Most of us always have our cell phones within arm's reach, whether we're at work, watching TV or (guilty). It's become so ubiquitous, in fact, that IKEA has staged a mini-intervention, of sorts, with its latest line of tableware: Place settings with a pocket on the side to store your cell phone.
Yes, really. Just take a look:
While at first glance, it may seem that having the phone right next to your knife and fork will make it easier to sneak a peek — after all, you can see your screen light up through the fabric when you get a new text, email or call — but that's the opposite of the designers' intention. The goal, the company says, is to give people a place to tuck away their phones and ignore them for a meal, while also keeping them crumb-free.
If friends' and family's constant texting at the table is driving you insane, you could slide your phone into the pocket screen-side down. The placemats as well as the other items in , which includes rustic gray serving bowls with matte finishes and dark wood serving platters, will be available in stores in September.