As an American in America you look at the proliferation of IKEA stores in the USA like the furniture version of ABBA in the 70’s; very popular, trendy, easy on the eyes and rather predictable.
In America IKEA is still some what of a novelty like Swedish dance music.
In Paris, an IKEA kitchen in many, many situations is a necessity.
In America there is no special term or drama in bringing kitchen furniture on to the job site.
Your renovating the place. You drive up. Park the car. Deliver the furniture. No problem.
Here it can turn into cauchemar (nightmare) so huge it has it’s own name.
“OK, TOMORROW, IF PLAN GOES AS SCHEDULED WE ARE COMING FROM IKEA AND WE ARE LOOKING TO START FLAT PACKING THE APARTMENT AT ONE, FIVE, THIRTY HOURS. THAT’S 3:30 PM. OK?
THIS HUGE SITE IS ON A SMALL ONE WAY STREET FEEDING A MAJOR BOULEVARD.
TYPICAL FOR THE 7TH….
SO WE NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK IN A ONE BLOCK RADIUS LOOKING FOR PARKING.
I CALL IT.
WE SHIFT TO A DUMP AND GO.
DUMP AND GO?
WE STAGE OUTSIDE SO WE DON’T BOTHER THE GUARDIAN.
THIS ONE IS A REAL PIECE OF WORK.
WE DUMP ON THE SIDEWALK,
I GO FOR PARKING.
YOU GUYS START FLAT PACKING THE APARTMENT.
IT’S A FIVE STORY WALK UP TO A HUGE KITCHEN RENOVATION BUT WE CAN’T USE THE ELEVATOR BECAUSE THE GUARDIAN IS OUT OF HER MIND.
HERE IS THE CODE TO GET IN THE FRONT DOOR.
HERE IS THE CODE TO GET IN THE DOOR INSIDE THE FOYER.
HERE ARE THE KEYS TO THE APARTMENT.
REMEMBER. TAKE YOUR TIME
DON’T NICK THE WALLS ON THE WALK UP.
OK! WE READY TO FLAT PACK?!!!”
So in honor of this IKEA craziness we offer the following crazy videos.
BEWARE: A bit racy at points, but nevertheless lots of fun!