The trou­ble with Ikea

The Week - - People - Rhi­an­non Lucy Cosslett in The Guardian

“Ikea has, to an ex­tent, achieved its aim of democratis­ing de­sign by bring­ing af­ford­able, non-fusty fur­ni­ture to the masses. But it has also, for my gen­er­a­tion, be­come syn­ony­mous with a ‘beigeifi­ca­tion’ of in­te­rior de­sign. Ev­ery flat we move into is fur­nished with blonde wood, MDF wardrobes, pa­per-thin cur­tains and steel bed frames. For all its fun and modernism, liv­ing like this can feel vaguely de­press­ing, the tem­po­rary na­ture of your lodg­ings ham­mered home ev­ery time you cast your weary eye over the ubiq­ui­tous up­lighter that stands in the cor­ner next to the seven quid LACK side ta­ble. Be­cause that’s what Ikea fur­ni­ture can be: a re­minder of what you are miss­ing. That is, a sta­ble home dec­o­rated with fur­ni­ture you have cho­sen.”

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