IKEA’s product names have a meaning and a reason

All those strange names sound like Elvish. Still, we’ve all learned lots of IKEA’s products’ names (even if we probably don’t get the pronunciation right).

Lots of them correspond to places located in Scandinavian countries, such as hall furniture, beds, and wardrobes (Norwegian); dining tables and chairs (Finnish and Swedish); and carpets (Danish places).

Desks and chairs have received men’s names, such as the Micke desk (Micke is short for Mikael, Swedish for Michael), while fabrics, materials, and curtains have women’s names.

According to IKEA themselves, there’s a reason for this system: the company’s founder was dyslexic so he needed a code to classify the products.



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