Man draws dozens of penises in Ikea, with Ikea pencil


A 31-year-old Aalborg resident was charged with vandalism after drawing "up to 30 penises" on the walls and fixtures of the Aalborg Ikea.

Once caught, the man denied that he was responsible for all the drawings, and that his curious crime was inspired by having seen someone else do it first.

“The man has admitted to being behind these drawings, but not as many as 30. He has no prior convictions and he has explained that he did it because he had seen similar drawings in IKEA. He has regretted his actions, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has still committed vandalism,” Poulsen said.

Yes. This could be a thing. [via Abroath] Read the rest

Three stabbed in Ikea knife attack

Two are dead following the attack at an IKEA store in Vesteras, Sweden, an hour east of Stockholm. A third was seriously injured, according to Reuters.

"We found a man and a woman who had knife injuries and who later died of their wounds," local police said in a statement. The motive of the attack was unclear.

A 35 year-old man was seriously injured, Swedish television reported.

"He was brought in from the site of the incident with life-threatening injuries," Lena Moren, head duty nurse at Vasteras hospital, told the SVT public broadcaster.

The BBC adds that a man is in police custody, but no motive has been established.

Update: Bloomberg reports that the third victim is in critical condition and undergoing surgery. Read the rest

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Ikea may not kill Ikeahackers fan-site after all

Ikeahackers -- a venerable fan-site that competed with Ikea's newly launched, empty "online community" -- were previously threatened by Ikea and looked to face extinction. Read the rest

Yet another Ikea fan-site threatened by the company

It's not just Ikeahackers: Ikea has gone all-out war on its web-fans. Read the rest

Ikea bullies Ikeahackers with bogus trademark claim

Andy writes, "For eight years, Jules' IKEAHackers site has published ways people have hacked their IKEA products. Hundreds of people have combined IKEA products in creative ways to create everything from desks to cat trees. When the fan site turned to a huge part-time job, Jules ran a few small advertisements. Now IKEA's attorneys have sent the site a Cease and Desist."

Ikea's C&D is, as a matter of law, steaming bullshit. There's no trademark violation here -- the use of Ikea's name is purely factual. The fact that money changes hands on Ikeahackers (which Ikea's lawyers seem most upset about) has no bearing on the trademark analysis. There is no chance of confusion or dilution from Ikeahackers' use of the mark. This is pure bullying, an attempt at censorship. I'm shocked to see that Jules has a lawyer who advised her to take such a terrible deal.

We've linked to Ikeahackers many times in the past.

Trademark law is surrounded by urban legends. Trademark does not create the legal right to stop people from making factual uses of a mark ("Ikeahackers" is a site for people who hack Ikea furniture). And while there is a very slim chance of trademarks being "genericized" through a failure to police, this risk is grossly overstated by trademark lawyers (quick, name three modern, active trademarks that have been genericized through a lack of policing), and in any event, you can get the same benefit from offering a royalty-free license as you get from threatening a lawsuit. Read the rest

Alfonso Cuarón's "Ikea"

Just this weekend I snuck into Ikea to grab just one very specific thing, and within minutes I was angry and confused. [Video Link via Kottke] Read the rest

Mid-Century Modern Ikea mod

Fred in Rennes, France demonstrates his simple, effective Ikea mod to convert a trio of Ulsberg tables into a mid-century modern side-table: "You take 3 Ulsberg table and you cut the table leg. 3 colors with aerosol paint under the top and that's it."

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Ikea catalog made from found hardcore porn footage

A tumblr called just another ikea catalog [VERY NSFW] consists of clips from hardcore pornography in which Ikea furniture appears, converted to animated GIFs with catalog-style product names and pricing superimposed as appropriate. Read the rest

Ikea to women: we 'regret' airbrushing you out of Saudi catalog

The Swedish flatpack furniture company Ikea says it "regrets" that images of women went missing from the Saudi version of its mail-order catalog. Women are visible in the version of these same images in the English-language Ikea catalog. "Excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalogue is in conflict with the Ikea Group values," said a spokesbot this week. And, check it out: they're also PUTTING SOCKS ON PEOPLE! (HT: Antinous + Maciej Ostaszewski)

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Cheap Ikea anglepoise knock-off is a good articulated arm for webcams

Ikea makes a super-cheap, $9 articulated anglepoise knock-off lamp. The articulated arm is a useful for anything lightweight that needs to have an adjustable X- and Y-axis. Instructables user Brianandrewparker shows how to use a blob of Sugru to mount a webcam to the lamp-base and give yourself a nice, adjustable camera. He notes that this would be useful for mounting other things, too.

Tertial Webcam (via Lifehacker) Read the rest