Newest are their Darth Vader-ish Datid line, which along with the equally evocatively-named Praktfull includes Ikea's highest-end (and most expensive) kitchen machinery to date, from pro gas ranges to ceramic cooktops and dishwashers. Many Ikea appliances are re-branded Whirlpool products, but with European-inspired design—and Ikea's generous warranty/return policy. There's also a focus on smaller sizes and capacities, perfect for urban dwellers, down-scalers, and builders of modest abodes.
Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.