Monday, March 28, 2011

Oh, what the hell.

When friends post videos and music to their profiles I never quite know if I want to click. Sometimes I hit play and am subjected to a most annoying song or I get lucky and come across something beautiful. Last night my friend Xander posted an Avril Lavigne video and I was bored. I clicked and came out better than I had anticipated. While I'm rather indifferent to the song I did have to thank him for the IKEA spotting material.

Avril Lavigne's What The Hell video starts off in an apartment set.

Two EXPEDIT units and MALM bed.

A closer look of the EXPEDIT units

The IKEA STOCKHOLM sofa table used as a TV (and hat) stand.

Lastly in the closet are two 3-drawer ANEBODA dressers. The birch veneer is discontinued.

She leaves the apartment after 50 seconds in and that is the end of the spotting.

You can watch the video for yourself here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Not just for show.

I'm not a gamer myself. However, I have been casually following the plight of Duke Nukem fans eagerly awaiting Duke Nukem Forever. They have been waiting since 1997 for this sequel to be released. Finally, in January they were given a release date of May 3rd. Gamers rejoiced! Then a little over a month before the release date Gearbox Software released a video announcing that the game would be delayed, again.

I was watching the video and was surprise by some IKEA desks. I suppose I am so used to spotting things in TV & movies and I forget that IKEA is used in real life. I need more eagle eyes to confirm whether they see A-leg GALANT desks in this office.

Here's a close-up. The lighting and low quality make it difficult to get a proper look at the legs. The desk foremost in the picture looks to have a SUMMERA computer holder.

Here's a shelf on the desk top. It was actually one of the first things I noticed. It looks like it was made with CAPITA legs, a common hack.

So readers what do you think? I've embedded the video for you to watch and judge. I give credit to Gearbox Software for announcing this news with a sense of humor.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

NCIS quickie

I've got a couple quickies from NCIS and both feature Tony (Michael Weatherly) for the fan girls. The first one is from Season 6, episode 10.

The product photo isn't clear at all but that is the HULTET bamboo drape (discontinued).

In episode 6 of season 6 there is an ORGEL table lamp and Tony with a feather duster. Hmm.

NCIS  has quite a  lotscattered through its many seasons. I have quite a bit in my files and thanks to ncis.caff-pow for the clear screencaps. You can explore more of what I have posted so far here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

House of Anubis, part II

I wrote a post featuring House of Anubis earlier this month which featured the school sets on the show. Today I will show what I found in the house itself, primarily the students' bedroom. 

In one of the girl's bedroom there is a purple LYKTA lamp.

Red EKBY MÅNS shelving brackets

In the other girl's room are white shelves which have EKBY HENSVIK brackets. On the uppermost shelves are TRIPP storage tins. This particular pattern is now discontinued.

UNG DRILL frame painted green.

In the boys' room we see a discontinued FIRA mini-drawer chest.

TJUSIG hat rack

In the clutter of the desk in the back are a TALLVIK lamp and HELMER drawer unit.

Down in the kitchen there are GRUNDTAL rail and shelf, MAGASIN dish drainer, IKEA 365+ jar with lid (clear cereal container on the island) and whatever else you can make out.

I stopped watching the series with my niece about half way through. If you are a regular viewer and there was something in the end of the series let me know.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lost in Austen

Jane Austen has had a resurgence in popularity the past few years. Her 6 novels have been subjected to numerous dramatizations, modernizations (think Clueless), zombifications, and bastardizations (with this I mean the sequels, spin-offs, erotic and slash re-imaginings.) If you explored any of those links you would have seen that no other book has suffered as greatly as her second novel Pride and Prejudice. I think it is because every girl fancies herself to be a romantic heroine (so they say) in search of the perfect (slightly damaged) hero. The most popular literary heroine is arguably Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr. Darcy is the epitome of a romantic hero.

So what would you do if you could step into the world of your favorite novel and have the chance to fall in love with the dashing hero? That is what the mini-series Lost in Austen is trying to explore. Set in both the lead character's modern day world and the fictional, regency world of Pride and Prejudice the mini-series follows Amanda as she swaps places with Elizabeth Bennet and must learn to navigate the world of her favorite novel.

In Amanda's livingroom is a red EKTORP Sofa, and UNNI throw pillows (discontinued).

A 2008 catalog photo of the UNNI cushions for your reference.

HOL  side table. Anyone know the fabric for the curtains? Too unique not to be IKEA.

GRUNDTAL kitchen accessories along the back wall of the kitchen and GRUNDTAL countertop lighting. We don't get a good view of the pendant lights above the counter but I am going to throw out the FOTO pendant lamp as an option. 

When Amanda visits her mother we see in the kitchen a couple EKBY JÄRPEN/ EKBY ROBERT wall shelf combinations.

 Except, you know, upside down.

A bit of a SPOILER* below

Back in Amanda's bathroom there is a GRUNDTAL towel hanger/shelf.

I'm kind of kicking myself for using the Lost in IKEA title for a previous post. However, since IKEA is only featured in a couple scenes from the present day I cannot feel too bad.

*If you can't guess how the story ends then you need to read more novels or at the very least some fan fiction.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Kinetic IKEA overload

We've seen more than a few commercials which use IKEA furnishings to help depict the beautiful life as only advertisements can. However, a recent ad for XBOX Kinect comes out as the all time winner. It uses such a high quanitity of IKEA products that I have to wonder if the designers would have thought it easier to get permission to film at an actual IKEA show room. I tried to begin a list of all the pieces featured and my brain just shut down. Some of the pieces are re-used in more than one room (or the room itself is rearranged to look different) so at least the decorators were trying to be economical.

The following pictures were taken from the minute long ad which features at least a dozen rooms. The bits of this longer ad are used to make the shorter and international ads that can be seen on TV and online.

My mind is boggled!

room 1

room 2

room 3

room 4

room 5

room 6

room 7

room 8

room 9

room 10

room 11

What do you see? When I am suitably loaded with caffeine and have several hours to spare I'll go back through and label what I've seen.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day of the Triffids

Today we have a submission from reader Mackenzie. It is in the 2009 mini-series Day of the Triffids.
I hadn't seen the mini-series (although with the cast & classic b-movie synopsis I'm surprised I missed it) but Mackenzie was extremely helpful by supplying me with enough descriptors to find it.

In the father's triffid room are DROPPER canisters back on the mini-refrigerator.

Here's a little close up shot of the canisters.

Also in the fridge are KRUS storage containers. Look closely through the murky door.

Well spotted, Mackenzie. Thank you for the email! If any other readers have a spotting they'd like to share, please send me an email at ikeaspotter [at] gmail [dot] com.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Like that phone call at 4:58 on a Friday.

The spotting I am featuring today is thanks to my friend Rachelle. The night of the Oscars we had a challenging and hilarious experience trying to watch and chat about the Oscars together. Challenging because while I was watching live on TV in one state we were trying to find a live streaming website so she could watch along with me in another. All the sites were either getting shut down or on a significant delay. Hilarious because even with all the technical difficulties on our end the show itself was rife with perfect snark material. At least the set was pretty.

Shortly after the long ceremony was over and about the time I decided to go to bed I get a ping in my chat. Rachelle had gone back to catching up on Parenthood and made a spotting. As always, instead of saying "thank you, I'll look into it tomorrow" and going to bed I had to find what she was watching. An hour later I had made my screencaps, did my research and lamented that I was still wide awake. Thanks Rachelle!

Parenthood, Season 2 Episode 8

Two of the characters are moving into a new apartment. With that move comes new furniture and as this new furniture comes from IKEA so does the task of assembling the new pieces. A rare treat is that we get to see the characters trying to assemble the pieces on screen.

Minor grumbling about assembling the pieces complete with a look at the instruction manual for the EXPEDIT.

We have one complete 2x4 EXPEDIT and one in progress.

Also in this episode, on the houseboat previously inhabited by this couple, we see GRUNDTAL spotlights under the shelves in the galley.