Ikea shared its famous meatball recipe, and I made it so you don’t have to

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Just because Ikea is closed doesn’t mean your GI tract gets the day off. Ikea is not just the world’s most popular furniture company; it might be the world’s foremost meatballer, too. The company sells over a billion Swedish meatballs each year in its cafeterias and frozen to-go packs. And now, with Ikea stores closed around the world in response to COVID-19, the company published a recipe so you can duplicate the dish at home. Read Full Story

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Got an old Billy bookcase you want to get rid of? Ikea will buy it back from you

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The program will start running around the world next month—but not in the U.S. On Black Friday, Ikea is encouraging customers to bring back old furniture instead of buying more. In 27 countries—including the U.K., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Russia, although not the U.S.—Ikea is now running a new “Buy Back” program that will launch on November 24. Read Full Story

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This flat purse is designed for the end of retail as we know it

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This flat-pack purse is designed to be shipped. Ikea built an empire out of a simple idea: furniture designed in such a way that it could be flat-packed to ease shipping costs and eliminate the need for a delivery truck. Today, that same innovation comes to purses, as the Milan-based bag label Up To You Anthology has created a flat-pack purse. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, along with leather and felt options. And yes, just like Ikea furniture, you have to assemble it yourself. Read Full Story

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See Ikea’s first collaboration with Lego. It’s genius.

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Kids love Legos, but they make a mess. This simple box is designed to solve that. Kids adore Lego, spending hours building entire worlds with the tiny plastic bricks. But to the consternation of parents around the world, the toys can end up littering the entire home, their sharp edges hurting your feet whenever you stumble upon one. To provide a creative solution to this problem, Lego partnered with Ikea to create a storage system that doubles as a play structure. Read Full Story

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