We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.
‘Til September, lovelies.
Though Jen is an IKEA instruction savant, I am nothing of the sort. I once tried to help my sister construct a HEMNES bed frame, but ended up bending most of the pegs and splitting one of the main wood planks in half. We were forced to scrap the project–my sister bought another bed frame, and I used the wood pieces as ghetto shelves separated by stacks of college textbooks. The failure was incredibly defeating.
I wonder if Kenyon Yeh, a London-based designer whose “UNIKEA” (Unique IKEA) series requires tossing out those darned illustrated instructions and reimagining new furniture shapes from the flat pieces, simply had one-too-many failed experiences like mine. Or did he truly hope “to create personal identity out of ubiquitous uniformity,” as he maintains on his site? Yeh sees the approach as a statement of freedom: “The process is liberating and brings a limitless attitude of possibility,” which translates roughly from Arty-Farty to English to mean, “Damn those fucking Swedes! I just used the wood to make my own got dam end table.”
Browse Yeh’s UNIKEA collection, produced and made to order only, here.
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