Friday, October 28, 2011

"So, a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire decide to live like humans do. "

I recently saw the original UK series Being Human. I'm not particularly fond of anything to do with domesticated Vampires but seeing as Aidan Turner is going to be in the upcoming Hobbit movie and Russell Tovey is connected with Doctor Who I thought I would give it a try.

In the first episode of the first season I spotted a red LUNNA chair (discontinued).  It disappears for a while after George tears up the living room but it shows up again a couple of episodes later. 

After most of their furniture was destroyed, Mitchell did say "I'm sensing a trip to IKEA. And you know my feelings on that".  Considering that the new furniture wasn't IKEA, it looks like Mitchell managed to avoid a trip to IKEA.

They did have several colors of DINERA mugs.

In Owen's apartment, episodes 3 and 5, there is a FRÄCK mirror in the bathroom -

and STOCKHOLM CIRKEL cushions (discontinued edited: still available) in the living room.

I don't know if I will continue watching the 2nd and 3rd seasons. I wasn't as engaged as I hoped to be but I liked the concept of them trying to be human.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"We're not using the "zed" word!"

It's that time of year. Cold creeps in and the darkness falls earlier and earlier. We revel and embrace the creepy crawlies; anything for a shiver and a chill. For me, and my documented dislike of horror films, the best I do is the horror suitable for basic cable.

The Walking Dead, season 1 episode 6, in the CDC rec room there is KARLSTAD sofa and chair, STOCKHOLM coffee table and a STOLMEN system with drawer units, posts and open storage unit.

In the background are FRANKLIN stools (discontinued).

On one of the units are CELEBER jars with lids (discontinued).  On the left is a green weave POÄNG chair with footstool.

Ten geek points if you can name the movie referenced in the title of this post. Next up a werewolf, vampire and ghost live in Bristol.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A year and a day.

Day two of my first anniversary celebrations! I was going to write something witty and profound about my experience writing this blog. Maybe I would give a shout out to all the wonderful collaborators and friends who support my blog. However, I came across this and well:

Can you get the song out of your head? I can't.

And suddenly that name
Will never be the same
To me. 
I've just kissed a girl named IKEA,
And suddenly I've found
How wonderful a sound
Can be! 
Say it loud and there's music playing,
 Say it soft and it's almost like praying.
I'll never stop saying IKEA! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Birthday IKEA Spotter!

Today is the one year anniversary of my little blog!

What better way to celebrate than with a little cake.

I've renewed the domain name for another year and I plan on sticking around! Stay tuned for more celebratory posts this week. And always, thank you for reading!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wanted: Nerdy spotters with IKEA product knowledge from the period of 1994-1998.

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 recently started streaming on Netflix and I couldn't help but wonder if I would find some IKEA in an episode or two. I have featured a few science fiction shows which inexplicably show IKEA in the future. It wouldn't surprise me if Star Trek was guilty as well.

After doing a Google search I didn't come up with any DS9 references but I did discover that the granddaddy of them all is Babylon 5 (1994-1998).  The chatter online is that to help keep production costs low the art department of Babylon 5 integrated a lot of IKEA furnishings into the sets. Of course, I am incredibly intrigued. This show would be the earliest I have covered hitting just at the time IKEA started gaining momentum in the United States.

The only problem for me is that I have not seen Babylon 5 since it originally aired and even though it is available for streaming (and would gladly re-watch Bruce Boxleitner in anything) I do not have the product knowledge from the period the show was in production to confidently spot what is there.

So if you are a Babylon 5 fan and want to contribute please drop me a line. I would also consider a form of compensation for your time and efforts.

Perhaps some Swedish meatballs?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Two sets of eyes better than one.

I love when others play IKEA Spotter with me. Another Nero Wolfe fan found something I missed in the "Christmas Party" episode I featured a couple weeks ago.

In a 1950s New York artist's studio there is not 1 but 2 anachronistic IKEA pieces. When I was watching the episode I thought this big unit stood out (for reasons other than the color scheme). I didn't think to research it but Beulah knew it to be the RAKKE wardrobe unit (discontinued) and sent me an email.

I thank Beulah for pointing the second one out to me. My IKEA knowledge doesn't extend as far back as I should like. This episode was produced in 2001 and I first held an IKEA catalog in my hand in 2005. Unless it was still in production after I got a couple of catalogs under my belt then my chances of recognizing it are slim. It becomes much more fun to spot in older episodes and shows.

As always, if you have a spotting to share send me an email. I will gladly include it here on my blog. (Aaron, if you are reading this - I know I still owe you an Insidious post, once I get brave enough to rent the movie.)

Monday, October 3, 2011

"Oh, you've redecorated! I don't like it. "

Ah, Doctor Who. I love you. I'm still trying to decipher everything that happened in the finale but I wanted to do a write a quick post before I go back and watch it again.

In episode 12, the penultimate episode, we revisit a friend from last season's "The Lodger". Nothing is as endearing as seeing the Doctor interact with children and in this episode he gets to spend time with a baby. Stormageddon (or rather, Alphie) has in his room 2 EXPEDIT units. A large 4x4 along the wall and a smaller 2x2 which you can only see the corner of on the left in the first picture.

Downstairs, in the kitchen there is a BRASA pendant lamp.

In the finale we see a lovely shot of Amy waiting outside in her garden. There are 2 HULTÖ rattan easy chairs and a BOLLÖ folding table. The paper lanterns are most likely the solar lanterns that were only available during the summer.

I personally think it was a satisfying season finale. I won't spoil anything for you but it all tied together nicely. Next thing to look forward to is the Christmas special.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

That's the voice of Peter Griffin?

I was watching a recap of the week's TV events and glimpsed a little bit of Seth MacFarlane singing on Leno. In that short clip I thought I saw MASKROS pendant lamps around the set.

I'm not a Leno fan but the idea that these were used to decorate the set intrigued me. I tracked down the video of the September 27th performance on Hulu. I fast forwarded to the musical performance and found that they did indeed use the MASKROS around the stage.

Does anyone who watches Leno on a regular basis know if these often make an appearance? I wonder if it was a means to get inexpensive ambiance for the crooner.

I've embeded the video of Seth's performance below. I did not know he had such a nice singing voice. I suppose now, after thinking about it, I have heard Peter, Brian & Stewie (all voiced by MacFarlane) sing on Family Guy. However, I don't think they were ever meant to sound this good.