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Made by Brad

Made by Brad Brad can't read or talk, but he can put together complex furniture. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jan 17, 2014 - 51 comments

Outside of all corporate taxation zones

Alfonso Cuarón's "IKEA" [more inside]
posted by zippy on Nov 14, 2013 - 31 comments

IKEA or Death

IKEA item or Black Metal band?
posted by swift on Oct 10, 2013 - 44 comments

Just Another Ikea Catalogue [NSFW]

Just Another Ikea Catalogue [NSFW] Someone has taken the time to create an Ikea catalogue based around furniture that appears in the background shots of porn. Ikea is not too pleased.
posted by modernnomad on Aug 7, 2013 - 102 comments

"IKEA in Swedish"

Teaches You How to Pronounce Their Products via
posted by infini on Jun 2, 2013 - 16 comments

Robot sold separately

Robots can now assemble IKEA furniture better than you can.
posted by twoleftfeet on Apr 29, 2013 - 45 comments

FLAMMA

For the next apocalypse, you can buy all of your fire starting supplies at IKEA.
posted by ShooBoo on Dec 21, 2012 - 41 comments

Looking for Meatballs?

Mysterious monkey in posh miniature winter coat found alone at Toronto Ikea And, of course, now he's tweeting.
posted by davebush on Dec 9, 2012 - 91 comments

The best you can do is learn to survive.

IKEA is already widening their domain, but for some of us, it's still a challenge to deal with the staid institution of the IKEA store. Never fear! [more inside]
posted by nosila on Apr 9, 2012 - 54 comments

Some Assembly Required

IKEA US' first official assembly video (SLYT)
posted by ZeusHumms on Feb 24, 2012 - 48 comments

"Something here isn't right."

Page 23. [SYLT] Apparently, life isn't as perfect as you would assume for the immaculate models living inside the IKEA catalog. With this amusing short, Jeroen Houben, Tim Arts and Stefan van den Boogaard show us the real-life drama that goes on beyond what we can see from the outside. The four minute short won the juryprize and audience award at the 48 Hour Film Project in Utrecht (Netherlands). [Via: Adverblog]
posted by Fizz on Nov 29, 2011 - 20 comments

Affordable Furniture For Your Five-Dimensional Home

M.C. Escher Meets IKEA for some impossible items you WISH you could buy. Of course, this isn't a totally new idea, in fact, even an IKEA fansite has played with the concept. (Dedicated to anyone who ever suspected the assembly instructions were written in an alternate reality) But sometimes, even without intending, a do-it-yourselfer can achieve something pretty close. And now, IKEA itself has embraced the Escher influence in one ad. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Oct 9, 2011 - 28 comments

Looking for love, with pictographic assembly instructions.

Shanghai singles are using IKEA to find love. Yes, IKEA has become a semi-public social space in Beijing and elsewhere in China (previously), but now one Shanghai IKEA is twice-weekly "taken over by a swarm of locals between the ages of 45 and 65 who come to seek out new love over free cups of coffee — a perk offered to holders of the Ikea Family membership card — and boxed lunches brought from home."
posted by liketitanic on Sep 8, 2011 - 38 comments

You will need one bolt of lightening...

Sci-fi IKEA manuals (via Design Milk).
posted by londonmark on May 10, 2011 - 17 comments

"It's ironic that Ikea looks on the U.S. and Danville the way that most people in the U.S. look at Mexico."

Ikea's U.S. factory churns out unhappy workers. A union-organizing battle hangs over the Ikea plant in Virginia. Workers complain of eliminated raises, a frenzied pace, mandatory overtime and racial discrimination.
posted by hippybear on Apr 10, 2011 - 106 comments

Decluttering with IKEA

"It is no mean achievement that IKEA has continued to embody in the public mind the modernist ideals of simplicity and minimalism yet all the while its total product range has been growing – to the point where, by 2010, it comprised some 12,000 items." Decluttering with IKEA asks: What are we looking for as we wander through IKEA? [more inside]
posted by harriet vane on Apr 4, 2011 - 167 comments

Ikea and capitalism

If you buy a Billy, a wee bunch of crowns goes directly into the pocket of their boss which (that is, the metaphorical pocket) resides in Liechtenstein and pays no taxes. Single link to the news of the day in Swedish. [The TV programme "uppdrag granskning," love-hated revelation-platform of the Swedish TV, cooperated this time with a bunch of newspapers to get the capitalist truth about this family company to the people. Background in Swedish here]
posted by Namlit on Jan 26, 2011 - 27 comments

Hembakat är Bäst

Going to Ikea anytime soon? Stop by the kitchen section pick up their new baking cookbook, Homemade is Best, for free! (Limited time offer, only available in Sweden.) Try a game of guess-the-recipe and look at all the pretty pictures. [via]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 28, 2010 - 20 comments

Cats sold seperately.

Ikea ads switch from guerrillas to cats. Ikeafilter “Herding Cats” is an experiment by IKEA UK where they released 100 cats inside their Wembley store at night. The finished commercial.
posted by Fizz on Sep 9, 2010 - 131 comments

Do good, buy cheap.

If only IKEA furniture could be assembled this quickly. The Swedish furniture chain's catalog has surpassed the Bible as the most published print in the world (previously), but did you know that all of your furniture purchases are actually charitable? [more inside]
posted by eenagy on Aug 27, 2010 - 32 comments

So, now it goes IKEA > Beatles > Jesus?

"These are sample layouts from a fullsize reproduction of the entire 2007 IKEA catalogue, leaving only color and structure. With an estimated 175 million copies distributed in 2006, the IKEA catalogue is thought to have surpassed the Bible as the most published print-work in the world." [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jul 15, 2010 - 62 comments

Bangers and Beans and Toast, Oh My!

The Full English: "[...]a mad, bad, salt-soaked road trip from culinary heaven to hell and back"
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Apr 22, 2010 - 48 comments

Kafka's castle is collapsing

The saying "We have been put on Earth to make Kafka come true" has been well known since Soviet times.
posted by 31d1 on Apr 1, 2010 - 35 comments

Haikea, Poetry for the Furniture of Melancholy

Haiku + IKEA
posted by punkbitch on Feb 13, 2010 - 46 comments

Ikea Heights

Ikea Heights is an online video series (secretly shot inside the Burbank Ikea Store). Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4. Via.
posted by cashman on Sep 5, 2009 - 26 comments

Design Within Reach?

Beijing loves IKEA - but not for shopping. "Every weekend, thousands of looky-loos pour into the massive showroom to use the displays. Some hop into bed, slide under the covers and sneak a nap; others bring cameras and pose with the decor. Families while away the afternoon in the store for no other reason than to enjoy the air conditioning."
posted by geoff. on Aug 26, 2009 - 78 comments

Ikea de-Futurafies

Ikea de-Futurafies. You may have noticed something at once familiar and unfamiliar about the 2009 Ikea catalogue: The company switched from a custom variant of Futura to the font you stare at all day in your browser, Verdana. And type nerds are losing their shit! [more inside]
posted by joeclark on Aug 26, 2009 - 167 comments

Milkcrates are also okay

20 Brilliant Bookcases via ( mightygodking )
posted by The Whelk on Jun 6, 2009 - 48 comments

BÅB, The Ikea Baby

BÅB, The Ikea Baby (pdf) [via mefi projects]
posted by Pants! on Mar 7, 2009 - 38 comments

Life at Ikea, via Flickr

Life at Ikea: Pretty much like life everywhere else.
posted by mrbula on Jan 31, 2009 - 23 comments

Flat-Packed

Affordability for first-time home buyers in the UK has fallen by 351% over the last 10 years. Never fear; through a deal with the Hyde housing association, Paramount Homes and Scandinavian partner Skanska, Ikea has introduced the BoKlok into the British housing market. These prefab homes will start at just £70,000 (including a voucher for some free furniture) and will probably be built on the fringes of London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. Previously
posted by chuckdarwin on Jan 30, 2008 - 68 comments

Don't skimp on the lingonberries

Living in a big box store: Comedian Mark Malkoff gave the world Li'l Gn'R, he took the Starbucks challenge, and today, he moves into IKEA in Paramus, N.J., for one week. (This is also news in Sweden.) [more inside]
posted by iviken on Jan 7, 2008 - 36 comments

Surprisingly, you can't buy the in-room robes

Tired after wandering the aisles all day? Want to get a head start on all those shoppers the next morning? An IKEA near Oslo has opened a free, 30-bed in-store dorm. The company says it's also equipped with "a bridal suite, a luxury suite, as well as family and tourist rooms". A company spokesman claimed that "guests stayed awake to watch the night workers refill the shelves", then went on to point out that many of them also stayed awake through sunrise, unsure whether the sun would come up otherwise.
posted by mkultra on Jul 29, 2007 - 24 comments

Flash based Ikea catalog

This flash demo for IKEA's kitchen stuff is kinda fun to play with. Takes a bit of time to load, when it does, click the mouse & hold down on the right or left halves of the photo, it's interesting. Note - the flash stuff contains audio, so careful with speaker volume
posted by jonson on Jun 3, 2006 - 31 comments

Some Guy's Blog, Plus Coke and Ikea

Minor Tweaks. No biggie, it's just some guy's little blog, with some hit-or-miss funny stuff and a few running features that are vaguely reminiscent of McSweeney's. The Ikea Dialogues and the Coke Dialogue are worth a chuckle. Note: Anna and Hank really do talk like that; I encourage you to go and harrass them (click "Ask Anna") yourselves. Start by asking if they're married, and take it from there.
posted by Gator on Jan 18, 2006 - 19 comments

A machine for living in

BoKlok: Flat-packed boxes + alan wrench = home! With these relatively attractive six-plexes, Ikea seems to have made a reality of Le Corbusier's dream of mass-produced housing.
posted by pieisexactlythree on May 12, 2005 - 26 comments

What kind of dining room set *defines* me as a person?

(Project) Mayhem? The IKEA "nesting instinct" strikes London. I am Jack's Complete Lack of Surprise.
posted by grabbingsand on Feb 10, 2005 - 45 comments

Ikea comes to Red Hook

Red Hook is New York's perennial next-year neighborhood, perenially held back by huge housing projects and bad transportation, despite some ambitious proposals. Ikea's proposed store has been the subject of a long battle between "it'll bring jobs" and "it'll destroy the neighborhood". It's finally going to happen, and soon these buildings will be a parking lot.
posted by Armitage Shanks on Jan 5, 2005 - 21 comments

Remember Design Takes Time

Elite Designers Against IKEA
posted by armage on Dec 4, 2004 - 90 comments

I'll have a double decaf half-caf on the rocks with a twist of lemon.

In Defense of Ikea and Starbucks. "[If] you're so desperate for your own soixante-huit moment that you can sit there with a straight face and tell me that you're being oppressed by flat-packable pine furniture with goofy pseudo-Scandinavian names, I'd advise you to spend a few days working with child slaves in the Sudan, or something." MeFite adamgreenfield pleads for "a little sense of scale."
posted by Vidiot on Jan 30, 2004 - 85 comments

You start this world armed only with a UNIVERSAL FURNITURE-ASSEMBLY ALLEN WRENCH

Ikea Walkthrough: Now you are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. A skeleton, probably the remains of a luckless consumer, lies here. Beside the skeleton is a rusty SKARPT high-quality steel knife with hard plastic handle and a shopping cart. Search the body. Take the IKEA GIFT CARD (still has $43 on it). Take and eat the SWEDISH FISH for sustenance. Now go: S, E, D, D, E, SW, W, SW, D, W, U, S
posted by turbodog on Jan 26, 2004 - 61 comments

Wes Anderson

What has Wes Anderson been up to since The Royal Tenenbaums?

...a few unböring tv spots for IKEA's unböring ad campaign. There is a nice site about him which was updated March 18 announcing his fourth film starring, again, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Gwenyth Patltrow, Jason Swartzman and also Nicole Kidman and Robert Musgrave. Of course Mark Mothersbaugh has supposedly signed to do the score.
posted by tomplus2 on Apr 14, 2003 - 32 comments

Tissue-san!

Tissue-san! In direct contrast to the recent IKEA ad campaigns, Japan seems to embrace the concept of product as person, with the same end result -- consumers buy more stuff at an accelerated rate. Both routes utilize the same tact though, using Anthropomorphism to grab the viewers attention. Is this the natural progression of things to come? (link via boing boing)
posted by hulette on Dec 18, 2002 - 12 comments

The short fuse of malice.

Bombs found at Dutch IKEA stores. New terror against Ikea's child labour practices?
posted by The Jesse Helms on Dec 4, 2002 - 20 comments

Spike Jonez's hilarious new IKEA ad (click the TV to watch it, you'll need Quicktime)...

Spike Jonez's hilarious new IKEA ad (click the TV to watch it, you'll need Quicktime)......and here's the Slate.com article that led me to it.
posted by adrober on Sep 24, 2002 - 45 comments

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