| Aug 15, 2012
| 9:52 AM
Backpacking across Europe? Soon, travelers may be able to bunk in budget hotels from Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea.
The owner of Ikea’s intellectual property rights, Inter Ikea, is planning to open at least 100 such lodgings across the...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 1:29 PM
When Joe Borst bought a run-down 1952 house in Marina del Rey, he and girlfriend Maria Torres hoped to transform the 1,200-square-foot cookie-cutter plan into something that felt larger, more open and modern — a tall order given the limited budget....
| Nov 16, 2012
| 8:51 AM
Ikea Group, the Swedish company known for low-cost furniture and home goods, admitted and apologized for contracting with East German suppliers that used forced labor to manufacture the firm's products more than two decades ago.
A report commissioned by...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 8:37 AM
IKEA removed images of women from the Saudi Arabia version of its catalog, a decision that the furniture giant now says clashes with its values.
Swedish publication Metro posted a comparison of the Saudi Arabian mailer and the Swedish version, showing...
| May 11, 2012
| 11:47 AM
You’re always telling your mother you owe her. Now, the American Coalition for Labor Reparations has a worksheet you can use to calculate exactly how much back pay Mom deserves.
Here’s the logic: “Every laborer deserves a wage. Your...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 10:17 AM
As a designer of custom jewelry, Amanda Keidan sometimes takes delicate vintage pieces and reworks them into intricately sculptured, modern collections.
The same could be said for her sunny, art-filled Venice home, where gold accents blend with sparkling...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 4:07 PM
When architect Ana Henton first toured what had been the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house on USC’s Greek Row last spring, she wasn’t prepared for the end-of-semester squalor she saw. Leased to another fraternity, the house was in an extreme...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 7:50 AM
Perhaps you've heard of the Ikea hackers, the folks who turn budget buys from the Swedish superstore into pieces of custom furniture? Well, how about some Target tweaking? Los Angeles designer Kyle Schuneman found these basic blue chairs that sell for...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 11:36 AM
For all the soccer coaching, burger grilling and spider killing that Dad does around the house, the value of his work is worth only about one-third as much as Mom’s, according to the annual Father’s Day Index from Insure.com.
| Apr 11, 2013
| 3:42 PM
For proof of how fast the business of design is changing, look no further than Fab. The site launched in 2010 as a TripAdvisor-Foursquare-Yelp social-networking hybrid called Fabulis was aimed at gay men. But having burned through most of its start-up...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 9:22 AM
Sales at McDonald’s restaurants slipped 1.5% last month, but not because of global economic difficulties or fast-casual competition.
The fast food behemoth attributed the slide to the difficulty of comparing February’s performance against...