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The Week in Design

Drake went high art, Ikea gave much-needed homes to Iraqi refugees, and Cape Town got a whole lot of Mexican wrestlers.

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In 2013, Ikea developed a prototype for refugee shelters that could be easily produced, shipped, and actually provide a pleasant, habitable experience. As Gizmodo reports, this week at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition, the UN Refugee Agency ordered 10,000 Better Shelter units to be sent to Iraq, where over 2.5 million people have been displaced.

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Ikea’s New Furniture Will Wirelessly Charge Your Phone

You will never have to leave the couch again to look for a phone charger.

If you, like me, measure the length of your life by the number of iPhone and Macbook adapter cords you have broken and lost over the years, then you will be relieved to hear that news that Swedish meatball retailer Ikea will soon be selling furniture that charges your electronic devices wirelessly. Now, instead of buying your adaptor cords in bulk from suspicious Chinese manufacturers, you can invest in a well-designed but difficult-to-assemble coffee table instead. The company announced that it would be integrating Qi wireless functionality in a range of tables, lamps and desks for your home, which will basically allow you to charge your phone or computer without ever leaving your armchair.

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Here’s That IKEA-Inspired Furniture Construction Game You Always Wanted

All the fun of modular furniture-building with none of the actual furniture to show for it.

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What is it that makes us go nuts for ready-to-assemble Scandinavian construction sets? Is it because building Lego models and IKEA furniture allows us to pretend—if only in a brief, superficial way—that we’re highly-skilled, master-craftsmen? Is it because there’s just something inherently satisfying about pieces designed to fit seamlessly into one another doing exactly that? Whatever the reason, our love for modular construction has turned Lego sets into movie stars, and IKEA furniture into a default dorm-room furnishing. And now, as Consumerist points out, there’s even a video game—the IKEA-inspired “Höme Improvisåtion”—to scratch your ready-to-assemble construction itch:

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Video: How Ikea Stores Intentionally Confuse You and Force You to Buy Stuff

Ikea's store design is literally messing with your mind—and pocketbook.

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Ever been in an Ikea store, gotten lost, and then ended up leaving with a bunch of stuff you didn't originally want and maybe didn't even need? Don't feel ashamed if you have, because that's how Ikeas are designed to make you feel, according to Alan Penn, a professor of architectural computing at University College London.

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Feast Your Eyes: Ikea Cookbook Returns as the "Art of Cooking" Video Series Video: Ikea Cookbook Returns as the "Art of Cooking"

Check out photographer Carl Kleiner's latest project with Ikea: nine whimsical videos that should inspire a little cooking. And maybe some dancing.

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Remember the Ikea Cookbook Homemade is Best? Well, it's back and it's in motion. Now the photographer behind the Swedish retailer's cookbook, Carl Kleiner, has teamed up with Eric Severin and Evelina Bratell to make a whimsical nine-part video series.

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