The Danish Government has set up an investigative committee to examine the case of a female resident of Vesterbro whose apartment contains no items from Swedish retail giant IKEA. Pernille Nielsen, a former secretary at the Tid Holde Museum in Hellerup, was discovered not to have any items from IKEA in her two-bedroom mid-century home, where she has lived for more than 30 years.
Nielsen’s neighbour, Johanne Eriksson, was visiting her on May 29th, 2014, when Eriksson began to notice the lack of any obvious IKEA products, such as Billy bookcases or Ribba frames. Growing increasingly alarmed, Eriksson confronted her friend of two years, at which point Nielsen admitted that she didn’t “believe she had any” items from the furnishings and household-product store. It is thought that Eriksson then exited the apartment and contacted the social services.
Speaking to reporters, a visibly upset Eriksson said that she had become good friends with Nielsen and that if she had known of her predicament, she would have bought her friend a Lack table or some other item. “We have three of them, she could even have borrowed one of ours,” a tearful Eriksson said. Nielsen, who initially refused to comment on the issue, admitted that she had visited the Taastrup branch of IKEA in 1998 and had seen a “nice Hemnes wardrobe,” but having no car, she could not get the required Box A and Box B home on her bicycle.
It is unclear whether charges will be brought against the former secretary. According to advokat Jane Jorgesen from Jens and Mikkelsen Advokats in Copenhagen, everyone knows that ignorance of the law is no defence, but it is “people’s compassion and help” that Nielsen requires at this time.
Police are asking members of the public to be vigilant in spotting friends or relatives who may be in a similar situation, but they stress that this seems to be an isolated incident.