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2286 IKEA Names

I recently had the misfortune of creating an object that looks eerily like an IKEA product. In honor of this mishap, I decided the object would need an appropriately IKEA-esque name.

To build a corpus of authentic names from which to draw inspiration, I scraped IKEA’s complete product listing and put the results through a few lines of Python to remove duplicates and return a CSV file of names and descriptions.

A few standouts:

  • NGEBO
  • YSTER
  • SVIT
  • SNÖRIK
  • DOFTA
  • DRÖNA
  • DUKTIG
  • GODMORGON
  • TOKIG

The full list is probably long enough to seed an infinite supply of convincing IKEA product titles… in case anyone’s so inclined. Until then, the official IKEA naming algorithm is documented on Wikipedia.


October 8 2010 at 5 PM