Ikea, Beijing

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    I am sure the product mix and food sales at Ikea vary by country, but a unique feature of the Beijing store must be the way people hang out. People sleep on the beds, lounge on sofa's and have informal chats on the chairs. People read, nurse babies and eat lunch on the furniture. Its crowded and chaotic!

    What is interesting is what is different about the Beijing outlet of the global chain British magazine Icon called the most influential in contemporary design. Ikea, with its Swedish style, and its finger on the global home furhishings zeitgist, makes a good case study of what Tyler Cowen calls creative destruction; the sometimes positive effects of a global cultural synthesis.

    Philip Greenspun colourfully summarizes an article on Ikea's founder, Ingvar Kamprad. There is also an extended discussion about Ikea here.

    LeBernadin, quigleyfam, and 49 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Oldtasty ages ago | reply

      Great photo! I noticed the same thing when I was living in Beijing. It's certainly interesting to see how local norms about what is appropriate behavior can so thorougly change the feel of what is a pretty standard retail setting.

    2. Peter Bowers ages ago | reply

      great shot...you have the gift of capturing the feel of the moment...also very interesting comments

    3. pmorgan ages ago | reply

      Thanks very much pbowers and Oldtasty. Shift1 also has some shots of the sub niche photo category of Ikea Beijing shoppers.

    4. Dror Poleg ages ago | reply

      OMG, there's an IKEA in Beijing?!

    5. pmorgan ages ago | reply

      Yes Gogi, there is an Ikea in Beijing. And a whole whack of Starbucks. Pizza Hut, which serves really intriguing 'globalized' foods, is still my favourite: they had a Greek theme during the Athens summer Olympics, and on Friday we had curried-chicken pizza.

    6. Dror Poleg ages ago | reply

      well... i havent been there in 3 years. I remember the Starbucks etc... but IKEA... that's an escallation... I am moving to Guangzhou next week. Is there IKEA there too?

    7. Kouzi.Chan 113 months ago | reply

      yes,there's an ikea in Guangzhou too.i'm quite sure of that.

    8. Dimoru 112 months ago | reply

      Que sillones tan agradables.

    9. qgil 109 months ago | reply

      Nice picture. I have used it to illustrate flors.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/n810-maemo-device-program/

      Thanks!

    10. shambalileh 109 months ago | reply

      When we were living in Beijing, we would go to IKEA whenever we got homesick. It was an instant cure.

    11. Scottski 105 months ago | reply

      Great story to go with an interesting photo. It's a great way to learn new things through imagery.

    12. Michiel_ 100 months ago | reply

      Awesome Ikea! =D

    13. poeloq 97 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Best of Beijing (Creative Commons!), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. F. Álvarez 97 months ago | reply

      Great photograh!

    15. Stella Dacuma Schour 92 months ago | reply

      nice pic!

      back when i was staying in beijing for a couple of weeks, i was told that communist china had tenement housing for its people that didnt have large living areas in their units so they mostly congregated in the outdoor parks, plazas and what other open public space they can use to socialize and interact. i was also told that such units didnt have bathrooms inside of each and instead had communal ones.

      this ikea behaviour, after learning all of that from hearsay, totally explains everything to me.

    16. ZenFlex Studio 88 months ago | reply

      good composition.

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