The Afternoon Wrap: Monday

  • Oh, Ikea! The Swedish furniture kings are rolling out ready-built “timber-framed homes” in London. They’re called BoKloks (prounced booklook), which means “live smart” in Swedish. In English, it means “homogenous Scandinavian design is slowly taking over the world, leading inevitably to a deathly, red-and-white colored dystopia.” [Interior Design]
  • 11 Spring Street is officially the blogosphere’s favorite piece of Manhattan real estate. But who can resist a graffiti-heavy Murdoch palace? Here’s a realty/art fetish video. [A Blog Soup]
  • Speaking of sneak peeks, Brownstoner takes a look at the unholy, unapproved church-to-townhouse conversion at 232 Adelphi Street in Brooklyn. The Lord is not happy. [Brstnr]
  • First poor Yves Saint Laurent’s French 75-acre estate was price-cut to a paltry $19.9 million. Now, his Jed Johnson-designed Pierre Hotel apartment is down to $7.75 mill. At least he still has those bags. [WSJ]
  • Max Abelson