A restaurant created using only Ikea products engages patrons to participate in customizing their surroundings while dining.

‘The concept of Ikea has been dismantled and translated into a restaurant interior,’ say Rosa Dalle Vedove and Annika Syrjämäki of Oatmeal Studio. While ‘Ikea hacking’ – or creating spaces using the budget-savvy Swedish brand's products in new ways – is a popular trend, the designers say they wanted to push the concept further than has been done.

Their resulting IkHa restaurant is filled with clever adaptations of the mass-produced furnishings. Like an Ikea showroom, diners enter the restaurant to navigate through aisles and rows of shelving to find the dining room. Orders are written on paper with pencils, and when the meal is prepared it’s sent by plastic tray through the shelving system to reach the table. Diners can customize their place setting by cutting their own preferred placemat and flowers.

The restaurant is located in the Filmhuis/Den Haag theatre in The Hague, the Netherlands, and can be visited until 30 July.  

Photos courtesy Nadine Stijns.