Dress your walls, not depress your walls

2 Jul

In many ways I like Ikea. I like that you can get a smart kitchen for not too much money. I like their glass cake stands, bright yellow candle lanterns and tree-shaped jewellery stands. (And their veggie hotdogs if I’m being honest.) But I hate their ‘art’. Maybe hate seems like too strong a word, but I despair of the tired selection of pebbles stacked on top of each, New York skylines, dodgy flower prints… It’s just all so mass-produced and impersonal. And I guess that’s what makes it worse, there is no way to make it personal. You can add cushions to a couch to make it your own, but you can’t add anything to a stock-shot style print.

So as an antithesis to Ikea art, here’s some of the very lovely stuff you can get from Box Art. Made by the also very lovely Kate, the illustrated/photo/vintage wallpaper canvases range from tattooed-style, 1950s bathers, retro romance to oriental glamour, stylish Scottie dogs and penguins at Portobello beach. Best of they can even be customised to match your interior (if you ask very nicely).

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2 Responses to “Dress your walls, not depress your walls”

  1. brittany marie 02/07/2008 at 2:50 PM #

    This is the fourth time that IKEA has been brought to mind this week…but I agree with your opinion on their art selections. They seem to be the diet version of available artwork out there…just enough to get a taste of art but far from the real thing.

    I am going to def check out Box Art though…the work appears unique and lively…a definite change from IKEA.

  2. Conversation Pieces 03/07/2008 at 9:02 AM #

    I like ‘the diet version’ theory!

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