IKEA uses stores in SIngapore to find new homes for homeless animals

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 29 July 2014

Swedish furniture chain giant IKEA has been recently experimenting with putting life-sized cardboard cutouts of actual homeless cats and dogs on its showroom pieces — such as couches and rugs — in Singapore, to get customers thinking about bringing a potential pet home. The cutouts come with unique barcodes that can be scanned with a mobile device to get instant information about the actual animal pictured.

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Sleepers will not be denied at furniture stores across China

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 22 July 2014

If you think all IKEA stores around the world are alike, you haven’t been to one in China. We’re not talking about the furniture. Rather, it’s all about the visitors who have no qualms depositing their weary bodies on any bed, sofa or surface to catch up on some precious sleep. When asked about the […]

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IKEA meets monorail in Japan, transforms it into comfy pad

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Carpets, cushions, sofas, funky lamps, coffee tables and all: when IKEA opened a new store in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, it decided to launch the store by giving the monorail a makeover with its home decor and furnishing products. There is but just one question on our minds: where’s the bed for a full-length subway […]

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IKEA Malaysia is selling a table for lonely singles

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Thursday 3 April 2014

Singles and forever aloners will finally have some company for dinner when they purchase this hilarious furniture piece from IKEA Malaysia. Called the ‘LONE singleton dining table’, it features a mirror that will show you the most beautiful companion in all of the land… yourself! Just think of all those interesting conversations you’ll have, and there will never be any awkward silences.

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Unexpected Products sees Ikea grand pianos and M&M bullets on show

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 11 December 2013

Kinder Surprise condoms? Lipton lights cigarettes? No, you’re not losing your mind. This is just a very cool project by Ilya Kalimulin called ‘Unexpected Products,’ where big name logos are placed on somewhat surprising products. Part of this series ‘shows that both a good logo and product are instrumental in marketing, and that one cannot […]

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IKEA now makes happy music videos, too

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Wednesday 31 October 2012

IKEA ain’t just making furniture these days, it’s also making ads that includes one of happy bopping kids playing house with their happy bopping imaginations. Oh, and to the tune of happy bopping music of course, by Irish band Masters in France. Called Playin’ with my Friends, this is one in a series by ad […]

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IKEA catalog scandal gets very own internet memes

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Websites on Wednesday 31 October 2012

The marking gurus at IKEA are probably kicking back and laughing as their latest catalog has turned from a big scandal to a series of viral internet memes which is gaining them more publicity than ever. IKEA had photoshopped women out of it’s catalogs for the Saudi Arabian market to fit in with religious beliefs and traditions.

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New Meme: Pictures of women replaced by IKEA products

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 11 October 2012

Following the huge furore over Swedish furniture chain IKEA’s strange decision to remove women from its Saudi Arabia catalog, some netizens have wryly retaliated by replacing women with IKEA products. Haha, what a brilliant idea.

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IKEA to open chain of budget hotels in Europe

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Saturday 18 August 2012

The beloved build-it-yourself Swedish furniture store, IKEA, is now launching a chain of budget hotels throughout Europe. The first of these hotels will open in Germany in 2014, and 100 hotels will open soon after. However, the hotels are adopting IKEA’s philosophy of reasonably priced quality, rather than their actual furniture.

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IKEA Germany now has parking lots for dogs

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 3 August 2012

Barking lots … erm, we mean parking lots, for dogs? They now exist in Germany’s IKEA outlets as rectangular astro-turf lawns set aside for dog owners to park their dogs while they shop. Looks rather cosy, too.

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IKEA invents world’s cheapest digital cardboard camera

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By Samantha Dalrymple in New Trends on Friday 18 May 2012

When I first heard about this, I was surprised that a Swedish company known for selling a variety of household items have created something so different from their usual products: the first eco-friendly digital cardboard camera called the KNÄPPA. Running on two AA batteries and able to hold up to forty images, it is apparently […]

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An IKEA catalog short film

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By Raymond Reyes in New Film on Saturday 10 December 2011

Apparently, life isn’t as perfect as you would assume for the immaculate models living inside the IKEA catalog. With this amusing short, Jeroen Houben, Tim Arts and Stefan van den Boogaard show us the real-life drama that goes on beyond what we can see from the outside. The four minute short won the jury prize […]

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