Friday, October 15, 2010

"You know spies... bunch of bitchy little girls. "

My second favorite show is Burn Notice.  Like Chuck,  Burn Notice is a spy show that is witty, intelligent, sexy and action packed. But while Chuck is an adorable bumbling spy Michael Weston is a total bad ass. Burn Notice is filmed on location in Miami which is really great for the city. The high frequency of IKEA spottings on the show has me believing that the production team either owns stock in the store or practically live there like me.

Geography lesson: While there isn't a store immediately in Miami they have access to the store in Sunrise, FL only 26 miles away.

That is not a bad distance when you can outfit an entire employee breakroom in Nordmyra chairs rather inexpensively.

It is an odd thrill to see your own dining chairs on the teevee.
(Did I mention Burn Notice also stars Bruce Campbell? Talk about bad ass.)
Season 4, Episode 4 "Breach of Faith"

In Season 3, Episode 16 the lead character, Michael Weston gets lured into a TV store by the baddie Simon. The production team obviously assembled this store after a spree at IKEA. How many items can you spot?

 The scene is dark but if you click for a larger image you can see Lack shelving units used horizontally for TV stands.

That is a Detolf glass door cabinet. (Side note: I have two and they are awesome at keeping dust and bunny hair off collectibles.)

Over Michael's right shoulder is an
IKEA 365+ BRASA (Again, a dark shot but click for a larger view)

And on the left is the littlest of the two Klubbo nesting tables.

I wouldn't be surprised if more items were hiding in the shadows. I watched the scene a few times but it was dark and they showed the actors more than the set pieces. The nerve.

Burn Notice returns for the winter half of the season November 11 on USA. If you haven't seen this show get on it. There will be more IKEA spotting Burn Notice posts in the future so stay tuned.


  1. I wonder why set designers love Ikea so much. Is it because of its unique look, its universal look, its price, its availability, its portability (what other furniture can you put together and take apart, and hack, so easily?)

  2. Hi, I'm a set designer! I like Ikea furniture for is weight (or lack thereof) and its price. Working not in teevee and in the reality of having a budget in NYC, it helps. AND the thing is that you can usually make it look other (unless a certain someone is sitting and pointing).