In 2009, Dwell reported on the Ikea kitchen cabinet phenomenon, and five years later it is still going strong. From off-the-rack to custom, these kitchens use them best. Read Full Article
This tiny Stockholm kitchen is outfitted with cabinets from Ikea, painted a serene powder blue— a custom shade matched to one of resident Saša Antić’s favorite cashmere scarves. Photo by: Jonas Ingerstedt
Designer and resident Tom Givone paired his custom built wood-fired oven, and FiveStar 48-inch commercial range with simple white Ikea cabinets. Photo by Mark Mahaney.
In a Lakewood, Washington, renovation, Ikea cabinets were combined with durable work surfaces and personal touches like a chalkboard wall. Decopour flooring, a cement topping similar to terrazzo, is a very durable, family friendly surface. Kitchen, dining and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed "the mother of all islands" by the residents.
"The house is where we experiment," architect and resident Andrew Dunbar says. He and his wife, landscape architect Zoee Astrakhan, made the most of what they could afford in their San Francisco home, providing elegant finished solutions that belie humble origins. In the kitchen, beechwood countertops were supplied free with six kitchens worth of Ikea cabinets. Photo by Justin Fantl.
An Ikea Pax and Komplement closet system with custom doors hide clutter and insulate the kitchen thanks to automotive felt that was placed over them to dampen sound from a nearby track of the Long Island Rail Road in this Brooklyn renovation. Photo by Gile Ashford