While you wait with bated breath for the IKEA 2017 Catalog to drop on August 8 (so close, yet so far), it seems the only thing for any small-space dweller or lover of smart design to do is to pore over these sneak peeks. Though we’re used to seeing bright, happy colors and bold patterns, these latest images reflect a more worldly flair. The muted and sophisticated color palette still focuses on making utilitarian products at an affordable price. And the new product line totally delivers: “Designed for people, not consumers.” Scroll down to see just some of the crazy-cool gadgets that will have you jonesing for the IKEA catalog release.
When installing a large kitchen isn’t possible, affordable or even necessary, the SUNNERSTA standalone kitchen ($112) is going to rock your world. This minimalist free-standing kitchen is designed to provide basic kitchen functions with easy installation at a stunningly affordable price. The main sink is included — just hire a plumber for the hook ups if you’re unsure about a DIY job. There’s a shelf to hold a small fridge under the countertop. Add the SUNNERSTA side cart ($30) for extra storage, and keep a single induction cooktop or hot plate tucked away to free up counter space for washing and food prep. This is minimalist living at its super-sleek best. The SUNNERSTA rail, hooks and containers ($2) just might spark a gazillion hack ideas, and can also be purchased separately.
Those with less transitory kitchen needs are going to love the sleek new drop-in stainless steel sinks. The NORRSJÖN ($299) features one large and deep bowl, ideal for tasks like watering plants, filling buckets, soaking laundry or bathing a baby or pet.
The HILLESJÖN ($129) has a large and small sink bowl, which is ideal for food prep or washing dishes and rinsing. It can be configured to suit your needs, with the large bowl to the left or right. Both sinks come in standard sizes that will fit any 31.5-inch sink base and feature a 25-year limited warranty.
Sometimes great things come in really small packages. The new LILLVIKEN sink stopper ($7) works with any sink that has a standard size drain and is accessorized with a lid that keeps the sink looking sleek when not in use. The basket is three times deeper than average, making it easier to clean and more efficient at collecting refuse. The LILLVIKEN lid ($5), sold separately, locks in magnetically and can serve as a handle for picking up the basket when tossing waste.
GRUNDVATTNET sink accessories ($3-$13) make food cleaning and prep work a breeze. The series includes cutting boards, a drying mat, a washing tub and a colander that fit the sinks. Perfectly stackable when not in use, they’re not only great looking but a real space saver.
Handsome new herringbone BARKABODA countertops ($299) will have kitchen designers and fauxdenza hackers alike doing the happy dance. The countertop is made of layers of solid wood over a particleboard core, so it’s lightweight, durable and environmentally sound. Cut the counter to your desired length, then cover outside edges with walnut veneer edging strips (included).
A sneak peek at the catalog also revealed some exciting new pantry accessories, including metal storage drawers and shelf labels, drying rods and an extensive array of glass jars with closable lids for canning. Look for the full IKEA catalog on August 8.
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