And I thought I had no life

Steve Rubel points us to an IKEA fans’ blog, which points us to a blog by a guy who allegedly is vowing to visit every IKEA in the world and then there is the IKEA fan site and the IKEA haters site but let’s not forget a site dedicated just to pictures of the IKEA Jerker desk. I’ve already confessed my strange IKEA obsession.

  • http://robertdfeinman.com/society Robert Feinman

    History of furniture:
    First we had real furniture made of wood and assembled with glue, screws and nails. It was meant to be transported as built and last through the generations.

    Then we had “knock-down (KD)”. This was invented around 1950 or so and was real wood, but was mostly held together with screws and special fasteners, and sometimes a little glue. Once built by the customer it was meant to stay together thereafter.

    Next the industry developed self-assembled (DIY) furniture. This was mostly made from flakeboard (now newspeaked to MDF) and was held together with special pressure hardware. Flakeboard does not take kindly to screws, glue or conventional fasteners. Many surfaces were covered by veneer or sometimes formica. If necessary, it could be disassembled for moving. Stores like the Workbench and the Door Store specialized in this.

    Finally we come to Ikea: the inventor of imitation furniture. By clever use of materials like plastic drawer bottoms, MDF and unique fasteners they can deliver a product that can be assembled by the customer, looks like wood, in many cases, and self-disassembles with use (that is, falls apart). So we get drawers falling apart from continual use, shelves sagging and warping, and other delights of modern design.

    And people pick on Walmart for selling crap…

  • http://www.bohemianphilosophy.com/blog bohemianlisa

    Haha, it’s not that bad. Ikea’s furniture are good when I was single, moving houses a lot and need somthing cheap & nice.

    When Ikea open it’s first store in the mid 1990s when I was still a teen, I used to spend a few hours (at least once a week) wandering the store…

  • http://www.wetfeetpr.blogspot.com Blake

    You might also get a kick out of the guy who is trying to visit every single Starbucks in the world. He’s even got a blog set up…Funny stuff.

    http://www.starbuckseverywhere.net/

  • http://http:rightnumberone.blogspot.com rightnumberone

    Can’t you guys see fake PR when you smell it?

  • http://www.amish-furniture-home.com Amish Furniture

    Hey IKEA furniture isn’t bad at all. Its good if you are looking for something quick and reasonably priced. I’ve used a lot of their stuff thru my life.

  • http://www.harmonycedar.com/index.html Handcrafted Amish Furniture

    Funny you should mention Ikea, you offer much better stuff than that Wladyslaw :)

    Ikea has some very nice designs, gotta give them that. But the pieces just don’t hold up under normal use. By the time the formaldehyde from all the glue offgasses in 3-5 years, the furniture is basically toast.

    My econ professor in college would have loved these guys.

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    When Ikea open it’s first store in the mid 1990s when I was still a teen, I used to spend a few hours (at least once a week) wandering the store…