September 7, 2015
We’re no strangers to the IKEA catalogue, arriving promptly at our doors around this time of the year. That’s 1.26 million homes in Singapore. And while this year’s highly-flippable magazine may have reduced in size (all the better for stashing in our bags, we must say), they seem to have gone bigger and better with a new direction.
Here are the things we love about it:
1. A New Focus On Kitchens
Rather than the traditional organising of furniture by rooms, we certainly noticed the slant towards building more live-able, breathable lifestyle spaces. This year, IKEA puts the spotlight on life in and around the kitchen, the heart of the household that’s a space for cooking, entertaining guests and bonding within the family. They’ve also gone around to conduct a survey on Singaporeans’ thoughts and habits about the kitchen, and found that we were the least social cooks, and that more than half of us don’t grow anything at home compared to global surveys – no surprise there. Because of that, IKEA aims to help by providing smart and simple solutions to make these activities a lot more feasible and enjoyable in our small homes. And that’s on top of the affordable, smart home solutions that the Swedish brand offers.
2. The METOD Kitchen Range
Everything – from the frames, the doors, the hinges, and the drawers – is completely new so we can assemble the best modular kitchen possible, while making use of every inch of our house. You can opt for a nice kitchen island to bake or entertain guests, or for more storage space in the overhead cabinets, without missing out on little custom details like door handles and smooth drawer systems. It’s really up to you. Like previous kitchen ranges, there’s a 25-year guarantee included.
3. Sustainable Food – Veggie Meatballs
Yep, you heard that right. The above picture is an example of what we had at the launch party, served with cous cous, but these gluten-free veggie balls, GRÖNSAKSBULLAR, surprisingly delicious and made with a process that has a smaller carbon footprint, are served at IKEA Restaurants and available at the Swedish Food Market too. Available at $4 for 10pcs at the Restaurants, and $8.90 for a 1kg frozen bag at the Swedish Food Market.
4. ‘Walk in the Room’ Feature on the IKEA Catalogue App
Watch selected IKEA room sets come ‘alive’ with this swanky feature that allows us to take a tour of the rooms from our phones. With a 360-degree view, you get to easily see how their home items fit into your house without fretting over measurements and iffy drawings. Visit IKEA.sg or download the IKEA Catalogue App.