IKEA Philosophy

I love IKEA. I go to there just to look at all the furniture and pretty, understated home accessories with their funny names. I also go for the salmon and the chocolate chip cookies, but who’s asking?

I remember being 9 years old, flicking through the pages of a catalog with their tasteful arrangements and contrived homey clutter, and wondering if I could get that red KLIPPAN sofa for my first apartment someday or if I was too old for the double decker bed with a slide from the top bunk.

So where do they get their names? (Source: Wiki)

  • Upholstered furniture, coffee tables, rattan furniture, bookshelves, media storage, doorknobs: Swedish place names
  • Beds, wardrobes, hall furniture: Norwegian place names
  • Dining tables and chairs: Finnish place names
  • 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 place names
  • Lighting: terms from music, chemistry, meteorology, measures, weights, seasons, months, days, boats, nautical terms
  • Bedlinen, bed covers, pillows/cushions: flowers, plants, precious stones; words related to sleep, comfort, and cuddling
  • Children’s items: mammals, birds, adjectives
  • Curtain accessories: mathematical and geometrical terms
  • Kitchen utensils: foreign words, spices, herbs, fish, mushrooms, fruits or berries, functional descriptions
  • Boxes, wall decoration, pictures and frames, clocks: colloquial expressions, also Swedish placenames

One particular stroke of genius was naming a popular desk design JERKER. Named after men indeed.

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