November 25, 2012

Sketching at IKEA

A while back, someone in our little sketching group in Stockholm got the idea that we should go sketching at IKEA some time. The biggest IKEA in the world is situated just south of Stockholm, it´s always shockingly full of people, the parking lot is always crowded (they seem to add another floor to it each year), and it seemed like a crazy enough place to go sketching. So today we did.

IKEA Kungens kurva, bed department 

I think this was the first time I truly enjoyed being at IKEA on a weekend. No errands, no standing in lines waiting for help in the info desks, just relaxing and sketching away with the free art supply provided by IKEA - their little note taking pencils turned out to be great for value sketching.

IKEA Kungens kurva, sofa department 

Drawing in IKEA turned out to be more fun that I could imagine. The perspective challenges are endless, and there are people everywhere (good for sketching, bad for shopping), you have an endless choice of comfy furniture to sit on, and a café on every floor. Sketching in dark and cold November doesn´t get much better than this. ;)

17 comments :

Rolf Schröter said...

great sketches. looks just like 'our' ikea in berlin spandau.

me and my family love to visit it and naturally i always have my sketchbook with me, but till now did only sketch in the restaurant (where we strangly enjoy food, i would not eat anywhrere else - presumably some kind of drugs in it, or i got a subliminal conditioning from early childhood) or when waiting for my furniture at the wrapping counter.

Mr Tazab said...

sketching in Ikea! what a great idea, wish I had one in Clermont-Ferrand!
great sketches.

Duru said...

wow! they look awesome!

kane said...

Brilliant.

Diminished Sanity said...

Is this in Stockholm... or Atlanta?

Claudia said...

Hej, what a funny idea.
Ilike it.

Claudia (G

Angela Maria Russo said...

beautiful!!!

Urusai said...


Just awesome!

Shari Blaukopf said...

What a great idea! Of all the Urban Sketchers groups, you Swedes should get to do IKEA first. Perfect place for November.

Nina Johansson said...

Thanks everybody for your comments!
@Rolf: Seems like a 100% of the customers in the store go to the restaurant to eat those meat balls - must be something in them, for sure. ;)
@Diminished Sanity: could probably be anywhere, IKEA is the MacDonalds of the furniture world - every store follows the same concept. But this one is in Stockholm.
@Shari: and now we´ve done it, so now you can too. ;)

Diminished Sanity said...

Nina,
I can't tell where I'm at anymore after I walk inside ANY store or ANY restaurant.
If it is a chain, they are all cookie cutters. I just thought the handsome young guy looking at a bed in the sketch was me. I was briefly in the Atlanta IKEA store this morning. My wife insisted I go.

VHein said...

Wonderful idea and beautiful sketches! And how like my local IKEA in Burbank, California (although the Swedes appear a bit more dressed up!)

Julie said...

I can totally see these in the next catalog!

Suhita said...

Wow, you captured something about Ikea that seems to span every Ikea worldwide. I could have sworn this is my local Ikea! Love the floor rug in that 2nd sketch. how beautifully you render the pattern and the shadow on it

Shiho Nakaza said...

Great idea! Glad you and your group had fun at IKEA at its birthplace, even if they look like the one at my local IKEA in Los Angeles(and V is right: most people in IKEA here are dressed down in jeans and flip-flops). I'm afraid of drawing inside a store since I've been asked to leave by shopkeepers before, though this gives me an idea to try. And there IS something addicting about IKEA's frozen yogurt!

James Hobbs said...

An excellent place to draw.

Debo Boddiford said...

I have never been in an Ikea store, but this is awesome!! This should be published in their next catalog!
(A cafe on every floor?....I thought only book stores had a cafe.)