Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

It is New Year's Eve! Another year, another decade gone and I wanted to give you a little something in honor of the celebration. I was tempted to make the blog look like a mid-1990's website and plaster it with animated gifs. Gifs that show my enthusiasm as only sparkly explosions on a constant loop can express.

It's actually hypnotic.

But I'd like to think I am classier than that and I don't want to induce seizures.

So instead, to properly wish you a happy and healthy New Year I found a couple jubilant photos from IKEA Brooklyn's First Birthday celebration complete with fireworks over the water.


* IKEA photos courtesy of stynxno on flickr

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Special guest star - Marie.

This post is a very special one because it is the first to feature content spotted by a reader of my little blog. Marie was kind enough to send me an email letting me know of a spotting in Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). I very rarely watch horror movies so I certainly wouldn't have come across this on my own. I am even more thankful to Marie for sending me a link to screencaps of the relevant scene so I wouldn't have to watch the movie myself.

In Kris's bedroom (played by Katie Cassidy) is a HEMNES mirror chest, HEMNES square nightstand, white INGOLF chair near the desk/dressing table on the right. It's a bit blurry but I think we have RIBBA frames on the wall as well. The rug looks to be an ERSLEV.

While skimming photos online I also found an image from later on in the movie. It is dark but that is definitely an IKEA STOCKHOLM CIRKEL cushion on the chair to the right of the screen.

I was also intrigued to find out that the star of Nightmare is also going to play Lisbeth in the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I'm not going to debate the merits of another adapation because that is sensitive territory. I am simply hoping for some spotting possibilities.

Thanks again Marie. Have you spotted something and want to share it with the rest of the group? You'll get a bit of internet fame as I give you the proper credit. You can tell all your friends!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Snow, snow, snow.

Sorry for lack of posts the past few days. Between the holiday weekend and the New England blizzard that knocked out my power for a couple of days I have not been able to post. I have finally recovered my power and heat so I can resume spotting activities. I will hopefully be back up to speed tomorrow.

I seriously need to fashion myself pair of these for the next time I help dig out my neighbors or just want to play with my niece in the snow :

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Two countries no longer sperated by all of space and time.

American television gets a little lazy around the holidays. We have to go weeks without new episodes of our favorite shows.  We get stuck with old holiday specials, repeats, cheesy movies of the week and reality filler.

I like what the BBC does with their shows. Even if a show has ended their series/season one can expect a special to air around the holidays. This year the big excitement is over the Doctor Who Christmas special. It will be the first time the special will air in the US on Christmas Day. BBC America is celebrating this by running a Doctor Who marathon & Doctor Who at the Proms on Christmas Day. I don't have cable but fortunately will be celebrating Christmas at a house that does. Even so, I will have to be on my best behavior in order to be able to stake a claim of the TV for the special and I cannot expect to watch any of the marathon before hand. But, that is okay. I have the DVDs and I've been having my own marathon in preparation.

While rewatching series 5 of Doctor Who I remembered that I hadn't written a post featuring episode 11 entitled 'The Lodger'. The Doctor attempts to fit in as a regular bloke renting out a room in an IKEA filled apartment.

A wide shot of the apartment's kitchen. There a lot of goodies to spot. What do you see?

Here you can see a close up of the LUNS magnet/storage board in white, VIKA BYSKE counter/table and GLIMT light which I found in the store but not online.

Behind the Doctor's back - GRUNDTAL rail for utensils and LUFTIG exhaust hood.

A brief shot of the FILLSTA pendant lamp and BESTA shelving units.

Near the front door: TJUSIG hat rack, ÅNES mirror and the Doctor in a towel.

Another angle of the TJUSIG & ÅNES

I want that wall paper. The Doctor wasn't too successful at blending in as a regular bloke but we wouldn't really want to see that anyway. Would we?

Let me know during your holiday viewing if you see anything!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sugar high.

This week has been incredibly crazy with everything ramping up for the holidays so my posts are a bit irregular. For those who don't celebrate, I'm sorry it has taken over everything, everywhere. Do you at least find our tacky light displays a little cheerful on these cold, dark nights?

Well, I have something that is neither tacky nor unimaginative. One thing about the holidays that everyone can enjoy is baking or at least eating the final product!

My friend Jill bakes every Christmas. I've seen it in previous years. It is epic! This year: "26 batches of cookies baked - That's more than 13 lbs of butter, 65 cups of flour and 20 cups of sugar!" Today she shared with me a link from the New York Times and mentioned it had an IKEA reference. Based on the thumbnail for the article I thought it would be a callback to the cleverly designed IKEA Cookbook with the graphic representations of the ingredients and final products.

The wonderful “Hembakat är Bäst” (Homebaked is Best) cookbook given out for free in limited quantities only in Swedish IKEA stores. (Big frownie face.)

The New York Times feature does have to do with baking and creation but it has a more direct IKEA reference. I thought about extracting just the pictures pertaining to IKEA but I think you will enjoy reading through the whole thing in context.

Click on over to Let it Dough!  and revel in the humor and creativity.

Let it Dough!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Loose ends of Parenthood

We continue to take a look at the remaining last little odds and ends from my late night Parenthood spotting with my friend Rachelle. We previously took a look at the pretty complete IKEA break room at the shoe factory from season 2, episode 5 and these spottings are from the same episode.

In the Gilmore mom's apartment is a HELMER drawer unit.

In her daughter's room is our favorite storage boxes - EMU.

The little girl Sydney's room is a TALLVIK table lamp.

And a SMILA STJÄRNA star lamp on the back wall.

Lastly, there is a STUVA storage unit in the corner.

That wraps up what I was able to see in that particular episode. Rachelle has been tasked, when her schedule allows, to continue watching the series and notifying me if she see anything else.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

'Twas the Sunday before Christmas.

It's Sunday and I don't have another song for you. I'm sorry. I think one of you talented folks need to put together a song or poem (limerick or haiku) about your love for IKEA. Send it on to me and I will post a special feature.

Since it is the last weekend before Christmas I thought I would share with you two videos that, while not IKEA, feature another famous Swedish* export and a bit of the holiday spirit.

The first is from The Muppet Family Christmas featuring the Swedish Chef and Big Bird. This special includes ALL of Jim Henson's Muppet properties including Sesame Street & The Fraggles sharing the Christmas holiday together. The various highly edited DVD/VHS are currently out of print but the full, unedited version can be seen here.

The second I wanted mostly for the audio. This is from The Muppet's Red and Green Christmas album. It is entitled "Christmas Smorgasbord" and sung by the Swedish Chef & friends. Makes me hungry and jubilant. Enjoy.

*Now, I don't know how people perceive the Swedish Chef outside the US so I don't mean to offend anyone. I don't want to get sucked into the internet debates about narrow world views and all that. I know he talks gibberish for the most part with some authentic words thrown in and I am sophisticated enough to know that Swedish does not actually sound like this. Simply, it it makes me laugh. We are always in need of a laugh.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Office

After exhausting all my holiday DVD/VHS viewing options over the past few days I went online to find some Christmas episodes to enjoy. I found myself watching The Office (U.K.) Christmas Special. I love the series. Sometimes David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is so awkward and inappropriate that I get too uncomfortable and can't watch him embarrass himself. In those cases I am usually fast forwarding to the less awkward bits. I am a sucker for anything Tim & Dawn. Which is why I love the Christmas Special so much. The second hour has David regaining a little bit of dignity and well...Tim & Dawn!

As I was watching the special I noticed two things 1) I am way too excited for Martin Freeman to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and can't stop thinking of Tim as a hobbit and 2) hey, there's some IKEA.

In the break room is a white SPONTAN magazine holder. The SPONTAN appears with great frequency on this blog but I think it is the first time we've seen the white one.

 A better shot from a series 1 episode 5.

There is a gray LACK side table in the reception area.

Love the guy drunkenly passed out during the party.

In David's/Gareth's office is a discontinued KVINTOL lamp. The shot is brief and I was only able to recognize it because I own two. The lamp was apparently part of the IKEA catalog for quite a few years although I didn't notice them until the end. I was lucky enough to have found a pair of them in the as-is section shortly before they were discontinued. I love the tapered wood, very mid-century modern.

Looking at an earlier episode from the series it looks like a larger KVINTOL once sat in David's office. It was discontinued long before I became familiar with IKEA. I tried to do some research online but I wasn't getting any results for the big one.

Lastly, throughout the common office area are TERTIAL work lamps with the discontinued cast iron base. Without the base the lamps can only clip to the edge of desks and other work surfaces. (pst IKEA - that's silly. Bring the base back. Thanks.)

And just for the heck of it - SPOILERS...


Thursday, December 16, 2010


The other night I was getting ready for an early bed when I get the following message

22:05:00 Rachelle:I FOUND IKEA S**T IN A TV SHOW

22:05:21 Rachelle:I don't know why I'm so proud of myself

22:06:23 Rachelle:And the design room

22:06:27 Rachelle:wall hangy things? chairs?

and email-

Parenthood ep 2.5
Shoe place breakroom - Ikea kitcheny stuff
Design room - wall stuff.  Chairs, tables?

My friend Rachelle (she of the dishware challenge) was very excited to finally help me out by spotting something on a show I do not watch. I believe she admitted to letting out an excited scream when she realized what she was seeing. Fortunately, Hulu had the episode available so we were able to watch together. Once I confirmed she was right, I fired up my photoshop and began the process of screencapping. Over the next hour we went through the episode spotting and naming the items via chat.

In the break room at the shoe factory: BERNHARD chairs, BILLSTA table and FANTASTISK napkin holders.


The kitchenette area is constructed of the VÄRDE line of cabinets including the sink cabinet . You can also see the KVOT dish drainer next to the sink and the ORDNING dish drainer mounted above the sink. Above that EKBY JÄRPEN/ EKBY BJÄRNUM combo wall shelves.

 Here is a VÄRDE counter storage unit and a better look at the AKURUM cabinets with glass doors.

  Moving along the corridor we see various KASSETT boxes atop filing cabinets.

In the office / design room is a SPONTAN magnetic board on the far wall.

By the time I went to bed (much later than planned) I had visions of IKEA dancing in my head and a friend who was threatening me : "If you get me hooked on this S**T..." (Cue maniacal laugh) What happened to the joy of helping a friend?

There are a couple smaller spottings from this episode but I will save those for another time.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

IKEA in a space western?

Yesterday I featured Buffy the Vampire Slayer and today I have another Joss Whedon property. The fan favorite Firefly (2002) featured a few IKEA products aboard Serenity. Set 500 hundred years in our future this would put the sci-fi IKEA sightings between Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica.

In the dining room & galley there are at least 4/5 EMU scattered around. They get rearranged throughout the series but it is clear that there are several present at one time. Look along the back walls of the following pictures. Click for a larger view if that helps.

There is also a BURKEN jar as seen here to the left of Wash. Also, two more EMU tucked in the back of the galley and an ORDNING cutlery caddy.

Here is a closer look at the two ORDNING cutlery caddies.

In River's bedroom there is a SPONTAN magazine rack. See to the left of Jane's backside.

Okay, so the image below is the better shot but you can't blame me for posting the one above.

You can only see it a couple of times in the pilot but there is also a SPONTAN outside the infirmary.

Unfortunately the set pieces from the TV show got scrapped after its cancellation. When Firefly got resurrected for the big screen, in Serenity, Serenity the spaceship was rebuilt from scratch.The rebuild did not include the use of IKEA products.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Buffy the guidance counselor?

On Friday I had to babysit my niece because she was home sick from school. She is obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer so that is what we watched. (Could have been worse I suppose.)  We were watching Season 7 which debuts the new Sunnydale High and gives Buffy employment as a guidance counselor.

The guidance office, where Buffy has her new desk and the principal's office are chock full of IKEA goodness. Season 7 aired 2002-2003 so some of the GALANT system shown in the following screencaps have been discontinued.

Seen here is the SPONTAN magazine rack which is used to hold her files.

GALANT system: drawer unit, filing cabinet, desk top shelf

A full view of the desk itself with KNÖS desk pad.

The waiting room has a SPONTAN magazine rack and LACK end table.

The principal's office with full GALANT desk and wall cabinets.

The conference table in his office has JULES chairs.

What threw me off at first was the fact that the desks & tables used VIKA KAJ legs with the GALANT desktops. Both GALANT legs & the VIKA KAJ are adjustable but GALANT A is angled.


I personally like the straight legs a little better. The result are nice clean looking offices. You would not guess that they sat 15 feet above a Hellmouth.