There's a rule about overdoing it somewhere that says when you get dressed to go out, you put everything on, and then you take one thing off.
Too bad the Ikea designers who made this little bed don't know that rule. Called the BLIMP, it's a near-awesome minimalist design, but it takes a greater imagination than mine to fix its dealbreaking flaws.
On the positive side, it's about as Donald Judd-y as a piece of kid's furniture gets. The mattress is set flush with the edge, the whole thing's made of flat planes, it's great geometry. Judd-style's not for everyone, and frankly, his actual furniture can be pretty damn uncomfortable, but it has its moments, and the Blimp gets a lot of that right.
The greatest thing might actually be the finish: it's a tough, silvery, metallic foil laminated around whatever it is Ikea makes the invisible insides of furniture out of [I'm sure it's some no-win combination of sawdust, glue, and kittens]. Matte silver is not a color you see very often in kids furniture, though, and we thought it was kind of refreshing. And a little astronaut would love it.
But for some reason, someone at Ikea couldn't leave well enough alone, and they decided the Blimp needed some holes drilled through the unpatchable metal surface to hold flourescent cargo nets. The other annoyances are small [the ugly safety rail brackets] or big [the Ikea-only, "junior bed" mattress is 20cm longer than a standard crib-based toddler bed], but really, it's just those damn holes.
Even though we saw it at the Baltimore store, the bed doesn't show up on the US Ikea website. but the whole BLIMP Series is there. [ikea.com]