Published on March 13th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Art Sunday

I thought we’ll go arty today and feature some “art” accomplished through IKEA pieces. I don’t fully understand them (because I am a really practical person?) but maybe some of you out there will. That said, I do appreciate the kind of extreme thinking IKEA inspires. It’s also fun to see how far out IKEA can go. So,  ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a series of Lack side tables that transforms into floors and shelter and a modular art piece from SODA straws. ~ Jules

Transformer floor

Materials: 10 Ikea Lack side-tables, plastic foam, textile rope, glue gun, glossy paint, drills and needles

1. Paint and drill:
Take 10 (or moore) Ikea LACK side-
tables. Paint the underside with a glossy black paint. It should be a Specular gloss and almost work as a mirror. Paint two of each sides of the legs.

Drill holes from the side. Place plastic foam inside the cavaties to make them more confortable.

2. Hinge them together:
Use the legs as a hinge. Drill holes (3mm) diagonally through the legs as shown in the drawing. Drill holes on the sides of the table tops.

Buy a long thin needle and stitch the legs and the table tops together with one continuous thread for each hinge. This hinge makes it possible to bend it in two directions.

You can connect the table-tops as you wish. In my example they are connected like a coiling snake.

3.Plastic foam:
use a glue-gun to glue the plastic foam on upside of the new floor. Make cuts in the foam to create openings where you can hide, store or hang things in.


This is a floor that can flip or unfold in various ways. You can build a new table, a bed, a shelter, a hiding place, a wall etc …, …

~ Kristina Sundin, Stockholm

Intrinsic Formal Value of 5000 IKEA SODA Straws

Materials: SODA Straws

Description: A work of modular art consisting of 5000 units; in this case IKEA straws.

The work was created simply by connecting the end of one straw to the other by friction. Pinching one end would allow the straw to fit tightly into the next.

The entire process was meticulously documented and recorded, over 25 hours of footage captured.

It was imperative to the concept that I stood in the exact same spot while I produced it, in order to achieve the most natural form. I am studying the Intrinsic formal value of the single unit. Where most modular artists arrange their units in arbitrary ways, I am compelled by the material to interfere with its inherent form as little as possible.

~ Adam Frank, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

8 Responses to Art Sunday

  1. Anonymous says:

    Every child has done this, I remember doing it when I was little. Kinda dumb.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It always seems the the first people to judge art are those who know don’t know a thing about it. Both pieces are conceptually creative and look well executed.. it takes a determined and passionate individual to dedicate that much time and effort into their art work. Keep at it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dan, come up with something better and post it then, or if you have posts here already show them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    if it is not a hack then why is there an art section? there is a strong concept behind the straw hack I think we should give him a little more credit. I would expect to see something like this in a gallery…

  5. Dan says:

    This is not Art, this is styrofoam glued to a box and a pile of straws. real art comes from creative people not posers.

  6. Karna says:

    I think the idea of an hack is that you take something and make it into a functional item. theses objects are for display; not functional.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Making pieces of art with no real world application out of Ikea furniture is not a hack it is pointless to show them on a website about smart design.
    The straws do look fantastic but I have no idea what the reading “thing” is even supposed to be for as it looks like junk.

  8. Stephanie says:

    Art Sunday makes me sad :(

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