Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

Ingvar Kamprad was just 17 years old when he founded IKEA in 1943. He probably did not foresee that his small Swedish firm would become the world’s largest furniture retailer, let alone a cultural icon. Seventy-three years later, the company sells innovative products to enthusiastic home-owners on every non-polar continent.

In recent times, IKEA has started to look beyond simple flat-pack furniture to explore new technology and organization solutions. The vast range now includes many gadgets that provide instant upgrades to suit any home. We took this as the perfect opportunity to celebrate all things IKEA.

Wireless Wonder

NORDMÄRKE

This slimline pad is part of the Wireless Collection, which seeks to make wireless charging technology simple and affordable. The pad can charge three Qi-compatible devices simultaneously, and it comes in two colors.

Price:  $69.99

JYSSEN

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

The same functionality can be embedded into your desk, or any other worktop, with the JYSSEN wireless charging pad.

Price: $29.99

NORDLI

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

With an integrated charging pad, the stylish NORDLI nightstand means no more fumbling around for your charger at bedtime. For charging other devices, it comes with a USB cable.

Price:  $59.99

VITAHULT

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

The inexpensive VITAHULT wireless charging cover gives Qi charging powers to older smartphones. The design is basic, and the range is restricted to Apple and Samsung handsets, but these cases are very affordable.

Price: iPhone 4/4s $20, Samsung S3/S4 $15

Clever Lighting

DIODER

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

You can place this LED lighting kit anywhere around your home to add color, picking from seven different hues. It can also reduce eye strain when used behind your TV screen.

Price: $29.99

IKEA PS 2014

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

It looks like the Death Star, but this amazing pendant lamp opens up to reveal a copper framework that projects warm, diffuse light.

Price:  $79.99

Saving Space and Hanging Storage

GRUNDTAL

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

Based around a simple rail, the GRUNDTAL organization system includes numerous shelves and containers for storing small items on the wall.

Price: Rail $9.99 – accessories $3.99–$24.99

KRYDDA/VÄXER

For green-fingered folks in cramped apartments, the KRYDDA/VÄXER cultivation kit provides the perfect base for growing micro-herbs in your kitchen (UK only; US next year).

Price: £147.50 (approx $183)

KVISSLE

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

The KVISSLE wall magazine rack can hold books, magazines, and even the occasional tablet — all organized in labelled compartments.

Price: $16.99

Everyday Ergonomics

BEKANT

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

Standing desks are great for health, but you might not want to spend every hour on your feet. With this adjustable desk, you can switch easily between sitting and standing.

Price: $479

FRIHETEN

Celebrating IKEA: The Very Best from Sweden

This stylish sofa converts into a full-size double bed for guests, and even has room for storage. If you are looking for flexible seating, this is it.

Price: $599

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.
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