As we mentioned at the beginning of the month, the BYGGLEK collection that was developed in partnership between the LEGO Group and IKEA is now available. These new play and storage boxes have been enthusiastically embraced by the LEGO fan community. So much so that even LEGO and IKEA designers who worked on the product line are amazed by the creative ways fans have been using the BYGGLEK boxes. Below, I will highlight some of my favorites.
BYGGLEK products have standard LEGO studs on top, so you can decorate them in all kinds of ways. Below is a simple but lovely decorative box paired with a decorated LEGO mug from misstapcat.
Here is a more elaborate decorative box with a beautiful sunflower mosaic by SuzEaton that doubles as storage box for seed packets.
Instead of storing seeds, LEGO fan Maria Kalaoglou is using her BYGGLEK for tea bags with a nicely matching decorative lid.
And how about storing other household and hobby items? Creative LEGO fan thelegovet stores yarn in her BYGGLEK.
LEGO fan Milan Sekiz stacked the different size BYGGLEK boxes to make a cake with hidden compartments inside.
Dave Kaleta reimagined his BYGGLEK box as a countertop planter box with grow light and brick-built plants.
BYGGLEK boxes are stackable and can be fully integrated into the LEGO building system. LEGO Fjotten turned them into a lovely beach house.
This pretty Greek residence with white walls, blue windows and roofs, and a beautiful flowering tree was build by LEGO fan bricksized. You can’t even tell where the BYGGLEK boxes and the regular LEGO pieces begin!
Yet another house is by lego_fun, who took full advantage of the stackability of BYGGLEK with a multistory home.
The following display model by iamarchitectt was built in the style of the LEGO Architecture series and inspired by real structures, all set up top of a BYGGLEK box.
If you’re a LEGO Space fan, there is nothing to stop you from turning BYGGLEK boxes into space stations. This BYGGLEK Blacktron Base was built by LEGO fan Kalais.
The Ikea boxes can also be used as a platform for larger LEGO displays, like this Super Mario course by jaime.verweij1.
Although the BYGGLEK boxes originally seemed a little too plain and unassuming, this is actually an advantage, as they don’t get in the way of creativity. You can reimagine them and decorate them any way you want. If you would like to see more BYGGLEK creations, search Instagram, Flickr, and Google Images for ideas. And if you’re interested to build with your own BYGGLEK, they are now available at IKEA stores and the IKEA website, and they are starting to show up on Amazon as well.
What do you think? How do you like the BYGGLEK boxes and these BYGGLEK creations? Do they give you some ideas for your own projects? What would you build? Or how else would you use BYGGLEK? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!
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I visited the local Ikea last week hoping I’d get a chance to check these out but they were out of stock. I did see a cart with a good number of these that someone intended to buy. If you look on Ebay there are many for sale at a nicely inflated price, so it looks like these too are one of the latest targets of scalpers buying these up in large amounts and selling them on ebay.
Kinda makes me glad I’m not a parent having to deal with kiddos wanting to get their hands on a set!
Rob, I’m sure they will be stocked better in the future. It’s a new product, so it will take a bit until all the stores have god stock. They are also available at their online shop, so you can avoid scalpers. 🙂
Good points! I think I was mostly just a little disappointed I wasn’t able to get some hands-on experience. 😉
Wow. These are really good. I had no interest in these boxes, but now I want some!
I love the modern house, the greek house, and the sunflower box! So creative and beautiful!
Hmm, I have a black mug in my kitchen shelf which is similar to misstapcat’s red. The text I could find is (c) HLX and Made in China, and no Lego lettering on the studs, so it seems like some kind of third party thing.
Looks like there are a lot of different brands producing mugs looking highly similar, when I google it…
Yes, there are official ones and imitation ones. They are not the most practical as actual mugs, but still fun. 🙂
OMG! A Blacktron HQ?! I want it! Seriously, these are very cool.
I had zero interest in these, but now I’m impressed. I like both the decorative storage boxes and the integrated boxes. The Greek house is especially pretty. I’m impressed how well the boxes fit.
Ikea should have used these for their marketing. These are far better than the official pictures.
It just takes time for people to get used to things. As I said when we talked about these boxes the last time. We tap into your creativity and grow. Remember when I said sometimes you have to think Inside the Box instead of outside the box I meant it as a joke but in some cases it works. I’m all for it. I remember when I lived in Austria for four years I had an art project taking a shoe box and make it into an apartment. I used piece of carpet for the floor made chairs and tables bookshelves and a bed. It was lots of fun to create. In this case Lego is much easier because they snap together and stay in one place. I’ve learned that when try something new you grow and using your creativity your imagination grows too. Something that we all know and that we all have learned from experience. So just think Inside the Box. LOL!
We used to have school projects like that! So much fun! Yes, think inside the box! 😀
These look better then I thought they would. And I’m impressed by the creativity of these afols. I agree with Martin, these are much better for marketing Bygglek than what Ikea came up with.
That tree is so beautiful! People are so creative!
I love these so much! The creaitivy is amazing! These Bygglek boxes are like large building bricks.
In the press release it seemed like that the boxes don’t attach on top of each other. But on some of these pictures they are stacked and seem to be secure. Are they just sitting on top of each other loosely?
Good question! The boxes have a lip around the bottom, so even though they aren’t attached with tubes like LEGO bricks, they do stay securely in place when stacked on top of each other.
In the quite recent New Elementary review, it’s noted that the lids are… very insecurely locked in place…
Yes, the lids basically just rest on top, but they won’t shift around as there is a lip around the edges. I personally don’t care about these boxes, but as demonstrated here, some AFOLs found good use for them. I much prefer Room Copenhagen products both for display and storage. Time will tell if BYGGLEK catches on.
Yeah, me neither, really. Considering I live in an apartment and have rather limited space, these boxes really don’t seem that practical for my needs. And unless you use them as a starting point for a build, they look rather clinical…
I guess I have a bulk of my collection in Samla-like boxes under my bed, and the rest, more or less sorted, in… whatever I can find…
(Otherwise, half of my apartment is full of dumpster dived Ikea furniture after people having moved out and dropped it in trash bags and dumpsters…)
Yes, I think clinical is the right word. 😀