My first introduction to IKEA was through Fight Club, first through David Fincher’s visuals and then through reading the original verse from Chuck Palahniuk, the author of Fight Club.
“And I wasn’t the only slave to my nesting instinct. The people I know who used to sit in the bathroom with pornography, now they sit in the bathroom with their IKEA furniture catalog.”
It’s weird that the obsession started there because Fight Club also birthed my love of minimalism.
Before Fight Club I didn’t even know what IKEA was. Had never heard of it or ever seen the blue and yellow metropolis of furniture and home goods. At some point years after the 1999 movie I received my first catalog, and my lustful relationship began.
I’d open the catalog and…Look at the living room set up. I could envision my family in there, playing on the Swedish furniture, expanding our minds with the lovely coffee table books, inviting friends and family over to sit on our attractive couch and matching chairs. I never ordered anything though. Funding issues aside (I was a poor college student living on garage sale furniture), I just couldn’t imagine IKEA goods in my apartment. it just wouldn’t look right unless I threw everything out and started over with new furniture.
I still feel that way, although on this recent pilgrimage I did buy a few small pieces. I really splurged and bought a couple of new dining room chairs. Aside from the obvious commercialization aspects, IKEA represents a lot of things and does a lot of things well.
The store I visited just installed a monstronormous solar power array to provide electricity.
They have a really cool kid’s daycare where you can drop off your little miscreants while you shop. I admit I was a little bit jealous because it looked like a fun place to hang out.
They have a nice cafe should be the model for public school cafeterias everywhere.
The food is great. I ordered the meatballs in the hopes that they didn’t remove all the moose meat in the wake of that recent PR snafu.
My kids had a blast too. The whole place was like a big playground to them.
Even if you don’t buy anything, IKEA stores are a great place to go just for ideas.
Now, my wife and I are looking forward to the day when we burn all of our furniture and hit the IKEA store with about 30 grand in our pockets.
This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!