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Saturday, December 02, 2006


After successfully wrestling an Ikea wardrobe into existence, I collapsed into bed contently. Lying there, I wondered why it was so satisfying to make Ikea furniture. Then it dawned - it was exactly the same feeling I used to have after making Lego according to the instructions. And what is Ikea but larger Lego? Both companies hail from Scandinavian countries, the design-oriented areas of Northern Europe, and both global products are known for their DIY Build it for Dummies ethos.

But why can't the Scandinavians step up another notch in their simple instructions - why not Ikea-style houses? Why stop at filling rooms with furniture? Think bigger - prefab houses constructed overnight, in an updated version of a Amish barn-raising.