most of us own something from ikea, be it an entire set of furniture bought almost at once when in dire need – because the only place most of us can get a set of furniture at once is this massive global interior decoration phenomenon from sweden – or something that's stuck throughout the years. their basics adorn households everywhere, and i am quite convinced that many people share my frustration with their items being so recognizable.
we've got, for example, a few expedit bookshelf units which are the only inexpensive ones on the market that hold the mass of books we own. i'd like to get a set of string, but so far they're just a little too expensive to buy en masse. i found a really nice shelving system from boconcept, but was told that it wasn't designed to hold books... okey.
thus, we're dealing with ikea.
for those of you who share my detriment – and why not for you who actually love your unmistakable ikea pieces – there's a new service for practically unlimited customization options: mykea.
after realizing that ikea furniture is totally standardized, the people at mykea saw a clear spot for offering several designs that can be adapted to the most popular ikea lines, such as the billy bookshelf and malm beds and dressers. the vinyl cover is attached with soapy water and can be removed with heat and sticker remover, but knowing the base material, i would not really recommend removing one...
the idea seems original and sociable: they let you submit your own print and offer accepted designers a percentage of any of their prints sold. their prices are low – which also means that the 10% going to the artist is prolly not too much – but keeping such a product affordable is probably a good selling point.
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there aren't many i'd consider at present time, but the selection seems to be growing. if i end up having my malm dresser for longer than i'd prefer, i might just consider getting a couple of sailorettes on it...
what do you think?