The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

Designed by IKEA, and Powered by Sonos, you’re looking at the Symfonisk, a range of offerings by the two collaborating companies. Designed as a table-lamp-speaker and a bookshelf-speaker, the Symfonisk aim at merging home-decor with smart-technology, and powerful audio to create products that simply enrich houses. The table-lamp comes with a lamp and lampshade at the top and a speaker at the bottom, while the bookshelf speaker is designed to occupy the spatial footprint of an encyclopedia (something that’s sorely missed from today’s bookshelves).

Designed in signature IKEA fashion, the lamp and speaker sport a home-friendly design, and can be customized. The lamp comes with a detachable lampshade and the ability to put a bulb of your choice in it, while the bookshelf speaker can be placed horizontally, vertically, or even be hacked to be used as a wall-mounted shelf! Both products use a combination of plastic and fabric, and IKEA’s designed them to be easy to pull apart and clean (IKEA even experimented with chucking parts in the dishwasher!)

As far as the audio hardware is concerned, Sonos told The Verge that both products have two class-D digital amplifiers, one tweeter, and one mid-woofer. Given their size and their relatively starting-range price, the speakers won’t quite match up to the standard set by Sonos’ other products, but the idea was to partner with IKEA to build truly uplifting home-decor, which I can’t help but agree with! The lamp and speaker are both controlled by Sonos’ mobile app (and they support Apple AirPlay 2 too), with support for IKEA’s own smart-home app coming soon.

Designers: IKEA & Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

IKEA’s making flat-pack DIY chocolate Easter bunnies!

An unusual play for IKEA, the Vårkänsla is an edible Chocolate Bunny right in time for Easter celebrations… but just like most of IKEA’s products, this bunny needs assembly too! The Vårkänsla is a flat-packed tempered chocolate bunny that can be assembled by just plugging three chocolate pieces together. Its design plays on IKEA’s trademark self-assembly instructions and techniques. The bunny comes in a flat box, with instructions on how to put it together. Luckily unlike most IKEA furniture, the Vårkänsla doesn’t need technical expertise, power tools, or small metal screws and bolts. It just needs a little bit of willpower, and a fairly decent amount of love for chocolate!

Designer: IKEA

IKEA Wants You to Build Your Own Chocolate Easter Bunny

Even if you’ve never purchased any IKEA furniture, you know that all of it requires some assembly. Apparently, that also goes for their food items as well. This Easter, they’re even asking customers to assemble their own chocolate bunnies, with the VÅRKÄNSLA self-assembly milk chocolate bunny.

Unlike other more complicated IKEA projects, this one only requires three steps. Still, I bet some people will get stuck and need to do a Google search anyway to complete it. Why should it be any different from their furniture? IKEA says that it can be used as an Easter decoration, or eaten right away. No thanks, I don’t like my chocolate collecting dust.

The chocolate bunny weighs just 3 oz. and contains 30 percent cocoa, which is UTZ certified using sustainable farming standards and good conditions for workers. The VÅRKÄNSLA sells for $4.29, and is only available in stores. This bunny adds a new meaning to playing with your food.

[via Reddit via Mike Shouts]

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