Test Your Endurance on This Ikea Showroom-Turned-Climbing Wall

Lots of us spend a lot of time lounging, sleeping, eating—heck, living out of and off of Ikea furniture. In order to promote a new superstore coming to Clermont-Ferrand in the middle of France, the company installed a fully functional climbing wall of inexpensive modern furniture outside of a cathedral. Spiderman's… » 9/12/14 2:28pm 9/12/14 2:28pm

A Lightweight Cork Sofa Means You'll Never Hire a Mover Again

Beds can be dismantled, legs can come off dining tables, and shelves can be emptied, but that large sofa in your living room? That's not getting any smaller or lighter for moving day. And all it takes is one time moving a nightmarishly heavy sofa bed yourself to long for Lucie Koldova's alternative made from cork. » 9/09/14 6:32pm 9/09/14 6:32pm

Every Ikea Catalog Cover Since 1951

It's that time of year: If you're one of the hundreds of millions people on Ikea's mailing list, you probably recently received a thick square of super-thin paper filled with (mostly rendered) products. Ikea has been sending these babies out for more than six decades—and you can follow the evolution of popular design… » 8/29/14 9:16am 8/29/14 9:16am

Clever Chairs Stack Horizontally So You Don't Need To Lift a Thing

Filling a venue with temporary seating is a time-consuming process—both during setup and take down—since it requires heavy chairs to be unstacked and then stacked again. But the designers at Seoul-based Centimeter Studio realized there was a better way. Their Sleeed chairs slide together and stack horizontally, so a… » 8/27/14 4:47pm 8/27/14 4:47pm

Ikea Is Betting Big on These Six Small Tech Companies

Ikea is one of the largest corporations in the world, and even the smallest change in its supply chain could have a gigantic impact on its business. After all, this is a company that uses 1 percent of the world's wood supply. In fact, Ikea operates a whole venture fund devoted to emerging tech, from ice cream to… » 8/27/14 8:39am 8/27/14 8:39am

A Wooden Hammock Looks Incredibly Classy (and Maybe a Little Pinchy)

A stained wood Adirondack chair can class up any deck, and it turns out a stained wood hammock can do the same for a backyard. This impressive creation, called the Para Hammock, still features an intricate web of cords (in this case, strong nylon parachute cord)—but here they're used to support over 700 tiny tiles… » 8/26/14 5:42pm 8/26/14 5:42pm

Four of These Clamps Will Turn Almost Anything Into a Table

Last year, Gizmodo wrote about a Kickstarter for the Floyd Leg, an age-old, simple-as-nails clamp that turns whatever vaguely table-sized piece of material you choose into, well, an actual table. It was a refreshingly simple invention amidst the usual morass of insane vaporware and weird personal projects, and now,… » 8/22/14 5:20pm 8/22/14 5:20pm

Racing To Build Ikea Furniture Is a Guaranteed Relationship Destroyer

Need a quick way out of a relationship? The folks at Buzzfeed have come up with the most perfect weapon of mass destruction for marriages, friendships, and even family ties. It simply requires a pair of couples to go head-to-head in a race that has them assembling a single piece of Ikea furniture. » 8/15/14 4:45pm 8/15/14 4:45pm

A Side Table For Charging Gadgets That Plugs Right Into the Wall

The wireless utopia we've all been patiently waiting for (while tripping over cords) is still nowhere to be seen, but it's not for lack of trying. Designer Youmin Vincent Kim has come up with a wonderful interim solution with the Soak desk that leans up against, and plugs directly into, a wall—allowing it to serve as… » 8/06/14 5:34pm 8/06/14 5:34pm

This Single Sofa Becomes a Full Living Room Set In Seconds

When you live by yourself, a sofa and TV are pretty much all you need in your living room. Unless you intend to shun a hermit-like lifestyle and actually invite people over to visit. In that case you'll need additional seating, and the Sofista fills both roles by transforming from a couch into a three-seat sofa,… » 7/31/14 9:25am 7/31/14 9:25am

A Twisted Mobius Chair Provides an Infinite Place To Sit

Do you remember the first time you were introduced to a mobius strip and its never-ending looped surface? It was probably during grade school science, and it probably made you rethink everything you knew about the world, the same way this Mobius Chair by Takeshi Miyakawa will make you rethink everything you know about… » 7/28/14 12:32pm 7/28/14 12:32pm