John Spalding wrote to tell us about an article by Mary Beth Crain at their website:
“…beneath the surface, IKEA is much more. It’s an adventure, a journey
abroad, a land unto itself, a place where you and your dreams meet at
last. To those of us with visions of everything from stunningly
remodeled kitchens to Swedish meatballs, IKEA is holy ground. When you
see those beautiful blue and gold flags waving gaily to you, announcing
that you are about to enter the IKEA parking lot, you almost want to
jump out of your car and get down on your knees, in prayerful
gratitude. When it comes to consumer fundamentalism, IKEA is Mecca,
Jerusalem, the Crystal Cathedral, St. Patrick’s, and the Buddha’s
Enlightenment Tree, all rolled into one…”
Read the full post at the SoMa Review
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Swedish furniture giant Ikea’s decision to sell paintings by well-known artists was a wise move, with the warehouse’s entire stock running out in 12 minutes.
Some 6,000 paintings will be sold, 1,560 of those were bought this morning in the store’s warehouse at Kungens Kurva.
“Three of them were sold out at the same time,” said Tina Björeman, Ikea spokesman, according to Dina Pengar.
“It was Ernst Billgren, Denise Gråstein and Jan Håfström which went in five and a half minutes.
The paintings were being sold at all Ikea warehouses in the country and long lines were reported in Malmö and at Barkarby near Stockholm. Some waited all night at Kungens Kurva to buy a
“One person was here already at 10:30 p.m. and has waited all night,” said Björeman.”
The paintings are being sold for 1,695 kronor each. Shoppers have to mount the paintings themselves”
Check your local store for details
In the News
At IKEA we are no strangers to the great and the good of the world of art.
We have been selling motifs of many artists such as Picasso and Monet. IKEA Art
Event adds a new dimension to our offer and opens the door for you, our
customers, to the world of exclusive current galleries. The artists presented in
the IKEA Art Event are individual contemporary artists working in Sweden.
This is a limited edition. Why limited? Well, why not – this is an
event afterall. Here today, gone tomorrow. This is definitely an event you don’t
want to miss! Event only in Chicago, Paramus, Philadelphia and
“Looking for a quick DIY project that gives you an opportunity to create a work of art for your walls for under $50? I think you’ll like this idea, I needed a way to display my Lotta Jansdotter postcards, so I figured I’d grab some IKEA frames, scissors and a roll of duct tape.
A: Purchase frames at IKEA. You can purchase as many, or few, as you’d like. I grabbed the NYTTJA 2-packs in white (5.5 x 7.5″, which fits images 4 x 6″). Next, pick up a roll of heavy duty clear duct tape. Please do not purchase the standard gray, for one, it’s ugly and two, the color peeks through the cracks. Grab a package of sawtooth picture hangers too, these will secure the art to the wall when you’re finished. Don’t forget a pair of good scissors.
B: Collect your images, mini-paintings, postcards, cards, anything that you’d like to display….”
HOLLY @ decor8
Check it out!