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The Architecture of Ikea

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Finally, an architecture review of the massive new Ikea store along the Red Hook waterfront, though the Sun's article is trumped by the awesome headline, "In Brooklyn, Ikea Will Quack Like a Duck." Still: "But for all the ingenuity that goes into what Ikea sells and how it sells it, the company seems to soft-pedal when it comes to architecture. The building has an enviable view of New York Harbor, yet it will be as blue and boxy as every other Ikea in the world ... And that's where the genius lies. Ikea has created a decorated shed so iconic it's become a duck: An Ikea-looking building can be nothing but an Ikea." [Sun]