Sunday, February 17, 2008

Daft Design

So what's wrong with a Billy bookcase? eh?

OK - I know that the IKEA 'simple' self assembly instructions will give you a panic atttack - but Billy is so cheap you can afford to pay an expert to do it.
However if you live in a city loft or a converted aircraft hangar (supervised by Kevin McCloud) you might prefer this:

Or - for the farmer.

Designers just can't help themselves can they?

You'll need a chair to sit down and read the books.

I'm a great fan of excellent design so I'd love a Barcelona chair designed by Mies Van Der Rohe.
You wouldn't find this Le Corbusier classic in the DFS sale Those might impress your guests - but this is more likely to keep the conversation going when the 'Palourdes with Chanterelles' and 'Passion fruit coulis' have been scoffed.
But why have a separate bookcase and chair when you can have them together? Here are the 'must have' shoes for 2008 ....

...... obviously assembled with the help one of those IKEA leaflets




Blogger Murph said...

Classic design derives from addressing functionality rather than trying to look distinctive.

er...that's it...

11:59 am  
Blogger tony said...

Play The IKEA GAME !

1:55 pm  
Blogger liits said...

I always said that when I finaly retired, I was going to have a big Jim'll Fix It type chair made. One with a self emptying ashtray and a coffe machine built in. I would then sit and read until.....

2:10 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

*deep breath*

Kaz, you tease. Design is one of my great passions in life. Other than Irishmens' arses.

Eero Saarinen's Womb Chair, anything by Arne Jacobsen. My list goes on and on. Stop me before I ...


3:27 pm  
Blogger Mopsa said...

Furniture designs always grasp my eye, and the shops that sell wacky contemporary stuff may have me drooling if there is a luscious piece on show. But I'll never anything even if was affordable - can you imagine a Ron Arad bookcase in a 17th century farmhouse? Unless you have dead flat walls (and I don't) every book would fall straight off.

5:20 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

We've got an IKEA chair, cupboard, wardrobes and chests of drawers, but not an IKEA bookcase or hot dogs.

7:34 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

Well, Geoff has just proved how middlebrow we are compared to everyone else who reads and comments on this blog! I definitely want some of those IKEA flatpack shoes though: I've never thought of attaching heels that way round.

8:12 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

That basketball chair looks like a willy.

Ikea is hell on earth, but I like the meatballs.

8:12 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

You sound a bit like William Morris who said - “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.

This means your bipeds must think you're beautiful!

I thought I'd be good at this because I 'm a bit of an IKEA addict - but I was really rubbish.

You had to go to the loo?

Should that be Arse Jacobson?
I love minimalist design with kitsch highlights.

You need that cow bookcase - or a large box.

When I go to IKEA I'm always tempted by that folding chair called Jeff - but they can't spell it right.

I sleep on, sit on and eat off IKEA - the rest is car boot.
Those shoes are definitely the next big thing - but I think I'll stick with my Docs.

99.9% of visitors to IKEA eat meatballs and buy tealights.
I counted.

8:46 pm  
Anonymous Rimshot said...

I can proudly claim to have not stepped foot inside an Ikea for neigh on 5 years now. They've even stopped sending the catalogs. So would someone please freeze dry some meatballs and forward them post haste?

3:39 am  
Blogger Roses said...

My Viking took me to Ikea this weekend. He wanted a Billy bookcase (I kid you not). I didn't need anything but a curtain to hang over the door. *sigh* It was my first time...and I fell in love.

I bought: 10 t-light holders, 2 rugs, a garlic press, a balloon whisk, mortar and pestle, curtains and 3 planters.

I want: a grill pan with foldover handle, malm bedroom furniture and bed and several chest of draws (for Boy), and at least 3 more Billy bookcases.

Viking says if I'm good and my bank manager is still talking to me, he'll take me back to Ikea.

7:58 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I'm pleased to say I haven't been inside an Ikea* for over ten years now, and have not one piece of furniture by them in my house (I tend to go for Victorian, real wood items).

I do have lots of bookcases. I still need more.

*Mind you, I'm not sure there is one in East Angular.

8:46 am  
Blogger Malc said...

We've got a few bits of Ikea about the place and they're not bad. The store by junction 9 of the M6 at Wednesbury is the pit of despair - I once was tricked into going there on a Sunday.

The blue bags are brilliant for mucking out the pigs.

10:46 am  
Blogger stitchwort said...

They may be design statements, but none of those chairs look at all comfortable.

There is nothing to be said about the "shoes".

10:56 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

You'll have to make one last trip and buy the meatballs in bulk for your freezer.

I love IKEA too it's like Aladdin's cave.
Trouble is you start chucking stuff in that yellow bag and get a shock at the checkout.

May I recommend planks and breezeblocks for the East Angular 'urban chic' look.

Wonderful use for the blue bags - you could win a tenner if you sent that to TV Quick.

You can only really get comfortable if you have a sofa (preferably a squashy one) all to yourself - you'd need it in those shoes.

11:09 am  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

Louis Ghost chairs are wonderful. I love perspex furniture (when not admiring Victorian high gothic)

5:02 pm  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

I was intrigued at the 'IKEA' of sitting inside of my bookshelf but unfortunately my derrière appears to be much wider than your standard bookshelf...
and yes I measured it..

7:40 pm  
Blogger Oswegan said...

OK, now I have to go there and sit on some of these things.

12:39 am  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Kaz have you been to the one in Ashton yet? This big blue and yellow monster can be seen from miles... I can now safely go on any of the surrounding hills without the fear of every getting lost...
Book Case... nowt up lass with a few bricks and a scaffolding plank cut in bits, and who needs a chair when I can get comfy in my wheelbarrow, reclining with me legs in't air :O)

9:02 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Yes - those transparent chairs are great!
The trick is to successfully mix the old with the new - easier said than done.

Although the space may be a tad slim - it is padded.
Perhaps you can buy it in different sizes.

If you have a saddle you could sit on the cow as well.

Although I shop at the one in Ashton regularly - I really feel sorry for the local residents. I bet they preferred the 'Dark Satanic Mills'.

I can see it now - wheelbarrow with Laura Ashley cushion and brocade covered handles.
Homes and Gardens - will be doing a feature soon!

12:05 pm  
Anonymous Bonnie Peterson said...

They may be design statements, but none of those chairs look at all comfortable. There is nothing to be said about the "shoes".

7:25 am  
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