklas Jacob has teamed up with 17 designers from six countries to imagine a “design supermarket” featuring everyday, self-assembly items that these stores might have never stocked—probably because many of them aren’t family-friendly.

The furniture pieces were on show at Milan Design Week at Superstudio. View some amusing designer-created items from the collection and see more of Niklas Jacob’s artworks on his website.

‘HÄLLELUJA’



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‘HÄLLELUJA’ is a multifunctional piece made comfortable for various activities and positions, whether for prayer or for moments of intimacy.

‘BJÄBB’



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Inspired by the fairytale Hansel and Gretel, this cage-like playpen isn’t so much for children as it is for parents who need some quality alone time.

‘JÄVLA’



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Not for the faint of heart, ‘JÄVLA’ is a game for risk-taking kids who fantasize about spending their lives in a circus.

‘ÄKTENSKÅP’



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Not to be swamped by IKEA’s endless selection of storage units, Niklas Jacob—the creator of this series—designed a closet made to “comfortably” hide your lover in when your partner unexpectedly returns home. There’s a slot to hold “time-killing” objects with, a door that extends to become a desk, and a foldable seat. Not to mention, a peephole to ensure the coast is clear.

‘HYRVAGN’



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This wooden “rickshaw” illustrates the existing tension between “the world of affluence and the developing world,” and how they rely on each other.

‘GRANDIÖS’



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‘GRANDIÖS’, a flatpack pedestal, takes on selfie culture by turning you into a sculpture to be admired at. For full effect, its creator, Daniel Llorca, recommends you place the stool in front of a mirror.

‘CHATT’



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