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Re: CHAT: IKEA (was: Re: CHAT: F.L.O.E.S.)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Thursday, February 26, 2004, 0:37
Quoting Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>:

> En réponse à And Rosta : > > > >Tristan: > > > I have a job at IKEA. > > > >I'll thank you not to mention such unspeakable things! > > > >If I ever organize an international terror network > >of mujahideen sworn to destroy the canker that destroys > >the fabric of virtuous society, its target of targets > >will be that swedish fount of evil. Like most people, > >I used to be mildly pro-Sweden until I was cast into > >the inferno that is I**a. Now blue and yellow -- and > >the Scandinavian style consensual egalitarian social > >democracy embodied by that den of iniquity -- fills me > >with unutterable horror. > > I must say I can't for the life of me understand what people have against > IKEA. We have some furniture here bought from IKEA. Not only it is nice > furniture, solid, classy, and cheap, but it was also a breeze to build (my > boyfriend doesn't even look at the little drawings they always give with > the furniture. He just looks at all the pieces and builds the whole thing > in less than half an hour). Actually, my computer desk is an IKEA, and I'm > extremely happy with it. > > So now if someone could explain me what is so wrong with IKEA, I'd be glad > to know, because personally I only have positive experience with them.
I as indicated don't share And's aversion for them, but I'm not very fond of them either. The problem is that their stuff is tolerably solid and cheap, with the result it's used by everyone not rich or interested enough to get something classier. Thus, having alot of IKEA stuff suggests a lack of taste or money or both. To boot, the fact that it's a breeze to assamble means that any Real Man worth his salt prefers to stay away from it; either you manage to assamble it, and get no credit, or you fail, and are left with a major embarassment. The result is that I, being rather lacking in both wealth and taste, have got a number of IKEA pieces (back home in Sweden; my room here came with furniture, and most of it isn't IKEA, altho the bookshelf could be), but prefer not to draw people's attention thereto. Of coures, other people may have other reasons for lacking IKEA-enthusiasm. My sister, for instance, hates their guts because they change the available colorations on their bookshelves every year or so. Andreas