IKEA shows again how committed the brand is to “improving the everyday life for the many” with the opening of its temporary VIP Lounge for everybody to enjoy. Found in Terminal 3 of Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, the company’s products become part of a relaxing installation – passengers are encouraged to spend the time between flights resting on a comfy bed or sofa, watching TV or reading. Between July 13th and August 5th 2012, IKEA‘s 200 meter space in the boarding area strives to offer people the relaxation they were hoping to achieve once they arrived to their destination and skip the boring, frustrating dead time before the flight. The average waiting time in the boarding area is 1 hour and 43 minutes, time that can be spent in one of the 9 rooms – one of them accessible to disabled persons – a living room and a 50 meter supervised children’s area, where the brand’s influence on relaxation can be experienced first hand by anyone free of charge.
Speaking of “less is more” design, if your shelf offers little display space, consider opting for one or two standout items to showcase rather than a slew of small finds. In the next image, we see the Magical Thinking Peaks Shelf, crafted from glass and aluminum. Then again, there’s something charming about a curiously cluttered look, especially if items are thoughtfully curated. The Magical Thinking Pyramid Shelf below holds treasures and curiosities. When your shelves make a sculptural statement, don’t overwhelm and block them with clutter. After all, when the design is as fabulous as the Bamboo Step Wall Shelf in the next featured image, you certainly don’t want to cover up the bold form of your shelving.
We now turn to top design bloggers such as Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, who has decorated her kitchen shelving with an array of pastel dishware. Don’t be afraid to mix function and style when it comes to your decorative shelves. Put useful items on display, but arrange them artfully. If the shelving is purely decorative, choose pieces carefully. Be selective, as this gives your shelves a curated, artful look, as shown by this DIY hoop shelf from A Beautiful Mess.