It is said that people either love IKEA or hate it. Even those who fall into the latter group may find a recently published article amusing.
When the founding fathers of the metric system dreamed of a measurement system that would be “universal, for all people, for all time”, they probably did not have home furnishings uppermost in their thoughts. Although the industrial revolution was gathering pace at that time, the idea that an item of furniture could be made in one country and then sold in a hundred others would have seemed far fetched to almost everyone.
Now, according to an article that appeared on the blog ‘99% invisible’ on 19 August 2014, not only is IKEA furniture distributed worldwide, but it is being modified worldwide too, much to the consternation of the bosses at IKEA. Here is a quote from the article:
“Because IKEA products are available in so many countries and use metric measurements, a worldwide “hackerati” has been able to thrive. You see hacks posted from Australia, Russia, Israel and Dubai. Someone even posted a hack of a French country house library in an actual French country house. He used 60 Billy and Benno bookcases.”
The full article may be found at:
Something for the week-end?