Wednesday, April 1, 2015

IKEA Art Event 2015

My husband and I are currently in the process of redecorating our dining area at home.  We will be changing the rug and light, as well as the art.  I know to some in the design world I will be doing the unthinkable, replacing art that has a story with something more mass produced.  But I have never been an art snob (though I am an art enthusiast and studied art in college), and I have a not so secret love of IKEA.

Sorry for all the glare, but here you can see what currently hangs on the wall in our dining area.  I picked up these cards of Northwest Native Canadian art about thirteen years ago in Montreal, and they have hung here in our home since we moved in in 2006.  Fore reference, here is the entire dining area.

The placement of these cards made more sense when the dining table was against the right wall, and the colors work well with the red rug and brown and black African gourde that we use as a lamp shade, as well as our brown/grey walls (for reference they are Benjamin Moore Weimaraner, yes the color of the dog). But since we are going to change the rug to something black and grey (this picture does not show very well the beating this rug has taken from food dropped by our son and the fraying at the edges from over eager vacuuming) and the light to grey colors as well, it was time for something with a bit more color. That is were the IKEA Art Event 2015 comes in.

As soon as I saw Salty Tolerance by Eko Nugroho I knew this would be the bright pop that we need on our wall.  I have always had a soft sport for graffiti art, and my husband has a thing for well used pink in decor.  What I particularly like about this piece though is the message.  It is a reminder for us to all show tolerance to others in our seemingly often intolerant world.

So even though the official beginning of the IKEA Art Event 2015 is today, April Fools Day, of all days, I had been keeping a close eye on the IKEA website for any signs of it being in stores (OK, let's be real, I look at the IKEA website everyday anyway).  So when a banner ad on the site on Monday said the collection was "In Stores Now" I had to call to confirm.  The man on the phone said that indeed the poster was in my local IKEA, so off we went.  When we arrived at the poster section of the marketplace I did not see any of the limited edition posters and immediately asked an associate for help.  After some digging, it turned out that while the posters were indeed in the building, they were not going to be put out until today.  So my husband and I used some of our tenacity and guilt-bagging (that's why we called ahead! we have a toddler!) and where able to get a manager to bring one of these beauties down to us. We are now the proud owners of one of the 42 available Salty Tolerance posters from our local IKEA.  Work, life, and toddlerdom has delayed us from hanging it yet, but I will post a pic as soon as I can.

In the meantime, enjoy some of the other great posters from the IKEA Art Event 2015 and run to your local IKEA if you want any, since they truly are limited edition.

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