Hacked IKEA Restaurant Lets You Customize Your Dining Experience

© Oatmeal Studio

Hacking the mass-produced pedestrian furniture that IKEA offers may seem blatantly obvious to some (there are even blogs dedicated to the loosely-defined and defiant global effort to personalize IKEA stuff), but what about furnishing an entire restaurant with hacked IKEA wares and a modified IKEA menu?

© Oatmeal Studio

Set up by Dutch designers Annika Syrjämäki and Rosa Dalle Vedove of Oatmeal Studio, the ad-hoc IkHa restaurant sits in a theatre space in The Hague, outfitted with tables, shelves, chairs and lamps which have been put together in unexpected ways to create an unusual dining experience. To whit, IkHa follows the same maze-like configuration and self-serve concept as IKEA, but is executed in a more non-conformist, DIY spirit, say the designers:

[T]he concept of Ikea has been dismantled and translated into a restaurant interior. It's not a self service restaurant in the usual sense of the word. We invite the visitors to participate and customize their surroundings while dining.

The guests fills in their ordering form with pencils and their dinner is served on trays, and brought to the shelf where they choose to sit. The visitors can custom create their table setting from a selection of materials and cut their own tablecloth or placemats from a selection of wallpaper ready to measure and cut.

© Oatmeal Studio
© Oatmeal Studio
© Oatmeal Studio

But let's not forget the meatballs: the iconic IKEA culinary item has been transformed as well, notes Fast.co Design:

The recipe is a “modernized” version of classic Swedish meatballs, Syrjämäki tells us, and the balls themselves are flat. “The hacked meatballs are a bit of a joke,” Syrjämäki says. “In Dutch, it’s a word play. Meatballs are called ‘gehakt ballen’ which literally means ‘hacked balls.’”

© Oatmeal Studio

The DIY resto will be open until July 30 in the Filmhuis/Den Haag theater in The Hague and will be available as a rentable service afterward. More info at Oatmeal Studio.

Tags: Do It Yourself | Furniture | Netherlands

Best of TreeHugger