I came across this interesting article in the Guardian this morning... I never knew that there was a system to naming Ikea items. I thought that it consisted of throwing a bunch of letter tiles on the table and creating a name. But here's the system:
- Sofas, coffee tables, bookshelves, media storage and doorknobs are named after places in Sweden (Klippan, Malmö)
- Beds, wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway; carpets after places in Denmark and dining tables and chairs after places in Finland.
- Bookcases are mainly occupations (Bonde, peasant farmer; Styrman, helmsman).
- Bathroom stuff is named after lakes and rivers.
Kitchens are generally grammatical terms
- Kitchen utensils are spices, herbs, fish, fruits, berries, or functional words such as Skarpt (it means sharp, and it's a knife).
- Chairs and desks are Swedish men's names (Roger, Joel)
- Materials and curtains are women's names.
- Children's items are mammals, birds and adjectives (Ekorre is a set of children's toy balls; it means squirrel)
The photo is the Ikea in Cardiff, Wales, about a mile from where I lived. Click on the link to see how the giant venetian blinds work.