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March 19, 2006


Today I had an Interesting experience. Needing a new computer table/unit, I decided that for originality in a conformist way, alleged cheapness and also a new experience, I could do worse than to visit Ikea in Birmingham. Being an engineer the idea of self assembly furniture holds a masochistic thrill for me.

The Ikea Svengali Experience started with a giant car park; up a twisty, turny, hair-pinny hill akin to a tamer version of the mountain entry road to Hitler’s ‘Eagle’s Nest’. On entering the actual building there was a grand staircase and a children’s ballroom were tiny tots either play in tanks of brightly coloured plastic spheres, or are castrated; it was unclear from the outside.

Now the fun bit… Within viewing the first 2 items you will get some strange sense of de ja vu, and the within the next 3 (if you are any god) you will spot that in some Tron style madness Ikea has transplanted you into The Sims…

Its true!

Not only do all the items have silly, often comical such as a ‘Jules’ chair, names but their oddness of design and mostly modular nature is a clear reminder of that time you used the givecash cheat then brought all of the really expensive stuff, only to find that none of it matched. And modular furniture is exactly that, the table will cost you £29 but the legs will set you back an extra £4, and do you want the standard, the triangular prism or the jellybean filled hollow legs?

I got a computer table in the end, a nice single module, and when I get up tomorrow I will demonstrate how a trained engineer can use the Force[Eng]/”The Knack” to make self assembly furniture assemble itself.

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