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Interview with a Baby Boomer: Ikea Is A Four Letter Word

I asked my mother, born in the Baby Boomer generation, if there was something design-related she dislikes. It took her awhile to think of something, but soon her face scrunched up as she uttered, “sleek, modern, Swedish furniture.” I, of course, asked her why she did not like it.
My mom described Swedish furniture, namely Ikea furniture, as the following: ‘cheap ass’, cold-looking, and not homey. My favorite of her descriptions was “if you were going to strap somebody down and execute them, it would be on Ikea furniture.” She continued to say that Ikea furniture looks clinical, breaks down easily, and it doesn’t feel nice. I asked her if this was limited to furniture you would put in your living room, and she replied that she wouldn’t put Ikea furniture in any room.  Neutral colors like white, gray, and beige drain the color from a living space.
I decided to ask her what her ideal furniture design would entail. She prefers more antique designs. Nice hardwood (like walnut, cherry, or mahogany), a rich luster, medium brown tones, and being able to see the grain of the wood were all part of her specifications for her ideal furniture. She values craftsmanship over bare functionality.

I thought of the Ikea consumers that I know in my life. Most of the people I know who use Ikea furniture are young couples, college students, or those fresh out of college in their first real home/apartment. I also know a few others who prefer Ikea furniture designs because it fits a more modern home aesthetic for a decent price. I asked her if her stable financial situation influenced her decisions at all, as antique, hardwood furniture tends to cost much more than Ikea furniture. She denied her financial situation had anything to do with it; it was just her taste in furniture. She stated that she would rather invest in one good piece of furniture and sit on the floor than invest in Ikea. Using yard sales and Facebook Marketplace to find pieces of antique furniture for a good price is also an option for her.

While my mom does not represent all Baby Boomers, I have a question for the readers.

Why do you think the Baby Boomers prefer more expensive, antique furniture over modern, Ikea furniture? Childhood associations? Functionality? Durability? Purely aesthetic reasons?