The arrival of the new IKEA catalog is always an event, on IKEA Hackers at least. So when the online version went up, I browsed and bookmarked my favourites, way past bedtime.
This issue is especially fun with “moving” pictures – steam wafting up, water trickling down … woohoo!
There are still loads of little details to pore over – videos to play and extra bonuses to unlock – so this is my first impression of the IKEA Catalog 2016 and the stuff that caught my eye. For a professional review by a literary critic, scroll down.
The 2016 catalog is all about food and and celebrates how food – and all the activity around it – brings people together. (Last year was the bedroom and bathroom.) In line with the food & cooking theme, the catalog opens with gorgeous spreads of kitchens. The one below with the gold striped backsplash is definitely attention grabbing. The kitchens also showcase the versatility of the new SEKTION/ METOD system.
I’ll start from the kitchen and dining sections and work my way through the catalog. Let’s take a look.
Here are my top 16 picks from the IKEA Catalog 2016.
#1 LISABO dining table
Besides its curvy profile, the solid birch LISABO has an interesting back story. It all started with a funny looking dowel. A wedge dowel that completely changes how an IKEA table is assembled. It promises to cut down assembly time by up to 80%. That alone is worth celebrating!
#2 MÖCKELBY table
The MÖCKELBY has traditional country good looks. Made from solid oak and it is pretty hefty looking. I think it will last forever. Sits 6 comfortably.
#3 SINNERLIG range
The SINNERLIG range was one of the items I saw during my trip to Sweden and I totally fell in love with it. The use of cork as the base for this range is genius. Unlike some cheapo corkboard material, the SINNERLIG cork has a warm, natural feel. I can’t wait for it to arrive in Fall.
#4 RIMFORSA range
In the RIMFORSA, IKEA introduces another star material – the bamboo. (We will be seeing a lot more of bamboo, that’s for sure). It combines beautifully with glass and steel. Hang up the RIMFORSA rail & accessories to free up your kitchen worktop for clutter free cooking. The RIMFORSA tablet stand may also mean the end to hacks like this.
#5 RISATORP cart
I met the RISATORP in person during my last trip to IKEA and was immediately taken by how attractive it is. It’s a pretty cart to have around the kitchen for cooking essentials you want to keep close by. The baskets are also detachable. A friend also commented that it may be good for serving a super sized traditional English afternoon tea.
#6 OLOFSTORP storage unit
I can see the OLOFSTORP working for small kitchens. As a breakfast bar, additional prep area or even a compact kitchen island. I can also foresee lots of people adding wheels to it and carting it around.
#7 New IKEA 365+
The IKEA 365+ range finally gets an update. It’s not too fancy and very practical for daily use. I like it especially because of the use of cork as accents.
#8 JÄTTEVIKTIG candle holder
I like this purely for its curves and how it can be used for tealights or candles.
#9 SÖTCITRON self-watering plant pot
The food theme extends to growing edibles. For inept (and forgetful) gardeners like me, a self-watering pot is a god-send. Fingers crossed, my herbs will not die on me now.
The name BITTERGURKA is just too cute and seems to be a close cousin of the bittergourd. (Or a very angry Gurkha). That aside, the hanging planters are plain clever! It comes with a hook that lets you hang the pot from a rod. Simply add more pots for a vertical garden. The touch of bamboo makes it so pretty.
Moving away from the kitchen, after all, there is more to a home, let’s take a look at other sections of the catalog. In the lighting department, I like the JOXTORP paper shades. It’s origami-like and at $7, you can swap one out every month or two.
Besides that I am very happy to see that IKEA is all-in with LED lighting. More energy saving and bulbs that last longer. Yay!
#12 SVIRVEL work lamp
I find the SVIRVEL lamp irresistibly cute. It looks like a guy holding his oversized head or plugging his ears (depending on how you want to see it).
#13 TSUJIG hanger
The branch like TSUJIG hanger is one of IKEA’s better looking clothes hangers. You can build up rows of different heights for visual interest. I am not sure yet until I see this in person, but I think it has lots of hacking potential.
#14 NORDLI for the landing space
The NORDLI is not new but I like how it is used here to create a colourful and open landing space. If it is well-organized, a landing space becomes a display in itself.
#15 RÅGRUND bathroom range
The RÅGRUND bathroom range is made entirely from lacquered bamboo, a material that boasts the ability to withstand high humidity. It looks akin to the MOLGER but with more “texture”? I’d need to see it in person to confirm that. But that too tall towel chair over there, I definitely want one!
#16 YDDINGEN cabinets
And lastly, these streamlined tall bathroom cabinets will make any bathroom look neat and structured. I think they will hold loads of stuff and will make great lockers and landing space storage too. And that’s my rundown of favourites. What about you? What’s your favourite piece in the new IKEA Catalog 2016? Tell me in the comments section. Besides the products, there are lots of inspiring room sets to oooh and aaah over. Like this one.
Another thing I noticed is that IKEA seems to have muted the colours — going for cool whites, softer greys and blacks. You’d find fewer fire-engine red, green or cyan. Canary yellow is still in but only as an accent colour and where it does appear, it really does pop.
I’m done with my 16. Which is your favourite new thing from the IKEA 2016 catalog?
All images courtesy of IKEA.com
77 YEAR OLD INFLUENTIAL LITERARY CRITIC REVIEWS THE IKEA 2016 CATALOG
One of Germany’s most influential literary critics, Hellmuth Karasek says, “it is basically a scandal that the world’s most widely distributed book, with a print run of an astounding 220 million copies, has never been properly reviewed.”
He then goes on to give a scathing review of the IKEA 2016 catalog as if it is a literary work. Karasek takes his duty very seriously and his droll delivery made me chuckle.
Not surprisingly, the catalog fails as a novel. “The book by IKEA could be criticized for featuring more pictures than characters, It has a lot to say, but much could be considered junk,” he opines. “It is a furnished novel. The characters are forced to crowd themselves between the furniture, they seldom get their say, they barely speak coherently and yet this work has become such a success.”
Should we “read” this book? I am not going to spoil it for you. Go watch the amusing video for his conclusion.