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NCAD, Thursday 4th October
Anthropologist Pauline Garvey from Maynooth University has published a ground-breaking study of IKEA.
Daniel Miller (University College London), David Crowley (NCAD) and Lisa Godson (NCAD) will join Pauline Garvey, offering reflection on the impact on design and material culture.
This book represents the first anthropological ethnography of IKEA consumption and goes to the heart of understanding the unique and at times frantic popularity of this iconic transnational store. Based on a year of participant observation in Stockholm's Kungens Kurva store – the largest in the world – Unpacking IKEA places the retailer squarely within the realm of the home-building efforts of individuals in Stockholm and to a lesser degree in Dublin. IKEA, the world's largest retailer and one of its most interesting, is the focus of intense popular fascination internationally, yet is rarely subject to in-depth anthropological inquiry. In Unpacking IKEA, Garvey follows the furniture from the IKEA store outwards and explores what people actually take home with them.
Come to the Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, to celebrate its publication.
The event is free and open to all. Drinks and canapes will be served.
- Thursday 4th October
- National College of Art & Design, Harry Clarke House, Thomas Street, Merchants Quay, Dublin, Ireland