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Ikea Founder Steps Down, Hands Chairman Position to Son

Ikea Founder Steps Down, Hands Chairman Position to Son

Ikea photo from Shutterstock Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad just stepped down as chairman of the billion-dollar furniture company, handing the reigns to his son, Mathias Kamprad. The retailer's transition

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13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

For those who think that environmentalism is just for hippies, actor Harrison Ford and Peter Seligman, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International, kicked off the conference with a discussion that

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Agustina Bottoni’s Monolithic Brut Barbecue Set is Made From Recycled Coconut Coir

Agustina Bottoni’s Monolithic Brut Barbecue Set is Made From Recycled Coconut Coir

"Brut" is a monolithic stool and barbecue set designed by Agustina Bottoni that is produced by casting a compound of cement and coconut coir (an agricultural waste). Bottoni's low-tech, DIY casting

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IKEA Withdraws Swedish Meatballs from UK Stores After Discovery of Horse Meat

IKEA Withdraws Swedish Meatballs from UK Stores After Discovery of Horse Meat

Oliver Hoffman / Shutterstock Swedish furniture giant IKEA is the latest company to be swept up in the horse meat scandal. Authorities from the Czech State Veterinary Association found horse DNA in the

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Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Riding a bicycle is normally a healthy alternative to driving a gas-guzzling vehicle. But in places like Beijing where air pollution is hitting record levels, keeping yourself separated from the deadly

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Stackable Urban Beehive is Perfect for Beginner Beekeepers

Stackable Urban Beehive is Perfect for Beginner Beekeepers

Seeking to help restore the world's declining honey bee population, designer Rowan Dunford has created a simple, stackable beehive that makes it easy for anyone to raise bees. Dunford's aptly named Urban

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LIKE Architect’s LEDscape is an Interactive Maze of Glowing LED Bulbs in Lisbon

LIKE Architect’s LEDscape is an Interactive Maze of Glowing LED Bulbs in Lisbon

LIKE Architects has worked with IKEA before last year when they took thousands of plastic bag dispensers to create "Frozen Trees". Their latest project was part of a plan to introduce IKEA's line of

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Top 6 Inhabitat NYC Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Inhabitat NYC Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2012 was a crazy ride for New Yorkers, and we saw everything from the good (phone booths repurposed into miniature libraries) to the bad (Hurricane Sandy crippling our city) to the just plain ugly (a

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IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

Ikea has long been recognized for its adoption of sustainable practices, from investment in renewable energy to their participation in the American Forests plant-a-tree program, and today the company has

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Solar-Powered Autarkhome House Boat Brings Passivhaus Living to the High Seas

Solar-Powered Autarkhome House Boat Brings Passivhaus Living to the High Seas

The two story Autarkhome has everything a family needs. The IKEA-clad interior is large enough to host a six guest dinner party, a sprawling kitchen, two large bedrooms and a double-sink bathroom. The top

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DIY ELIOOO Manual Shows How to Build Your Own Hydroponic Garden From IKEA Components

DIY ELIOOO Manual Shows How to Build Your Own Hydroponic Garden From IKEA Components

Hydroponic gardening may seem like a complicated endeavor that requires a master's degree in Biology, but according Antonio Scarponi, it's not all that hard. In fact, it's so easy, you can create an

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General Motors Joins IKEA and Wal-Mart among Top Solar Power Users in U.S.

General Motors Joins IKEA and Wal-Mart among Top Solar Power Users in U.S.

The Solar Energy Industries Association has just named General Motors as the #1 automotive user of solar power in the United States. It also ranks No. 13 of the top 20 solar-powered companies in the

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Ikea Announces Plans to Build Over 100 Budget Design Hotels in Europe

Ikea Announces Plans to Build Over 100 Budget Design Hotels in Europe

Ikea is already well known for its affordable and stylish home furnishings, but now the retail giant has set its sights on the budget hotel market. The world’s largest furniture retailer, based in

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Ida-Marie Corell’s Creates an IKEA Sack Gown for the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur In Berlin

Ida-Marie Corell’s Creates an IKEA Sack Gown for the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur In Berlin

Ida-Marie Corell’s ID(E)A, part of Oh Plastiksack! a co-curated show at The Gewerbemuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, features the artist playing a keyboard in an expansive blue gown…constructed from

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2,000 IKEA Hangers Upcycled Into Dynamic Chromatic Screen Room Divider

2,000 IKEA Hangers Upcycled Into Dynamic Chromatic Screen Room Divider

Two Portuguese designers, tired of watching clothes hangers tossed aside after a brief life on the rack, decided to reclaim them as functional art. Diogo Agular and Teresa Otta of LIKEarchitects

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Temporary IKEA Lounge at the Charles de Gaulle Airport Has Nine Free Beds

Temporary IKEA Lounge at the Charles de Gaulle Airport Has Nine Free Beds

Always ahead of the curve, IKEA once again displays their creative might with a 200 square meter temporary lounge at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. Passengers departing from Terminal 3 can take

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Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array

Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array

IKEA has developed some innovative green designs over the years, but now the home furnishings retailer has the distinction of having the largest photovoltaic array in the state of Michigan. The

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IKEA’s Miniature Greenhouse Lets Anyone Create Their Own Indoor Garden

IKEA’s Miniature Greenhouse Lets Anyone Create Their Own Indoor Garden

Don’t have room in your yard for your own greenhouse? Never fear - Swedish retailer IKEA has a solution. Their adorable SOCKER mini greenhouse is the perfect place to raise your favorite plants, indoors

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Flame Retardant Manufacturers Rely on Fear, Tobacco Industry Tactics

Flame Retardant Manufacturers Rely on Fear, Tobacco Industry Tactics

Flame retardants are abundant in household furniture, despite the fact that they only delay fires by a few seconds and the inhalation of such chemicals often kills victims before an actual fire. While

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IKEA Unveils Cheapo Digital Camera Made of Cardboard

IKEA Unveils Cheapo Digital Camera Made of Cardboard

During this year's Milan Design Week Swedish furniture maker IKEA rolled out a bunch of bright-colored tables, chairs, and other pieces of furniture. But perhaps the most interesting product

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IKEA’s New Plant Tables Make Indoor Gardening Easy for Everyone

IKEA’s New Plant Tables Make Indoor Gardening Easy for Everyone

IKEA unveiled these brilliant plant table designs at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, as part of the iconic company's 2012 PS Furniture Collection. The tables have in-built spots perfect for

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IKEA PS Unveils Smart, Sustainable Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2012

IKEA PS Unveils Smart, Sustainable Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2012

This bamboo table has three changeable tabletops - a planter, a fruit bowl and a normal flat table. It can also be put together to create different compositions. Poltrona is a minimalist take on

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Ikea’s Solar-Powered Sunnan Lamp

PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Ikea’s Solar-Powered Sunnan Lamp

When Ikea came out with its SUNNAN solar-powered desk lamp, we were immediately enamored with the elegant, minimal design, but were curious about how much light the product could actually deliver when

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Energy Saving Light Only Turns On When Your Eyes are Open

Energy Saving Light Only Turns On When Your Eyes are Open

Most energy-conscious people remember to turn lights off when leaving a room in order to save energy, but one conservationist named Randy Sarafan has taken this practice to the next level. In light

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IKEA’s Beautiful New SOLKULLEN LED Lamp Floats Like a Paper Jellyfish

IKEA’s Beautiful New SOLKULLEN LED Lamp Floats Like a Paper Jellyfish

IKEA just unveiled its latest collection of designs, and one of the brightest is Ehlen Johansson's gorgeous SOLKULLEN LED pendant lamp, which makes efficient use of materials and energy. Glowing like a

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Bemz and Pretty Pegz Overhaul Your Ikea Furniture With Custom Covers & New Legs

Bemz and Pretty Pegz Overhaul Your Ikea Furniture With Custom Covers & New Legs

If you're sick of your Ikea furniture because everyone in the world has the same thing, don't kick it to the curb just yet. A few cool companies like Swedish PrettyPegs and Bemz offer accessories like

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See Ideabox & Ikea’s Hip Modern Prefab at the Portland Home & Garden Show This Weekend

See Ideabox & Ikea’s Hip Modern Prefab at the Portland Home & Garden Show This Weekend

Aktiv is the latest design to come from Salem, Oregon-based Ideabox, who produces a wide range of compact and smart prefab homes. The one bedroom, one bath prefab is roughly 750 sq ft and places a strong

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I-Beam Design Playfully Renovates a New York City Apartment Using 20,000 Legos

I-Beam Design Playfully Renovates a New York City Apartment Using 20,000 Legos

Looking for some inspiration to renovation their 1,500-square-foot New York City apartment for them and their 10-year-old son, Melissa Marks and Vicente Caride, called in I-Beam Design for help, and with

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Ikea Launches New Solvinden Wind and Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights

Ikea Launches New Solvinden Wind and Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights

We've covered Ikea's solar powered lamps in the past, however the Swedish purveyor of affordable design just launched a brand new line of Solvinden lights that are powered by the wind as well as the sun!

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“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

2400 of the Rationell Variera IKEA pieces were used to create the Frozen Trees installation. The plastic pieces were connected to a lightweight metal frame and white monochromatic LED lights were

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