By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From celebrating the life of Ikea’s founder to how shifting demographics influence appliance design, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

The legacy of Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, who passed today at 91 | Danny Crichton: Pour one out for Ingvar Kamprand, the man who founded Ikea when he was only 17. His innovative take on flat-packed furniture made an impressive mark on post-grads buying their first sets of furniture across the world.

The Nintendo Switch has already outsold the Wii U | Sam Byford: In continued good news for Nintendo, the Switch has surpassed lifetime sales of their last console, the Wii U, in just 10 months. High quality exclusive games and a robust influx of “indie” video games are helping the Switch make headway in the video game console market.

The man’s man’s kitchen | Ashley Fetters: Today’s kitchen appliances are shiny, sleek, and minimal- a far cry from the designs of older appliances (such as the 1960s and 1970s). One of the key decisions driving these changes? The shift in the demographics of who’s spending time in the kitchen. As more men get involved in cooking regularly, appliances are being redesigned to be appealing to those men.

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