December 5, 2013 |
Emerald green is so 2013. Say hello to Radiant Orchid, Pantone's color of the year for 2014. Those not familiar with phalaenopsis may wonder: What, exactly, is Radiant Orchid? In the company's annual announcement, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described the hue as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones" that "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. " How much weight do these Pantone predictions carry?
October 31, 2013 |
At least there's no toilet. Ikea this week is staging a bathroom-as-billboard outside a Paris train station with human actors doing their best to portray the good life and all its flat-packed design splendor. The Telegraph reports that the actors put on a dazzling show of teeth brushing and hair drying for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. The slogan appearing above all this domestic bliss essentially says: "At last a bathroom that rises above. " In other company news, Ikea made national headlines this month when it announced that it would be selling solar panels in Britain.
October 4, 2013 |
Within the next year, British shoppers will be able to waltz into an Ikea Corp. store, home to Malm beds and Dinera plates, and buy solar panels. But it might be a while longer before their American counterparts will be able to do the same. The Swedish home goods giant will offer photovoltaic solar panel packages in its 17 British stores within the next 10 months. The systems, from Chinese manufacturer Hanergy Solar Group, will cost roughly $9,200 for a three-bedroom home.
August 27, 2013 |
Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise Interior Design has decorated and redecorated her tiny 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice in a variety of themes during the last 15 years. When she was going through "a dark phase," she painted the walls steel gray and installed red flocked wallpaper. From that moody place, she moved on to a sunnier, beachy vibe with seaside blue and green accents. The bungalow may be small, but De Vargas said the size does not limit her. It is, in fact, what has empowered her to change designs over and over again.
August 6, 2013 |
Every summer, I regret the loss of the Swedish restaurant Gustaf Anders in Costa Mesa and its annual crayfish festival. Not to mention the Princess cake draped in pale green marzipan. It won't be the same, but here's the thing: It's just $9.99 per person. Kids 12 and under get in for $2.49. What is it? IKEA's kräftskiva -- an all-you-can-eat Swedish crayfish festival on Friday, Aug. 16. Note that seating is limited, so if you plan on going, best to buy your tickets now at the closest IKEA store.
July 25, 2013 |
If anyone thinks the old-school catalog is dead, try Googling the frenzy that is the Ikea 2014 catalog. The annual showcase of flat-pack splendor has become its own retail event. The company is releasing its free 2014 Ikea catalog app Thursday and shipping its printed catalog next month, but L.A. at Home writer Lisa Boone, producer Dianne de Guzman and editor Craig Nakano previewed what's new and forthcoming by e-flipping the pages of the digital catalog . Here are three First Impressions of the best, the budget-minded and the surprising.