When IKEA revealed that it was retiring the world's most ubiquitous bookcase, the web erupted in EXPLIDITIVES. “What a KALLAXAMITY!”, they typed in all caps. Alas, the situation is not nearly as bad as we feared now that, in truly EXPIDITIOUS fashion, the KALLAX has landed!
Yesterday’s routine IKEA run was met with a curious situation in Aisle 1 of the self-serve warehouse. Half of the EXPEDIT bays were empty, with others fully stocked. In the empty bays, some unfamiliar stock cards had appeared.
Eventually, I noticed that the bay containing the iconic white 2x2 now had the KALLAX moniker. This was startling since I, like all of you, had been polling the IKEA website daily in search of something, anything to assuage my angst and anticipation. And despite no KALLAX product listings on the IKEA website, I had apparently stumbled into the most momentous event in rectangular flat-pack storage this century, if not in the history of time. The white 2x2, at $34.99, is $5.00 less than the comparable EXPEDIT and onto my flat-pack cart it went.
Opening the box was perplexing. It looked like an EXPEDIT. It smelled like an EXPEDIT. It even sounded like an EXPEDIT (yes, we tapped on the hollow walls).
But the final proof came when, putting it together, we mistakenly rotated the internal cross by 90 degrees and had to unscrew the whole thing and then put the outside walls back on (why does that always, always happen?). Anyhow, as it lay in pieces in front of us, we couldn't resist PANYLing the interior surfaces, in a lively spring Lemon Drop.
Tristam wanted to PANYL just the interior surfaces, which is super easy because you do it before putting the unit together.
Of course, laying out all the pieces (above) did not stop him from screwing it up once more (below).
In the end (a scant 7 minutes later), he delivered his first KALLAX.
Looking at the EXPEDIT and KALLAX side-by-side, we honestly have no idea how we've been able to survive this long with the EXPEDIT. KALLAX makes us feel as if we are experiencing the dawn of a new spring!
It still didn't hit 60 degrees in Brooklyn today, but Spring came to Tristam's apartment nonetheless.