Next time a child asks the age-old question of “Where do babies come from?” the answer can start off with, “Well, first, they go to IKEA…”
The New York Times recently shared some stats that reveal the inexpensive home goods store might be more impressive than we thought. Not only does one of the Swedish giant’s popular Billy bookcases sell every ten seconds in one of its 387 convenient locations (spread across 48 countries), but the article also reports that 1 in 10 Europeans are conceived in IKEA beds.
In an ode to all things IKEA, the article continues to say that approximately 884 million people visited the store last year, ranging from fresh-faced kids trying to scrape together a decent-looking first pad to masters of design looking for a good deal on a modern credenza.
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“IKEA furnishings are part of our everyday lives, as ubiquitous as air,” the article states, which isn’t too much of a stretch. Designers and artists have taken note of its presence, teaming up with the company to create items that look (and feel) higher-end, and even Hollywood’s elite are expressing interest in collaborations. Specifically one rapper who broadly declared he wants to get in on the IKEA game.
“I have to work with IKEA — make furniture for interior design, for architecture,” Kanye West, 39, recently said in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. “Yo IKEA, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I want a bed that he makes, I want a chair that he makes.”
IKEA responded to his comment with this statement and lighthearted Facebook post:
“We are really flattered for the attention around the visit, and also in Kanye West’s high interest in IKEA,” a spokesperson told PEOPLE. “There have been many speculations around potential plans for future collaborations, but we can confirm that we have no collaboration at this moment.”
Sorry, Kanye. Looks like babies will just have to be made on the Malm for now.