The IKEA job interview

The IKEA job interview

I have been feeling really down lately with all of this political mayhem that I keep obsessing about. Here is something that cheered me up. I thought I’d share.

Hat Tip: [Muna]


  1. jareer February 15, 2005 at 5:45 am

    Is not gonna work,I can see only three legs!

  2. linda February 15, 2005 at 12:28 pm

    yeah, now imagine buying a big book shelf or entertainment unit? you buy it because its so inexpensive. you know why? you gotta build it yourself.

  3. Hubby February 15, 2005 at 1:56 pm

    Two things about IKEA (for the record): First, I believe IKEA is Swedish for cheap furniture. As I understand it, originally these IKEA markets would pop up outside Swedish cities selling items *kind* of like this.
    The second thing is, IKEA — the store — is not entirely inexpensive. If you think it is, lend me some money. These guys sell some expensive stuff, though I think it’s gone up as its reputation has. IKEA does have some wonderfully cheap little nick-knacks — picture frames and such. And Linda, having bought more than my share, I can tell you two more things: I didn’t have to build my picture frames and the quality was actually very good. I’ve built other stuff as well, sure. It’s part of their philosophy and it works and the build quality was excellent.
    But what IKEA is really about is good design. You look through their catalog, walk through their shop and take it home and the whole time you think: “Why didn’t someone else do it this way.” I think these guys were the beginning of a wave of good design that came to US retail, with Target following a few years later but more, many more, soon after that. Design didn’t seem to matter much to the retailers before for some reason. But people care about good design. They recognize it and embrace it. The retailers maybe just didn’t know this.
    Could IKEA use better wood, etc? Perhaps. But I think they are also conservationists and prefer their method of using pine wood (and some others) with nice veneers added. Many of their pieces look fantastic with the veneers. Europeans have always had a thing for MDF anyway, so pine and MDF with great veneers works there. Americans like their oak and mahogany; that spells quality. That said, I don’t like their beds. The Swedes have different ideas about bed comfort than I. Although I do understand there is some wild statistic that something on the order of 70% of all Europeans were conceived on IKEA beds.

  4. linda February 15, 2005 at 9:51 pm

    okay hubby, you didnt have to build your picture frame. fine. but i personally prefer buying my furniture from a place other than ikea that has the stuff built all ready. and im not sure which ikeas you have been to, but the ones i have gone to are really cheap. yes they have nice design, but i think when it comes to actual book cases beds, shelves, things like that, they are not quality at all.

  5. Dad T February 16, 2005 at 2:07 am

    I just thought it very funny!

  6. Dobschats Weblog February 18, 2005 at 2:38 am

    Bei IKEA bewerben…

    …ist was sehr spezielles ;-)

    (von Mental Mayhem via


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