Just when you thought the November publication of a National Post article about IKEA hacking seemed to solidify our niche industry's place in the interior design conversation north of the border, yesterday's awesome Globe and Mail piece was delivered to seal the deal. We've got ourselves a veritable powerhouse trend here. From G&M:
Ikea hacking. It sounds violent, like what you might do with a wood chipper and an impossible-to-assemble Pax wardrobe or an Expedit entertainment unit (after you’ve pulled out all your hair). But while Ikea hacking often involves saws and X-Acto knives – even blowtorches – it’s less about destruction than it is about creativity and personalizing flat-pack furniture in clever, playful or straight-up crazy ways.
It’s a trend that has been growing for years – fuelled by two things: our collective desire to pay as little as possible for our furniture; and our equally strong desire not to have the exact same living or dining room set as the neighbours (which is hard to avoid, considering that Canada’s 11 Ikea stores attract about 25 million customers a year).
Naturally, we're thrilled to see this kind of attention being paid to the thing we devote our days in and days out to. It's like your child winning a spot on the varsity team or being asked to give a speech at a pep rally. Arrived, IKEA hacking has.
Better yet, in this instance, is the author's inclusion of PANYL alongside some of our favorite new companies O'verlays and Parts of Sweden. We are constantly evolving our product and are as driven as ever, but to be recognized as a thought leader in the flat-pack customization movement adds fuel to the flames:
In fact, a veritable industry has sprung up to help flat-pack manglers customize their Ikea purchases. A pioneer was Bemz.com, a Swedish-based website that sells slipcovers designed specifically to fit Ikea couches. More recently, Bemz has been joined by PrettyPegs, which makes whimsical replacement legs for sofas and beds; MyKea and Panyl, both of which make peel-and-stick decals; Parts of Sweden, which offers accessories such as door pulls; and O’verlays, which creates decorative panels that attach to door and drawer fronts.
Ultimately, ever individual who participates in a hack, an upcycle or a DIY project is responsible for pushing the popularity of the ideas that allow a company like us to exist. Check out the whole Globe and Mail piece and let's get pumped to walk the long and winding road of furniture customization together.