Friday, January 11, 2008

Living Large, IKEA Style

Ready made living environments have always enticed me. From my childhood affection for living in museums ala "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" to my adult affinity for furniture floor room fantasies (fuck Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel is the shit), the prospect of having a beautifully self contained living area that automatically changes with the seasons intrigued me.

Not that I enjoy interior design, floor patterns, or color matting; I just like being able to change my mood with every change of the room.

Enter Colbert Report audience coordinator Mark Malkoff. Aside from a striking resemblance to a younger Colbert, Malkoff has made a name for himself as a comedian and film maker, his first claim to fame coming in the form of visiting all 171 Starbucks in Manhattan, and most recently his exploits living inside an IKEA in Paramus, NJ.

"When Mark Malkoff thought about where he could stay while his New York City apartment was being fumigated for cockroaches, he quickly ruled out friends' places (too small) and hotels (too expensive).
Instead, the comedian and filmmaker decided to move into an Ikea store in suburban New Jersey, where on Monday he unloaded two suitcases into a spacious bedroom at the store."-
Associated Press

Okay, I know it sounds gimmicky, and the fact that his most notable work has been publicity stunts that bring attention to corporate companies doesn't necessarily bode well for his indie cred, but Mark's a likeable enough guy, and who wouldn't want to live inside an IKEA for a whole week away from your wife?

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