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Meatball Lovers Rejoice, IKEA Might Open A Stand-Alone Restaurant

Going to the cafeteria section of IKEA is always the highlight of our furniture excursions. Chowing down on some meatballs slathered in gravy and partaking in some smoked salmon was always a pleasant way to start or end an exhausting day of furniture shopping.

It looks like IKEA has heard our satisfied sighs after such meals, because they’re seriously thinking about opening a stand-alone restaurant devoted solely to the food.

Fast Company reports that the company is taking a look at all the things that work within their food business and actively communicating with a salmon farm in Norway to see if a restaurant concept could work for them.

Because of IKEA’s booming furniture sales numbers, how much they made in the food sector remained unnoticed until they compared their earnings to other restaurants. In 2013, IKEA reported $1.5 billion in annual food sales.

Wonder if a stand-alone restaurant serving IKEA food would affect their furniture sales?

We’ve been guilty on more than one occasion of gorging on the company’s cafeteria food and then just walking it off in the store. Furniture may or may not have been purchased through these trips.

Photo: IKEA

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You’re Not Dreaming, This Inception-Inspired Coffee Table Is Totally Real

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One of the trickiest purchases when moving into a new place is that coffee table, that one thing that brings together all your cruddy furniture and completes the room. A designer created the ultimate coffee table that’s sure to get conversations going.

Stelio Mousarris, a Cyprus designer, built a coffee table that’ll leave you in awe until your coffee gets cold. Called the Wave City Coffee Table, the piece of furniture features a detailed cityscape underneath the surface of the table.

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Inspired by the Christopher Nolan film Inception, the table simulates a wave that sweeps away skyscrapers and buildings. Mousarris used a 3D printer to combine wood and steel in this epic piece of carpentry.

The glorious table can be purchased for €4,000 which is roughly $4310 US. Maybe we can sweet talk our publisher into getting one for the office…

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Supersize French Fry Bed

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PicThx: Laughing Squid

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Let Them Sit Cake: Food-Themed Furniture You’ll Want to Sink Your Teeth Into

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You can sleep in a pizza, you can make a creepy sculpture of your face in white, milk or dark chocolate, so why can’t you sit and lounge on furniture in the shape of your favorite desserts? You can.

Italian designer Diego Gugliermetto has produced a series of food-inspired furniture in the shapes of cream puffs, cookies and chocolate bars. His food-themed poufs and sofas are not only inspired by a love of design, but a passion for food and what he calls ‘eating to enjoy’ not just eating to live.  Along the same vein, Viennese designer Dejana Kabiljo’s “Let Them Sit Cake” comprises fake flour bags stacked with what looks like some very real dripping chocolate icing. All in all, a sweet tooth’s house decorating dream.

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So just how comfy is this dessert furniture? We’re not quite sure, but they look delicious. Too bad they’re just for sitting and not for eating.

H/T Lost at E Minor

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This Ping Pong Coffee Table is Way More Fun Than Crossword Puzzles

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Let’s talk coffee tables. Bored? Me too. Now let’s talk about this ping pong coffee table-meets-chalkboard by Huzi Design. Genius!

The design company is reinventing the way we look at standard living room furniture. Alone, this piece functions as a standard coffee table. But if you’re feeling a bit artsy, feel free to go to town on the chalkboard surface. And when you get tired of that, simply place a divider on top, and it transforms into a mini ping pong table.

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Unfortunately this bad boy will set you back a cool $500, but can you really put a price on living room fun?

Ping Pong Coffee Table, $500 @Huzi Design

H/T Incredible Things 

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Intricate 3D-Printed Chair Crafted from Sugar and Sake

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3D food printers have recently started to gain popularity, as we’ve seen at CES and with those lifelike chocolate faces. But London-based designer Daniel Widrig has taken this edible art one step further with his Degenerate Chair creation.

The intricately-woven sculpture is made entirely from the designer’s own Z Corp 3D printing machine using a mixture of plaster, sugar and sake. While the chair’s elements are simple, the actual building process is quite complex. Widrig first modeled the chair using 3D tiling software and after perfecting its shape, it was broken down into high-res voxels, or three dimensional pixels. Because the printer couldn’t accommodate the entire chair, it had to be printed in three parts and put together separately. What resulted is no doubt strange and beautiful:

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Widrig’s Degenerate Chair is currently on display in Orléans, France at the FRAC Centre through March.

H/T + Picthx PSFK

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Comfy Cheesburger Stool Set

What’s a better way to bond with someone than over a cheeseburger? I know! Dining on a CHEESEBURGER on top of a CHEESEBURGER table while sitting on CHEESEBURGER stools! Unfortunately, these stools only stand 11” high so that means it was built for your toddler. Dagnabit! If grownups knew how to have more fun, they’d make’em in our size. ($160 @ mauriciousfurniture.com)

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Burger Beanbag

Bun-to-bun action anyone? With these Burger Beanbags, that’s exactly what’s going on. Each unit is made from an ultra-resistant, 100% polyester technical fabric and sits 90 cm wide and 50 cm tall. The bag is zipper-pulled and the outer cover is entirely removable. Now every time I sit, I’ll get up hungry. (295.00€ @ Woouf)