Saturday 24 March 2018

Ikea has created its own emoji

For when you've run out of ways to nag your flatmate to tidy the kitchen

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Lauren Davidson

Ikea, the flat-pack king that has made home furnishing easy and affordable, is turning its attention to the wider domestic scene by releasing a set of Ikea-themed emoji.

With the idea of “improving communications at home”, the Swedish company’s emoji allow couples, flatmates or families to remind each other of household chores, send loving gestures and refer to specific well-known pieces of Ikea furniture.

The textable icons cover a range of domestic elements, from a dog and an ironing board to a large pile of laundry and a fully furnished living room.

There’s even an emoji of Ikea’s famous meatballs dish.

“Men and women have always found difficulty in communication,” the company said, noting that “in the home situation misunderstandings occur most around clutter”.

But now the company that fixed our home decor wants to fix our domestic relationships, too. With its new emoji, “all your hints, desires and questions will be understood right away”.

The text add-on can be downloaded for iPhone or Android, although it doesn’t work quite like normal emoji, which appear in the text as soon as an emoji is selected from the keyboard. The Ikea app requires the user to paste the emoji into the text and it looks like a large sticker rather than a small icon.

So next time you want to remind your flatmate to clean the toilet - or invite someone out for meatballs - you know what to do.

And maybe in the future, Ikea’s assembly instructions will come in emoji form.

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