I stumbled upon what appears to be the home page for something called IKEA PS
. Now, I've been in IKEA lots of times, and noticed a lot of products named IKEA PS; usually they're storage boxes made of sheet metal
, and I always wondered what that meant. I still wonder, but now I know it's not just for sheet metal storage.
Unfortunately, it's got a Flash interface, so I can't link to the really interesting stuff. I'll try and link to the products in the real catalog...IKEA PS ELLAN
was essentially stolen from Homer Simpson; it's a chair that can be leaned back safely, but its solution doesn't lie in the addition of extra legs, thus IKEA dodges Simpson's patent.
IKEA PS FÅRÖ (no longer in the master product list
) was an easy chair that has many advantages over the POÄNG chair
I bought. For one, it's got more diacritical marks in its name. Also, since it has a net instead of fabric, it'd breathe better in summer. For all I know, it's even easier to take a nap in. I wish I'd had a chance to try it. Likewise, IKEA PS BOASTAD
might have made a better living room table than the nested POÄNG tables
I bought, since it can act as a TV tray for multiple guests. I've had guests over before, but they've never eaten in my dining room.IKEA PS HOFORS
are made of diapers. Pre-consumer waste diapers, of course, as not even Japan has a separate recycle bin for diapers. They're paper cones you attach to the wall and can throw your gloves and stuff in. I really need a few of those. I wish I could replace that awkward radial hat rack with an IKEA PS DUVHULT, which is a shelf with six giant bamboo skewers shooting out the top, but they stopped making it.IKEA PS JORDBRO
looks like an old-school Cylon's head when it's wide-side down.
My favorite one, however, is another discontinued item called IKEA PS ENKÖPING. It's a kitchen table for lonely people in tiny apartments. It folds down from the wall, revealing a little shelf-table big enough for your single serving, and a poster frame containing one of four pictures, one of which is an imaginary dinner companion. I'm not making that up, there's even a video explanation by the designer if you can find it.