IKEA Wants the White House.

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More specifically, it wants its couches and desks and bedroom sets and carpets and oblong dishware inside the White House. (See concept design for the Oval Office, which doesn't so much say "President" as it does "patriotic single mom with puppy and kindergartener.")

And by adopting the "Change" message that worked so well for Obama, it hopes you'll help achieve its goal. Witness and wince while it slathers Washington, DC's Union Station with bright yellow propaganda:

o "The time for domestic reform is NOW!" (At left.)
o "Fiscally responsible home furnishings FOR ALL!"
o "Change Begins AT HOME!"

Through this week, IKEA's "Embrace Change '09" campaign will park its "fiscally responsible" version of the Oval Office in Union Station, where Joe Plumbers of all stripes can sit in the President's chair. Visitors will also be invited to sign a guestbook welcoming Obama and his family to the White House (where the book will eventually be delivered).

Next week, the website (linked above) will enable site visitors to design their own virtual Oval Office. Register for a chance to win furnishings; three runners-up will get IKEA gift cards valued at $1500. Hey, brother, that could buy you three EKTORP couches.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-12-09   Click to Comment   
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Online, Outdoor, Political   

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They didn't even take the time to steam the two American flags. Visual fail.

Posted by: Amanda on January 12, 2009 2:24 PM

They didn't even take the time to steam the two American flags. Visual fail.

Posted by: Amanda on January 12, 2009 2:34 PM

IKEA in the white house? Please.

Posted by: Interior Design on January 12, 2009 7:01 PM

Another part of this campaign consists of driving a fleet of limos and suvs around dc for 2 days wasting gasoline in the name of promotion. There's a protest and petition about it going around - www.ikeafans.com/blog has articles and more info.

Posted by: Slithery on January 13, 2009 7:57 AM

They also have them in the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop, in addition to Union Station. In fact, it's most prevalent there.

Posted by: Ed on January 13, 2009 9:06 AM

It's cleverly tacky.

Posted by: Clay on January 14, 2009 8:24 AM

I also liked the mock motorcade they planned through DC during inauguration week. Overall, this was a great campaign that combined a number of different elements across many different mediums into one fluid experience that was both fun and timely.

http://thefutureofads.com/2009/01/19/ikea-to-embrace-change-and-decorate-oval-office-for-obama/

Posted by: Cory O'Brien on January 20, 2009 5:02 PM

I also liked the mock motorcade they planned through DC during inauguration week. Overall, this was a great campaign that combined a number of different elements across many different mediums into one fluid experience that was both fun and timely.

http://thefutureofads.com/2009/01/19/ikea-to-embrace-change-and-decorate-oval-office-for-obama/

Posted by: Cory O'Brien on January 20, 2009 5:10 PM

IKEA, sounds great.

Posted by: air jordans on July 23, 2009 11:52 PM







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