Life in Abu Dhabi: The Lack coffee table is 35 years old and going strong

by Rashmee

Posted on December 29, 2014



lack-tv-bench__0193988_PE350210_S4I looked at my Lack table(s) here in my Abu Dhabi flat and remembered a fragment of its unremarkable history.

“The Lack coffee table first graced the pages of an Ikea catalogue in 1981,” writes Jessica Contrera in this Washington Post piece on the ubiquitous item of furniture.

It was the year President Reagan was shot and MTV launched on cable television, she reminds and the first US Ikea store wouldn’t even open (in Philadelphia) until four years later.

The article recalls the New York Times offering a pronunciation key to Ikea. It clarified that it’s: “Ikea (pronounced eye-KEY-ah)”

Now, of course, few need a pronunciation guide to Ikea and most people have bought many Lack tables in the course of their lives.

Moi indeed.

Jack Kerouac
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”
– Jack Kerouac

Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK

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