Sunday, July 29, 2007


You can now buy a house on Isle 3. Called Boklok, they are energy efficient, cheap, and, of course, prefab. Excellent. (Let's hope they don't fall apart in 5 years).

Some Ikea facts:
10% of Europeans are likely conceived on an Ikea bed.

3 people were crushed to death when the Saudi Arabian store opened its doors for the first time.

Ikea has opened a free hotel for those who want to shop the next day. Free meals and you can take the sheets home too. What will stop the homeless from moving in??

As for those odd names for Ikea products: there's meaning, and a system. Here's a sample:

Upholstered furniture, coffee tables, bookshelves, storage: Swedish placenames
Beds, wardrobes: Norwegian placenames
Dining tables and chairs: Finnish placenames
Bookcase ranges: Occupations
Bathroom articles: Scandinavian lakes, rivers and bays
Kitchens: grammatical terms, sometimes also other names
Chairs, desks: men's names
Materials, curtains: women's names
Garden furniture: Swedish islands
Carpets: Danish placenames
Children's items: mammals, birds, adjectives


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your blog... reading posts for an hour was thinking that maybe I should add a word, but didn't know where to start.
First - I am truly fascinated (thanks for an interesting hour), second - "Ikea" topic was something I could not leave without a comment.
I used to know one of the architects who started this "live smart" idea and it was almost 10 years ago. The houses are not falling apart yet :)

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